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Volunteer Profile: Tahreem and Kristine

Are you an older adult who'd like some help learning how to use your laptop or set up an email account? Tahreem and Kristine want to help.
They’re seniors at Inderkum High School who founded the “Teens Teach Seniors” program at the South Natomas Library, volunteering to instruct senior citizens on using computers. They’re hoping to get more adults to come to their program every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Can each of you tell us a little about yourselves?

Tahreem Shakeel: My family moved here last year from Pakistan. My dad’s whole family has been living here for years. We just wanted to reunite. I’m interested in studying pre-med at college. I want to be a neurosurgeon. I’ve taken college classes of biology, chemistry and physics. I’ve tutored since last year, AP biology and some chemistry, Algebra 1 and 2. I’m also taking a medical assistant class at Valley High School through the Regional Occupational Program.

Kristine Pagdayunan: I want to go to UC Davis or Sac State. I’m planning on being a computer programmer. I go to a I’m trying to learn how to code JavaScript. I was born here, but my parents are originally from the Philippines.

Do you still have family there? Are they alright?

KP: My family in the Philippines are fine. My relatives of my dad's side live in Quezon City and my mom's side live in Meycauayan, Bulacan. I was told that there was just a mild storm and lots of rain in those two areas. The devastation in Tacloban is so heartbreaking. It's not easy to watch the news about Filipinos starving and having no place to stay. I'm glad other countries are giving donations and aid to the Philippines.

How did you start volunteering for Teens Teach Seniors?

KP: We were searching for a place to volunteer. We found South Natomas and Miss Marian (Simmons). She’s a librarian there. She said she needed some teens who were able to teach seniors and adults how to use computers.

TS: We’re teaching seniors how to use email. That’s the very basic thing that people need to learn about for communication. We have personal experience relating this project. It’s very important for every family to be in touch. Many people have these technologies available to them, but don’t know how to use them. I Skype with my family. My sister is in Pakistan doing her second year of medical school.

KP: We’d just love to get the word out. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at South Natomas until February or March.

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