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San Diego Futures Foundation: Helping Seniors Become Tech-Savvy

By Whitney Cotter

San Diego Futures Foundations (SDFF) is a local 501c3 tech nonprofit dedicated to environmental sustainability and community welfare. For nearly 20 years, they have been at the forefront of providing hardware, IT services, and educational programs to nonprofits and individuals alike.

In particular, they cater to senior citizens to ensure they remain connected and up-to-date with today’s technology. SDFF’s Senior Digital Literacy Program is available and FREE to all seniors (50+) who reside in San Diego County. Their peer-based instructional program, taught by tech-savvy seniors (50+), has been carefully designed to instruct seniors on the use of a computer, while remaining safe online.

SDFF’s current curriculum includes a 4-week Basic Senior Digital Literacy course.

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During the 4 week course senior’s will learn:

  • Getting to know your computer
  • Microsoft Word
  • Navigate web browsers
  • E-mail

Additionally, they offer 2-hour workshops to supplement digital literacy. Workshops include but are not limited to:

  • Internet
  • Internet Safety
  • E-mail
  • Facebook
  • Skype
  • Amazon
  • Smartphone 101
  • And more . . .

Classes and workshops help build seniors’ confidence with computer and the internet, but more importantly, help them remain connected with loved ones.

SDFF’s Golden Triangle collaboration between SDFF providing the curriculum, Senior Tech Ambassadors teaching the curriculum, and partner sites providing the space for classes and workshops offers a valuable collaboration for seniors to learn in a safe user-friendly environment.

As a tech-nonprofit, they are working hard to bridge the digital divide and create social equity across the County of San Diego. 

To learn more about Senior Digital Literacy at San Diego Futures Foundation please contact them at (619) 269-1684 ext. 230 or visit their website https://sdfutures.org/.