A Distinct Identity
MY Tech Clinic was an idea developed sitting in a coffee shop in Easton, Maryland. The goal was to find a way to bridge the technology gap in the Eastern Shore of Maryland by providing technical assistance. The idea is to provide a “clinic” style set-up where individuals are free to ask us questions related to their devices and technology services. We were able to achieve this set-up at the Talbot County Free Library. MY is a combination of our first name initials, which also adds a personal touch to the service we provide. We believe in empowering others to gain technical knowledge to further engage in a continually growing digital world. Through holding face-to-face and virtual technology clinics, MY Tech Clinic has helped many folks with their technical questions and concerns. It is our way of wanting to give back to the community, but in the process, it has also helped us grow more as individuals. MY Tech Clinic is a labor of love, where we hope to continually decrease the digital divide, one session at a time.
EXPERIENCE MY TECH CLINIC
Seeking to Bridge the Digital Divide
At MY Tech Clinic, wellbeing is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change..
As we open the first chapter of 2024, we are now reflecting on the year of 2023 that just closed, what is MY Tech Clinic truly about? In its core, we have goals to bridge the digital divide, within our own Talbot County, but also all the communities that we have ties to in this world.
The digital divide stems from a lack of access. There is a huge lack of access to technology, but after one acquires that access, there is lack of knowledge in the use of the technology. These are two incredibly large gaps that are systemically quite difficult to bridge. But we must start somewhere.
In 2023, we had two major goals in mind – to recruit more volunteers and to officially register as a non-profit organization. With more people utilizing the services of MY Tech Clinic, we have had to create a new entity and system that will allow us to grow. In collaboration with Easton High School – we found more ways to bridge the digital divide. Our volunteers have truly been a blessing and the stepping stone into officially formulating Apollo’s Dream Foundation Inc., this year. Becoming a 501(c)(3) organization has been one of the greatest highlights of our journey so far.
Observing our high school volunteers’ interaction with our patrons is a great inspiration to our true purpose. Thus far, our services are mostly utilized by generations that did not grow up with technology. And there is no better way to bridge the gap than to have volunteers who have had it their whole lives. Our patrons would provide context and even life stories behind their technology questions. And the way they use technology and their need for technology is quite interesting and different. Our volunteers then share their technology knowhow, tips and tricks. If there is any downtime, you see these different generations begin to share stories with each other.
Through this exchange, our volunteers gain new knowledge about technology needs and learn more about life experiences, while our patrons learn more about technology, and get a glimpse into a high school student’s life these days.
So, what are we truly about then? It’s about enhancing human connection through and because of technology. In an increasingly digital world, our greatest resource is still human connection. In a world where Artificial Intelligence can seem to make anything look and sound more perfect, we cherish the authenticity when we are touched by another human being’s life and wisdom. Human connections spark more ideas, goals and dreams. There are goals we are still yet to tap into, and there are still dreams that individuals have not even discovered that they have yet.
We cannot wait to see what is in store for 2024.
FREE TECH CONSULTATION
Monthly at the Talbot County Free Library
We hold monthly tech clinic at the Talbot County Free Library. It's a walk-in style where anybody can come with a tech question. We do our best to help you and we can assure you that so far everybody walks away with a smiley face.
PRIVATE SESSIONS ONE-ON-ONE
For a small donation
Schedule an appointment with us to work one-on-one to dive more into your tech needs.
Outreach to Local High School Students
Through working with local high school students, we help students discover their interests, develop technology and leadership skills.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"