Our introductory program is carefully designed to level the digital skills of migrants and develop competitive proficiency with digital tools, platforms and services. Participants learn to use digital tools for mundane tasks, practical activities and relevant goals, from finding directions on digital maps and saving their documents on-line to applying for jobs and using e-mail effectively. Key among the skills covered is learning to create and curate a personal digital profile and presence, actively participating and interacting directly with the rest of the digital world in a safe, well behaved and well informed manner. Completing the program allows proper integration with our global information society with reduced risks, awareness of its opportunities and the skills to profit from them.
The program allows all participants to become active citizens of the Digital Society beyond being passive users and socially connected individuals with the ability to create and publish content and the skills to use tools that can help them both in their personal and professional growth and immigration processes.
They are introduced to critical thinking, fact validation and sources verification to prepare them to identify and deal with inaccurate information, fake news, hoaxes, digital scams and other threats from the online world.
Participants learn the use of freely available digital tools and develop skills through practical exercises for their immediate advance and support of their regularization process and their incorporation within the local society, such as sending letters, creating a professional resumée suited to highlight their skillset, apply for jobs and scholarships, etc.
They are also introduced to a variety of social media platforms, so that they can choose the mediums that match their character and needs and learn how to make practical beneficial use of them.
While the Digital Society has virtually no geopolitical borders and relatively few economic barriers, a Digital Divide exists among those proficient with digital tools and understanding of the digital world. Our program provides participants with the skills to actively participate in the Digital Society preventing them from joining the masses of passive consumers on the wrong end of the Digital Divide.
We bring immigrants above and beyond the average level of most people's skills and usage of digital tools, so that they can be active citizen of our digital society.
On the other hand, we have found an immense diversity among the existing skills of the immigrants participating in our program.
In the spirit of not segregating them by their existing skills and to avoid leaving behind or excluding those with limited previous exposure to technology, we have designed this introductory 3-month program aimed at leveling the technical abilities, awareness and proficiency of participants with digital tools.
We introduce immigrants to a variety of social media platforms, as each represents a different channel of communication and digital interaction with the world. Some will find Instagram’s ease of posting pictures more appealing, other will prefer the fast pace of Twitter’s short messages, while others will be drawn to Facebook’s more personal and intimate connections and its potential for joining groups and interacting with communities.
At the end of this course, participants are ready to be active members of multiple social media platforms, creating content that reflects their reality and effectively sharing it. This has the added benefit of the potential to lead to several several professional paths (social activism, online marketing and sales, community management, etc).
Participants are introduced to the world of digital commerce, transactions and global marketplaces. They are assisted in offering a product or service online and applying for a job. In addition, they learn the basics of digital crowdfunding and online fundraising. Finally, they learn how to make money using their knowledge and tech skills offline.
Participants learn the fundamentals and practical skills to create basic websites using existing services and complex websites using content management.