What better way to put your teenage tech skills to good use?
Three Somers High School sophomores who have been friends since the third grade have decided to put their tech savvy skills to good use by offering tech support to senior citizens in our community. Jay Wilkinson, Sean Kim and Nicholas Maurantonio don’t only enjoy playing computer games together, but they also enjoy helping their grandparents with their tech problems.
Smart phones, computers, tablets, zoom sessions and the endless list of tech encounters can be exhausting and frustrating to anyone who is not familiar with these modern day necessities.
Wilkinson tries to help his grandmother with her phone and computer problems. He first started helping his grandmother when she got her new car. She needed help to sync her phone to the car audio and navigation system. Kim had taught his grandfather how to change over to Microsoft a few years ago and he enjoyed the whole experience. Maurantonio is also the go to person in his family for tech help.
Understanding the frustrations seniors experience navigating through the tech world, Wilkinson decided to help others like his grandmother to be able to navigate through these gadgets easily. The 15-year-old, who is planning to pursue Cyber Security and Game Development in college, teamed up with his friends, Kim and Maurantonio to pitch in to help. The Somers Tech Teens (www.sitenotes.wix.com/techteens) was formed and is aimed to be a community service project to help senior citizens in our community.
The idea is to offer tech help free of charge to Somers senior citizens who have to rely on technology, more so now where most everything is done online. With zoom sessions, facetime, apps, smart phones and tablets usage in daily life, seniors could really use some help navigating through these without having to pay for the service.
The teens don’t call themselves experts but they intend to offer help with whatever tech knowledge they have. The sophomores share the same passion for technology and each have their own impressive knowledge of the tech world often self taught by trial and error.
Wilkinson is an AP Computer Science student. He earned his first college credits from RIT during his high school freshmen year as a Project Lead The Way student. He also learns coding (Python and Java) privately on weekends. Kim has valuable self-taught knowledge in computer software and hardware and has been taking computer animation classes since his freshmen year in high school. He plans to pursue Music Production and Computer Programming in college. Maurantonio is a double accelerated Math student. He has been a member of the Student Council for seven years and has served as Class President, Chief Technology Officer and currently Community Service Officer. He is also a student representative to the Somers Library Foundation and plans on studying Mathematics in college.
The three teens are smart, polite and are patient when it comes to helping seniors. They are confident they can help the senior community navigate through the ever changing and challenging tech world.
The Somers Tech Teens will be holding a series of webinars addressing different common tech problems, followed by a Q&A session to answer any tech related questions. The webinars will be held via zoom sessions in collaboration with the Somers Library.
Among the topics that will be covered beginning this January are:
Everything you need to know about Zoom. at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9; Knowing your smart phone, a three part series; Texting Culture: Do’s and Don’ts; and What is an app? Useful apps for seniors
Call the Somers Library at 914 232 5717 or visit www.somerslibrary.org to register for the Somers Tech Teens Webinar Series.
In addition to the webinars, senior citizens are welcome to ask any tech related questions at anytime by filling in a tech support form on the Somers Tech Teens website: www.sitenotes.wix.com/techteens.