Most parents from very low-income families start Sunday Friends with no familiarity with computers. Computer literacy has always been low on their priority list – and, in many cases, scary. As a result, the children do not interact with computers at home and the families are passing up the many advantages of computer use.
However, through Sunday Friends, parents have come to appreciate the value of gaining computer literacy:
But, putting your fingers on a computer keyboard for the first time can be daunting. For the parents of Sunday Friends, the motivation and the support to get started come from our teachers and volunteers – and even more so from their own children.
For the children of Sunday Friends, the willingness to sit down and focus on learning computer skills is greatly enhanced by our unique setting. That setting is… Parents and Children Learning Together.
Unlike the various computer classes that are offered in the community for adults only or for children only, at Sunday Friends you will see a whole family huddled together around each laptop computer. On their first day, you might notice them poking at the keyboard and giggling. Then, week by week, you'll observe them progressing, with the help of volunteer teachers, to develop more sophisticated skills, including:
Computer Education has become important to our families. Parents who previously shunned computers are now engaging with their children in ways that are uplifting the futures for all family members. And youths and their parents are writing computer programs!
Families tell us:
"I have learned how to communicate with family and friends over the internet."
"I had never used computer before but now I know how to type, make calendars, get directions and maps."
"We have learned how to use a computer as a family."
"I'm no longer afraid of computers."
Our Program Evaluation demonstrates how successful Sunday Friends is with Developing Computer Literacy.