High school students teach tech to seniors

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teens know technology. Kids coming of age today have never known a time without cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. They’re the default experts.

And next week, local teens are sharing their wisdom with Teton County residents who may not be as technologically literate. Thanks to a partnership with Jackson Hole High School, AARP Wyoming, and The Senior Center of Jackson Hole, Teton County residents can get free one-on-one tutoring about their mobile devices from the people who know best.

Senior High Tech is a free training, lunch included, on Oct. 22 from 12–2 p.m. at the Senior Center. Participants need not be AARP members in order to benefit — all are welcome.

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Teton County residents can receive free one-on-one tutoring on their cell phones and other mobile devices thanks to high school students from Jackson Hole High School on October 22 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole in Jackson. To learn more, check out: http://spr.ly/618511Ayv

Posted by AARP Wyoming on Monday, October 14, 2019

Students from Jackson Hole High School will be teachers for a day and offer tech support to anyone struggling with their mobile devices.

AARP Wyoming has been sponsoring Senior High Tech events for two years across the state. At each event, a group of students from the local high school provides one-on-one tutoring sessions to those aged 50 and over in the community. During past Senior High Tech events, high school students have helped citizens with questions like finding old emails, sending photos to loved ones, or adding apps to the phone. These are typically easy answers to offer and the library does have WIFi, allowing for work online.

AARP Wyoming supports the events as they help address issues with social isolation, both in-person at Senior High Tech events, as well as by helping those age 50 and over to better engage online. According to studies, social isolation has the same health impact as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

A presentation by Wyoming Relay will follow the technology tutoring at 2 p.m. The Wyoming Relay/Deaf Services Program is proudly offered by the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, an agency of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. The Wyoming Relay/Deaf Services Program provides numerous services to individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech impaired, and to individuals, businesses, or agencies that work with or assist these individuals. Wyoming Relay staff will be on-site at The Senior Center of Jackson Hole on Oct. 22 to offer various forms of assistance for those who struggle with hearing loss.

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