New York Times Upfront, Nov 14, 2005
In 2003, Daniel Kent of Carmel, Ind., founded Senior Connects, a nonprofit organization that makes computers and computer classes available to thousands of senior citizens in Indiana. Now 17, this Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School junior spoke with Upfront about his volunteer work.
What attracted you to working with seniors?
Seniors have lived incredible lives. They’ve provided so much for our community … so I wanted to help them … to [broaden] their world by using computers and the Internet as a means of corresponding with their family members and neighbors.
How many volunteers do you have?
We have about 150. It originally started with some friends, but now it’s expanded and we’re working with local high schools and the National Urban League, AARP, and the National Honor Society.
What do seniors use their computers for?
They enjoy sending e-mails and looking up news and sports. Topics like Medicare and Medicaid are now found on the Internet, so it’s vital for us to help them learn how to access the proper information.
What future do you envision for Senior Connects?
I would love to see it expand worldwide and provide an equal opportunity to everyone to learn the computer and utilize it as a tool for greater learning.