MyWay Village is teaching digital literacy courses at computer centers in 16 senior citizen housing communities across Northern Illinois. Besides access to computer labs, MyWay Village offers residents computer training classes on a variety of topics including computer basics, Internet fundamentals, advanced Internet searching techniques, Microsoft Office® software tips, and webpage design. As an added incentive, individuals who complete 12 hours of training receive a free personal computer.
Additionally, MyWay Village holds weekly interactive discussion groups where community residents can talk and learn computer and Internet basics from each other. The organization, which is in the process of changing its name to ConnectedLiving, Inc., helps residents use digital technology to connect with family members, access health information online, and exercise using YouTube dance videos. MyWay Village also, in collaboration with local Workforce Investment Act organizations, helps seniors leverage their new digital literacy skills to find part-time work.
This project was made possible by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.