EarthLink, one of the nation's leading Internet service providers, AARP Florida and Orange County Community Action launched Generation Link in Orlando recently, bringing together seniors, net-savvy teenagers and the Internet. Students at Evans High School in Orlando will teach senior citizens aged 60 to 92 how to use the Internet during a six-week session. Orlando is the first city in Florida to implement EarthLink's national program.
This program inevitably forges a connection between teens and seniors that otherwise might not occur. Less than half of all adults ages 50 and older are online, according to a recent Harris Interactive study. Once a week for six weeks, 10 seniors age 60 to 92 years old from Orlando's Hal Marston Community Center will travel to Evans High School to sit side-by-side with students and learn how to use the Internet. At the end of the program, EarthLink will award a $1,000 scholarship to the student who writes the best essay about the experience.#