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Cyber-Seniors’ goal is to bridge the digital divide and connect generations through technology.

Cyber-Seniors : Connecting Generations

United States, Canada
Cyber-Seniors trains students to become technology mentors for older adults and provides them with the opportunity to receive practical experience while earning service hours. Upon completion students are awarded a completion certificate and become eligible for awards and prizes. Through this experience students develop important job skills that enhance opportunities for future employment.

What is Cyber-Seniors : Connecting Generations?

Building on the award-winning film and high school community service project, Cyber-Seniors is a non-profit organization that encourages tech-savvy youth to put their knowledge to good use by mentoring older adults in technology. 

The program is comprised of the following two phases.  

Phase 1: Mentor Training Program 

Students watch 6 interactive video lessons on the Cyber-Seniors web portal, that cover the following themes- 

1. Intro to Cyber -Seniors

2. Tips for Working with Older Adults 

3. Teaching Technology to Older Adults

4. Why Measure?

5. Staying Safe Online

6. Troubleshooting Technology

After completing each lesson, students take a short online quiz which earns them a Cyber­ Seniors Mentor Training Certificate and digital badge.  

Educators may also lead students through a number of learning activities (provided on the web portal) that help develop a variety of skills that further prepare them for their role as digital mentors.  

Phase 2: Volunteer Experience

In this Phase students apply their new skills by volunteering as digital mentors. Over 1200 resources are available on the Cyber-Seniors web portal to assist students in their mentoring role. The system automatically logs the students volunteer time and awards them a Cyber-Seniors Volunteer Service Certificate and digital badge after completing 16 hours.  

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These Tech Nonprofits for Seniors Pivoted Online–With Challenges - Techonomy
Minneapolis Seniors Center pres Nov 2019-Youth testimonial
Cyber-Seniors | HundrED Spotlight 2019
Cyber-Seniors Website Tour
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Cyber-Seniors Documentary - Official Trailer


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