Central New York

Syracuse Summer Youth Program is getting Tech Savvy

(c) 2018 Kids working on computers and instructor helping -Danielle Bulluck


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By Danielle Bulluck SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) —- Syracuse University Southside Communication Summer Youth Program is teaching kids in the neighborhood how to properly use a computer. Each year the youth program adds a new activity for kids to learn during the summer.

The site coordinator of the youth program, Rachielle Wilkins, says the kids in the program needed the computer classes because they don’t know the basic computer skills.

“What we were finding out is a lot of the kids don’t know how to use a computer, they can play games but they actually did not even know how to turn the computer off or on. They did not even know how to save a file,” Wilkins said.

Wilkins has an SU professor from the iSchool come in and guide the kids in the program through the basic computer-like typing, saving files and more. The kids in the program range from 5th grade to 11th grade.

They also offer photography classes that an SU student created two years ago to give kids another skill to learn, along with sewing. Wilkins says these techniques are something the kids need to  learn.

She also said that these skills are things they normally don’t get.

“Just to give them different outlets they can have an opportunity to something different that their not getting,” Wilkins said.