The Youth Teaching Adults program connects adult learners with youth volunteer-tutors who provide one-on-one digital literacy education. You could choose to run the program at your adult/senior-serving organization or bring your learners to a youth-serving organization’s location in your area.
Who can host a Youth Teaching Adults workshop?
Anyone looking to share digital literacy education by bringing free programming to their community can host a workshop. The host organization could serve: youth, adults or seniors. This includes, but is not limited to:
How does the program work?
Youth Teaching Adults workshops help adults increase their digital literacy skills with the support of youth volunteer-tutors who are looking to develop their leadership skills. The program is highly flexible and adult learners choose what they want to learn. Host organizations run as many workshops, as often as they 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 will 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.
The first step toward running a Youth Teaching Adults workshop is to book your workshop online by completing the Sign-up for a Workshop form. Once submitted, your Youth Teaching Adults Program Coordinator will work with you to secure a partner organization (a youth-serving organization) in your area. Your Program Coordinator will also give you access to the online learning platform where you can find lesson plans and additional resources.
A representative from your organization will serve as the Youth Teaching Adults workshop facilitator, to guide the learning. The facilitator works directly with ABC to coordinate workshops and completes the online training (a great addition to your professional development portfolio), which includes:
- Training and managing youth as tutors in a one-on-one setting
- Providing helpful feedback to youth to help them improve their teaching skills
- Identifying skills gaps in youth and adult learners and matching youth volunteer-tutors with adult learners
Youth Teaching Adults is completely introductory so you don’t need to have a lot of experience with digital literacy education to facilitate workshops.
All of the Youth Teaching Adults training and workshop materials are online. By booking your workshop, you gain access to all of the online materials.
Sample lesson plans: Google Maps, Google Search, Google Translate, Device Gestures, How to Use a Mouse
Evaluation: You will receive a pre- and post-workshop online evaluation link for each learner and youth volunteer-tutor in your workshop. We use the completed evaluations to assess the program impact and effectiveness to ensure the material is relevant and interesting to learners. Please be sure to have your adult learners and youth volunteer-tutors complete the online evaluations before and after your workshops.
The online evaluations prompt us to send you an honorarium for the set of workshop(s) you ran. They also show us how to improve the program.
Some examples of lesson plan topics:
- How to use Google Calendar
- Connecting WiFi on your smartphone
- How to use Gmail
- How to use a photos or picture gallery app
- How to use Google Maps