Tutor/Mentor Connection

Connect knowledge, volunteers, youth and make a difference.

One of the ways that kids can increase their chances of succeeding is computer knowledge. One great way to expose kids to the intricacies of operating systems is open source, Linux software. Simply installing Linux in VM Ware is a great way to get started. With a Satellite Internet, DSL or cable connection, kids can play with all sorts of systems. They can then learn the basic skills needed to tweak the systems, therefore increasing their knowledge in how computers work. Most open source software is free and can be a great tool to tutor kids. What do you guys think?

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Comment by Daniel Bassill on January 3, 2010 at 9:26pm
Creating access to this technology is a step that comes before kids can be exposed to the many worlds of technology. Many of the tutor/mentor programs that we support are located in inner city Chicago where high poverty means that many families do not have home access to the Internet, or even have computers. A tutor/mentor program, if one exists in a neighborhood, can offer that access, and can recruit volunteers who work with technology in their jobs, to mentor kids in the ways they might use it.

Thus, part of the purposes of this forum is to help existing programs expand they ways the connect youth to all forms of learning, including via technology,. while also helping local residents, faith groups, and businesses form new programs where none now exist.

What is the level of need for tutor/mentor programs where you live?

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