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Posted on Apr 11, 2019

Year three of computer literacy classes begins – taught by students

Once again, Quincy High School students will take on the role of mentors and teachers for grownups wanting to learn the ins and outs of the cyberworld.
Members of the Microsoft-sponsored 4-H Tech Changemakers group will start lessons at the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center. This year, the target audience will be not just seniors, but all adults.
This time, the group will tackle a variety of subjects: being safe online, safe online shopping, privacy and security, parental roles online, and others. Each week, the group of instructors will tackle each subject for about two hours.
The classes are free, as are the snacks offered during class, said Nora Medina, one of the in-structors, along with Daisy Buenrostro and others, such as Daisy’s sister, Esme, a freshman.
The younger Buenrostro is one of the group’s younger members, and she said she joined because she wanted to help people.
All the instructors are bilingual, so Spanish-only students are welcome as well. The first class is April 15. No signup is required.
“Just show up,” Medina said. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and will occur once a week, April 15, 22 and 29, and May 6.
The instructors will be teaching but they also hope to learn, they said. Esme Buenrostro said she hoped that being an instructor, even if it’s once a week for four weeks, will help her improve her social and communication skills.
The curriculum provided by 4-H is fairly basic, so the students-turned-instructors will keep things simple.
“We are happy to help them, even if it’s a simple thing,” said Daisy Buenrostro of the grownups that come to class to learn. They need not bring their devices, as the class provides computers, Medina said.
The group is also looking ahead to the third year of classes, saying they want to start teaching children as well as adults.

By Sebastian Moraga,