Since we launched DII in October 2009, nearly 500 of our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) participants have assisted over 20,000 adults—most of them 55 and older and from all walks of life—in taking those first steps on their world-changing journey across the digital divide.
Using Generations on Line, an online computer tutorial designed for older adult learners, our SCSEP participant “peer coaches” are there—in public settings including libraries, senior centers, faith-based organizations and community action agencies—to provide patience and understanding when their “new learners” struggle, often for the very first time, to use a computer mouse, send and receive emails, and do online website searches.
- Alexian Brothers
- Senior Neighbors
- Chattanooga, Tenn.
In a DII session, when I see how easy it is for others to learn something new, that gives me the encouragement I need.
- Community Action
- Action Agency of Siouxland
- Sioux City, Iowa
Now I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do.
- Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland
- Baltimore, Md.
It builds you up, it makes you know you’re okay and not too old to learn.
A special welcome from Senior Service America, Inc. to all who are using Generations on Line as new learners and users of the Internet!
Through January 2011, you are one of 20,000 older adults in 16 states we have reached through our Digital Inclusion Initiative and Generations on Line. Like you, they also learned how to use a mouse, send email, and search the Web after they turned 50 or older. We want you to join the 8,000 older adults who completed their Skills Checklist.