One high school student is bridging the gap between generations.
Residents at Brandon Wilde Retirement Community are getting a lesson in technology.
Cyber Seniors is a film that is creating an international campaign where students teach senior citizens how to use new technology.
Greenbrier High School Senior Sam Chu is excited to be the first to introduce this program to the area.
What started as his senior project has turned into an opportunity to impact several lives.
These seniors might be out of school but for the next 2 months they’re back in class, learning the ins and outs of new age technology.
“I have a computer and an IPad I can afford those things but I can’t figure out what I’m supposed to do with them,” Jan Van Kreuner, resident at Brandon Wilde said.
Jan Van Keuren is 82-years-old, but that’s not stopping her from keeping up with the rest of the world.
“Seniors are not slow, they just need to be taught it their way,” she explained.
17-year-old, Sam Chu says this isn’t what he imagined he would be doing at the beginning of the school year.
“I had planned to do something really easy and simple but my sister, Joyce, recommended that I do something that would actually impact other people’s lives,” Chu explained.
He says he’s glad he did, and so are the dozens of senior citizens who signed up to learn more about Facebook, Youtube, email and much more.
“Be connected with people, and be aware of what’s going on in the world, and what’s not, just sit by the sidelines and not know what’s going on,” Van Keuren said.
Wellness Director Avery Villines says it’s the multigenerational interaction that’s so vital to both the teens and seniors.
“Cyber Seniors is a program we thought it’s not just about the electronics, its’ not just about learning what to do with my iPhone or my smartphone or my iPad, it’s for us it’s about the interaction,” Vallines said.
The program lasts for 8 weeks. For his Senior project, Chu will record the progress of each senior makes over two months.
And at the end, the “students” will be asked to make a Youtube video showing what they’ve learned.