The Young Mentors Program
This program aims to train students to help members of the older generation with their use of technology but also learn from the seniors’ life experiences.
Early this year we had planned to run a face to face Young Mentors Training Program in partnership with the eSafety Commissioner and local high schools. We would run 2 instructional meetings with the students at their schools to teach them the basics of digital mentoring and to encourage them to reflect on their own use of technology in comparison of that of older generations. There would then be 2 practical sessions where the students would come to our Dropin sessions to get practice at helping seniors with technology and experience some inter-generational conversation.
We had put these plans on hold when schools and aged care facilities closed due to COVID19 restrictions.
Now we are running all our Dropin help sessions with seniors online, we decided that we could do the same with the Young Mentors Training.
Our first online offering of the Young Mentors Training Program has just finished with 10 High School Students and 2 senior Primary School students from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven successfully completing the program.