Published on Thu, 03/28/2019 by ABC Life Literacy Canada

Youths teach digital literacy to Adult Learners

TORONTO, March 28, 2019 /COMMUNITYWIRE/ – In the age of rapidly changing technology, it can be difficult to keep up. While some Canadians thrive on new digital devices and technology, others find it confusing and daunting. How do we connect tech-savvy individuals with those who could benefit the most from their knowledge? Introducing: Youth Teaching Adults.

"Youth Teaching Adults will bring together youth tutors and adult learners for a rewarding intergenerational learning experience where both the tutor and adult will build confidence and skills."

Youth Teaching Adults is a collaboration between ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) and Youth Empowering Parents (YEP). It provides an opportunity for youth to develop their leadership skills through teaching technology to adult learners one-on-one, and for learners to increase their digital literacy skills.

“We are excited to bring such highly regarded digital literacy resources to our national network of community learning organizations through our collaboration with Youth Empowering Parents,” said Mack Rogers, ABC Executive Director. “Youth Teaching Adults will bring together youth tutors and adult learners for a rewarding intergenerational learning experience where both the tutor and adult will build confidence and skills."

YEP has contributed its award-winning training methodology, digital literacy lesson plans, and an online learning platform to Youth Teaching Adults to support program growth. ABC will extend the reach of the program by leveraging its national network of community learning organizations to reach under-served communities across the country. The training and resources have also been adapted by ABC for clear language for use with adult learners.

“Since launching in Toronto in 2010, YEP’s model and program materials have empowered thousands of young people around the world to be one-on-one instructors to adults and seniors in various life skills,” said Agazi Afewerki, Executive Director, Youth Empowering Parents. “We’re excited to partner with ABC to grow the reach of our digital literacy program to new communities across Canada.”

Youth Teaching Adults is presented with funding from the Government of Canada through the Digital Literacy Exchange Program. The program will introduce French lesson plans and resources this fall.

To find out more about Youth Teaching Adults, to access online lesson plans, and to sign your organization up to volunteer or to host a workshop, please visit YouthTeachingAdults.ca.

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About ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy and essential skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. We envision a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life. For the latest news and information on adult literacy please visit www.abclifeliteracy.ca, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook page.

About Youth Empowering Parents

Youth Empowering Parents, a Canadian charitable organization, transforms young people from “educated” to “educator.” It is premised on the phenomenon of children naturally teaching English, computers, and other skills to parents and grandparents at home, and has built a training program model whereby the teaching potential of any young person can be unlocked. All programs are free, enabling adults and seniors to acquire one-on-one tutoring, while providing young people with a meaningful volunteer leadership experience. The organization has received global and national innovation awards from the United Nations and The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. For more information on youth as educators, please visit www.yepeducation.com.

For more information, please contact:

Ana Oliveira
Director of Marketing, Communications and Development
ABC Life Literacy Canada
416-218-0010 ext. 121
aoliveira@abclifeliteracy.ca

 

Additional Resources:

Matte story: Connecting tech-savvy youths with adult learners