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DoSomething.org Joins Forces With Mentor Up This Holiday Season To Bridge The Generation Gap









Grandparents Gone Wired, with support from YouTube star iJustine, will encourage teens to teach 50+ Americans how to stay connected, through technology, with their loved ones over the holidays



NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DoSomething.org has joined forces with Mentor Up, a new way to make a difference by AARP Foundation, to launch this year's Grandparents Gone Wired campaign, which will encourage teens across the country to get 50+ Americans set up on current technology and prepare them for independent technology use.

Studies show that Internet use reduces the risk of depression, yet 1 in 4 Americans 50-64 don't know how to use the internet. That's where teens come in: their digital skills and networking know-how can make a huge difference for people over 50 who are stressed, unemployed, and disconnected. DoSomething.org is proud to partner with Mentor Up by AARP Foundation to bridge the generation gap, by encouraging young people across the country to be digital coaches for 50+ loved ones in their family and community.

Starting today through January, Grandparents Gone Wired will provide the opportunity for teens across the country to teach something to people older than they are (which feels pretty awesome; take that intimidating Algebra teacher!). Teens will highlight their skills in a tangible way that will positively impact the quality of life of someone they care about, and through participation they will also be eligible to win a $4,000 scholarship.

DoSomething.org and Mentor Up launched a Public Service Announcement about Grandparents Gone Wired from iJustine, one of the most-subscribed female personalities on YouTube.

"My life is all about utilizing technology to reach people, which is why I'm teaming up with DoSomething.org to support Grandparents Gone Wired for the second year in a row. My goal is for seniors across the country to become as wired as my own grandma who FaceTimes 'every day, every day,'" said iJustine.

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