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e-Buddies in Action!

Each month, we are happy to take the time to highlight a school or agency that is involved in e-Buddies. Our hope is that this will be an opportunity to share some of the challenges and triumphs encountered through group participation in e-Buddies!

This month, we spoke with Tina from SOC Enterprises in Virginia.

How long has your group been involved in e-Buddies?
Our group has been involved in the e-Buddies program for about 4 years.

How many members are currently matched with e-Buddies?
Currently, we have 27 matched e-Buddies, and 5 matches pending.

What are some key challenges you have faced and overcome?
One of my key challenges has been providing one-on-one training with clients to familiarize them with computer operations, and the e-mailing system. One way I have overcome this obstacle is to encourage, and pair my clients together, and allow them to learn from each other. In this way, clients with more computer knowledge and experience can enhance their own self confidence while at the same time helping their peers.

How do you make e-Buddies work with your group?
I make e-Buddies work with my group by remaining flexible.

What have your group members gained by participating in e-Buddies?
I believe my group members have become more comfortable with technology in general. The more time they spend on the computer the less intimidating it seems. They have gained keyboarding, and internet skills. Additionally, participating in the e-Buddies program has truly bolstered each individuals self esteem, and self worth.

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Do you work with a group of e-Buddies participants? We'd love to feature your group here! Please contact us at ebuddiescomments@bestbuddies.org.


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