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    What is SeniorNet's mission? What is SeniorNet's mission? Document Transcript

    • Frequently Asked Questions What is SeniorNet’s mission? SeniorNet provides adults aged 50+ access to compelling content, community, commerce and technology training to enhance their lives by providing them access to a world of information and people, and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom with the world at large. To accomplish this, we utilize the combined strengths of an established, award winning Web site, and a nationwide network of Learning Center facilities. The Web site empowers older, active adults with information uniquely suited to their needs, including information on investing, travel and health. Where is your headquarters? San Francisco How many adults have graduated from SeniorNet Learning Centers? More than 120,000 adults aged 50+ have graduated from Learning Center programs. What is a SeniorNet Learning Center? SeniorNet has more than 220 Learning Center in the U.S. and satellite sites in Japan, Sweden and New Zealand. Members pay a yearly fee of $30 and then are able to take computer classes at a substantial discount, averaging $20-90 for an 8-week course. Courses vary from basic Introduction to Computers courses to advanced desktop publishing and financial management courses. SeniorNet computer classes are designed specifically for older adults. Classes are taught by a wonderful group of volunteers who are generally 50 and over. Who belongs to SeniorNet? SeniorNet members are men and women age 50 or older who share a desire to join a community to continue learning and to collaborate with others, supported by their use of computers and communications technologies. Membership in the nonprofit SeniorNet organization supports the mission of SeniorNet to provide adults aged 50+ access to and education about computer technology and the Internet. SeniorNet membership has grown from 22 in 1988 to more than 40,000 today. Its members live in every state in the U.S. and in several other countries. They range in age from 50 to over 100. How does SeniorNet provide services to the 50+ market? SeniorNet is the only destination for adults aged 50+ that has an established online and a brick-and- mortar community. Through its award-winning Web site, SeniorNet offers information on topics ranging from online tools to maintain wellness through the SeniorNet edition of the Healthy Aging site at drkoop.com to investment information from Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. In addition, SeniorNet.org provides access to online discussion groups that tackle a wide range of topics, including books, culinary arts, photography and travel. Online resources include book clubs that 121 Second Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 (P) 415-495-4990 (F) 415-495-3999 URL: www.seniornet.org
    • meet both online and in restaurants, job postings specifically for seniors and information about local gatherings of SeniorNet members including Valentines Day’ celebrations, Senior Bashes, luncheons and other special events. 121 Second Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 (P) 415-495-4990 (F) 415-495-3999 URL: www.seniornet.org
    • The site offers SeniorNet members exclusive access to special offers and discounts on a range of services and products tailored to meet the needs of older adults in “middle youth,” from desktop computers to online designed exclusively for seniors. SeniorNet also screens and maintains a rich base of partners and qualified vendors that adhere to SeniorNet’s strict standards of excellence. These include IBM, Microsoft, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., Barnes & Noble, eBay and Southwestern Bell. The educational programs and resources that SeniorNet offers also include: • More than 220 Learning Centers throughout the United States, where older adults learn to use computer technologies from their peers • The online MetLife Solutions Forum in which seniors bring their life experiences and reflections to discuss and gain new insights about important issues that affect society • Collaborations that provide opportunities for participants to engage in interesting discussions, form interest groups such as book clubs, support one another with computer questions and answers, learn from one another, share their knowledge and perspectives with others, and contribute to an ongoing base of information and knowledge • Articles that inform and stimulate discussion • Links to Web sites and other resources, including a link to ElderWeb.com, an internationally renowned and award-winning site on eldercare and long-term care. • Educational events of particular interest to the SeniorNet Community • Bookstore: SeniorNet's searchable book resource in affiliation with barnesandnoble.com What is the company’s history? SeniorNet grew out of a research project funded by the Markle Foundation and begun in 1986 to determine whether computers and telecommunications could enhance the lives of older adults. SeniorNet has since evolved into the premier destination for enriching the lives of adults aged 50+ through an active online community that features compelling content and discussion groups on topics ranging from investing to health, and into a nationwide network of more than 220 Learning Centers. SeniorNet’s Learning Centers utilize more than 4,500 older adult volunteers to train their peers to use computers and get online. How does SeniorNet differ from its competitors? Led by a senior management team with industry experience and a dedicated base of more than 4,500 volunteers, SeniorNet is the only destination located both on the Web and in neighborhoods that addresses the specific interests and needs of adults aged 50+. It enriches the lives of more than 40,000 older adults through relevant content, community formation, e-commerce and technology instruction. Who are your technology and business partners? SeniorNet has the privilege to partner with the country’s top businesses and their leaders. SeniorNet has corporate sponsorships and strategic partnerships with IBM, eBay, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., SBC/RBOCS, Barnes & Noble, and Microsoft. What is SeniorNet’s relationship with eBay? In June 2000, eBay selected SeniorNet as its major partner to help address the needs of the growing senior citizen population. Through the eBay Digital Opportunity Program for seniors, SeniorNet will be the cornerstone in eBay’s program to provide digital opportunities for seniors. eBay will incorporate
    • classroom education and training into the curriculum offering at SeniorNet locations nationwide, where both basic and advanced eBay classes will be offered. How is the non-profit funded? SeniorNet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that is funded by membership dues, Learning Center fees, the altruistic donations of individuals and the generous sponsorship of many companies and foundations.