Ensuring everyone has the opportunity to learn…
Part of the Sea to Sky Freenet Association’s mission is to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to learn how to use computers regardless of their socio-economic status. To accomplish this, we provide free tutoring on computer basics. In addition, we tutor on advanced topics for a fee that is on a sliding scale according to what the participant can afford. All funds generated help support the sustainability of the organization.
One to One Tutoring
Tutoring sessions are one-to-one so that the participant can ensure that they learn at their own pace, continuously ask questions, and have the opportunity to interact directly with the computer and their tutor.
Please see the links on the left for topics that are covered in Basic and Advanced Tutoring.
For beginners, we recommend one one-hour session per week with the same tutor until the student is comfortable using the computer on their own. We encourage participants to visit our lab (for no charge) in between sessions to specifically practice and go over what they have learned so far.
Tutoring from Youth Interns
Free Tutoring is taught by Youth Interns. Youth Interns are youth between the ages of 15-30 who work at the Hotspot in order to gain valuable work experience through providing customer service, working on community projects (including event planning, creating promotional materials, websites, performing various administrative tasks, etc.), and providing computer tutoring to the public.
The Value of Youth
Modern Youth have extraordinary knowledge of the Internet and software applications. As they have grown up using computers, their knowledge is often second-nature and very intuitive. As a result, they understand new concepts quickly and are very commonly known to be able to teach themselves new tools, applications and software as they come across them. They often find sharing their knowledge with adults to be empowering and helpful in building confidence. As well, many adults have commented that being taught by youth is a very refreshing experience.