High school students are being encouraged to sign up to a new program that helps elderly residents navigate the online world. The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Library’s Young Mentors program starts with an information session on Wednesday, October 11, meeting at 2pm. The scheme aims to connect tech-savvy youngsters with older residents needing help with the internet as well as smart technology such as phones and tablets. The library’s eServices librarian Ana Brawls said the young mentors would receive full training, prepare teaching plans and even design homework projects for their senior students. “The Young Mentors program has demonstrated that bringing young people who have grown up surrounded by technology together with those who haven’t is a really organic and community-oriented way of sharing skills and experiences,” she said. Anyone older than 50 could sign up for tutelage and were encouraged to clarify their technological challenges in time for the program to start. “If you find your laptop, smartphone or tablet overwhelming and would like to be able to use your devices to send emails, video chat with family or friends, get directions with Google maps, use apps or online library services, I encourage you to come and find out more,” Ms Brawls said. The program runs for four weeks on Wednesday mornings.