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Youth Teaching Adults is a free introductory digital literacy program for adult learners, led by youth volunteer-tutors. The program helps adults increase their digital literacy skills with the support of youth volunteer-tutors who are looking to develop their leadership skills.

The program is a collaboration between ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) and Youth Empowering Parents (YEP). The two organizations have come together to bring the program to underserved communities across Canada.

Workshop materials have been developed by YEP, and adapted by ABC for clear language, for use with adult learners. The program is presented with funding from the Government of Canada.

How It Works

Youth Teaching Adults works best in a one-on-one workshop setting.

Organizations simply sign up to host one or more workshops, and ABC will connect them with a partner organization to help recruit adults or youth volunteers. If you’ve already got access to both learners and volunteers, then great, you’re all set!

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get access to online training as well the learning platform where you can find free lesson plans and resources. You’ll also be assigned a programs coordinator that you can contact with any questions.

You can run as many workshops as you’d like, as often as you’d like. We recommend 90 minutes for each workshop, but you could choose to shorten or extend your workshops based on your learners’ needs. Most organizations choose to run one workshop each week, over 6-8 weeks, but it’s a good idea to start with 3-4 workshops at first.

Workshop materials are written at a literacy level 2 (grade 6-8 reading level) and use Clear Language and Design (CLAD). The program is highly flexible and adult learners choose what they want to learn. All workshop materials are available online and can be adapted according to the needs of individual groups. With over 50 lesson plans to choose from, adults can learn how to use social media, navigate a smartphone or set up email.

Who Can Run a Workshop?

Anyone looking to share digital literacy education by bringing free programming to their community can host a workshop. This could include organizations that serve youth, adults, seniors, or all three groups.

Some organizations that have run workshops include:

  • Schools & School Boards
  • Libraries
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Seniors’ Centres
  • Learning Centres
  • Community Health Centres
  • Newcomers’ Centres
  • Community Centres
  • After-School Programs

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The Youth Teaching Adults program was developed in collaboration with Youth Empowering Parents


This project has been partly funded by the Government of Canada through the Digital Literacy Exchange Program.