Georgia teens share tech skills with rural adults

Georgia teens share tech skills with rural adults

About 1.6 million Georgians lack access to high-speed internet — a problem common in rural areas around the country. Yet technology has become only more and more central to daily life.

Recognizing that many people in their communities have limited technology skills due to access issues, Georgia 4-H’ers are teaching adult audiences about digital literacy through the 4-H Tech Changemakers, a national grant-funded project. The effort gives youth a chance to use their tech know-how — something that comes second nature for many of today’s young people — to help more than 5,000 people in 2021-2022.

The youth work with University of Georgia Extension agents and volunteers to plan the programming.

When surveyed, 95% of adult participants said the 4-H’ers taught them new tech skills, and 96% said what they had learned would help in their work and life.

The project has flourished thanks to partnerships with local government entities, schools, a chamber of commerce, technical colleges, businesses and other groups.

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