Partnership with Byte Back Offers Opportunities to Bridge the Digital Divide

Stephanie Chong

We are thrilled to announce a new collaboration between the DC Villages and Byte Back to create digital equity and close the digital divide for older adults in our community.

With generous support from The Washington Home Foundation, the DC Villages will work with Byte Back to pilot a program to enhance digital literacy for our members. DC Villages has collaborated with Byte Back to develop a comprehensive training model to provide the tools and support to help members navigate technology with confidence.

Digital Skills Training - Village members will have the opportunity to participate in a Computer Foundations class – an intensive training that is specially tailored to our members’ reported needs and interests. No computer experience is required.

Digital Navigators Program – Village volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in Byte Back’s 360 Digital Navigators training - a program that teaches the fundamentals of adult learning science, effective teaching strategies, and how to work with someone with limited digital skills. Upon completion of this training, volunteers – who don’t need specialized computer skills, just a basic fluency with routine technology - will be equipped with the skills, resources, and knowledge necessary to support Village members with gaining access to the internet and navigating everyday tasks.

What’s next? This pilot program will be carried out throughout the year. Classes will be held in various locations around the city to ensure members and volunteers from all Villages can participate in or near their community. We will keep you posted on training opportunities in our area when they are made available.

We are looking forward to offering this exciting program to our Village community.

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