May 22 at 8:00am

SDG&E Grant Will Help Teach Teens Technology

Thanks to a grant from San Diego Gas and Electric some North County youth will be able to parlay their technological expertise into summer employment, helping clients of Interfaith Community Services.

SDG&E will provide $10,000 to the Teens Teaching Tech Program, an initiative of Interfaith Community Services and the Escondido Education COMPACT. The grant, from the utility’s Inspiring Future Leaders initiative, will cover wages for young people from the COMPACT and the Working Pirates program in Oceanside who will be hired to teach computer skills to ICS adult clients.

The program will give the technologically savvy teens and young adults the chance to gain work experience while sharing their knowledge with adults who lack computer proficiency.

We are going to hire our youth clients, pay them wages, give them a professional work environment and have them work with adults who need help with their computer skills

“We are going to hire our youth clients, pay them wages, give them a professional work environment and have them work with adults who need help with their computer skills,” said Olga Diaz, director of employment services for Interfaith Community Services. “Many adults are not comfortable with computers but they don’t want to go to a full class, they just want some tutoring.”

Eight to twelve teens will be selected to work as technology coaches in computer labs in Oceanside and Escondido this summer. They’ll benefit from mentorship from ICS staff members who will assist them with proper workplace etiquette. Meanwhile, the training they provide will enhance the employability of the adult clients they help.

“SDG&E is proud to partner with hundreds of organizations like Interfaith Community Services that are dedicated to developing the next generation of diverse and prepared leaders.  Interfaith’s Teens Teaching Tech (T3) program builds leadership skills in youth, who in turn teach our veterans and job seekers find employment.  This is a great and innovative program that we are honored to support.” said Pedro Villegas, Director of SDG&E Community Relations.

“SDG&E is proud to partner with hundreds of organizations like Interfaith Community Services that are dedicated to developing the next generation of diverse and prepared leaders.  Interfaith’s Teens Teaching Tech (T3) program builds leadership skills in youth, who in turn teach our veterans and job seekers find employment.  This is a great and innovative program that we are honored to support.” said Pedro Villegas, Director of SDG&E Community Relations.

Interfaith Community Services provides a waide range of programs to help hungry, homeless, and low-income people in North San Diego County. Programs include food and basic needs, shelters and housing, employment services, family and social services, children and youth programs, senior services, veterans programs, and addiction recovery. Each program is designed to “help people help themselves,” by empowering individuals to regain self-sufficiency.