Digital Literacy Workshops Scheduled for Summer

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California looks to continue bridging the digital, generational divide with its second series of Digital Leadership Program workshops beginning July 11.

Launched in December 2011, the Digital Leadership Program, part of the Jtown Connected Project organized by the JCCCNC, was created to educate seniors on basic computer skills and current technology, educate youth to be teachers and leaders, and bridge different generations through digital literacy.

The first DLP series helped 30 senior citizen students gain basic knowledge to use a computer and communicate with family and friends through email and social media.  Eleven youth instructors from the Japanese Youth Leaders (JYL) program, a program by the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) that fosters leadership and personal development, developed the lesson plans, designed the handouts and executed the workshops.

The series of five digital literacy workshops will begin on Wednesday, July 11, and will continue weekly on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The workshops will include instruction on PC basics, uploading photos and information organization, introduction to the Internet, and email basics. Classes will be limited to only 15-20 students to improve student-to-instructor ratio, and one-on-one tutoring sessions is being added this summer to help address the students’ individual needs.

Fees are $6 per class for JCCCNC members and $10 for non-members. Rates for the one-hour tutoring are $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Deadline to register is Friday, June 29.

The JCCCNC is located at 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco Japantown. For more information and to register, visit www.jcccnc.org or contact Ryan Kimura at (415) 567-5505.

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