Teenagers get better tools for resumes and job searches
West Niagara teenagers have access to better computers, scanners and monitors, thanks to a one-time $9,000 grant from the Niagara Community Foundation. The new technology at three youth drop-in centres, is giving teenagers better tools for homework, tutoring, resume writing and job searches. The grant also included three new computers for FORT employees, allowing staff to be more productive and efficient.
With better computers, the drop-in centres in Grimsby, Smithville and Caistor Centre are seeing a boost in both attendance and youth engagement, and parents are glad to have their teenagers using the technology in a social setting, said the FORT.
In fact, the improvement was so dramatic, it even had one unintended consequence. The old computers were “embarrassingly outdated,” but the new ones are so good the teens are now arguing about who gets access. “We take this as an indicator of the project’s success.”