The City of Arroyo Grande is in its second year of hosting a unique clinic that brings together local teenagers helping senior citizens with day-to-day technology needs.
“My high school daughter saw the need for this class a few years ago when her grandparents were always asking her questions about their phones, iPads, and other technology. She wondered how many other seniors there were in the community that also couldn’t figure out technology but had no one to ask,” states City Councilmember, Kristen Barneich.
This class allows for seniors to bring in their list of questions from downloading an app on their phone; to how to set-up their email; or even just how to send a photo to their family via a text message. The high school students not only enjoy working with local residents, but also receive community service hours for their work. It is a great collaboration between the two generations and one that the City hopes to continue to grow and offer throughout the year.
“The City of Arroyo Grande and its Recreation Services Department has put forth a concerted effort to offer more classes and opportunities that our community wants to participate in. This is one of those classes that really has found a need among our active senior community and we will continue to offer more throughout the year,” continues Barneich.
The next Senior Tech Clinic will take place on September 21st and is free to participants. Those interested can register online at www.arroyogrande.org or in person at the Mark M. Millis Community Center located at 1221 Ash Street, Arroyo Grande. Questions can be directed to Kelly Reynolds, Program Coordinator, at (805)473-5473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheridan Bohlken, Recreation Services Director