‘Teeniors’ program teaches seniors smartphone technology

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Learning all the tricks on your smart phone can take some time, no matter your age. But a new startup company is helping senior citizens with their devices through tech-savvy teens.

“Teeniors” was founded by Trish Lopez.

“There is nothing else like this in New Mexico,” she said.

“It’s a fun job for teens. They love the work. The seniors love it and we’ve gotten nothing but five star reviews so far,” Lopez said.

On Thursday, the “Seniors with Smartphones!” event took place at the Bear Canyon Senior Center.

A number of teens, including Teeniors co-founder Taylor Chavez, helped senior citizens learn everything from basics to tricks on their smartphones.

“Just the ‘ah ha!’ moments are always the best,” Chavez said.

“Basically, I wanted a phone with a good camera on it so I wouldn’t have to carry a phone and a camera,” said Ronald Bentz, who received a smartphone tutorial from a teenager.

“I think it’s very helpful. It’s a great service,” he said.

Teeniors plans to charge $20 a session. The teens will make $10 an hour as the business concept takes off.

Lopez’s team was first place at the Startup Women’s Weekend event in New Mexico this year. She later pitched the idea to ABQid Business Accelerator, an entrepreneurial training ground funded by the City of Albuquerque and received a $20,000 investment.

A free Teeniors event will take place at Silver Horizons NM at 3540 Pan American Freeway NE on August 8 at 9 a.m.

There will be a Teeniors presentation at ABQid Demo Day for 2015 Cohort at Epicenter, 101-199 Central Avenue SE, on August 28 at 1 p.m.

You may RSVP for 916-1065.

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