ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque startup Teeniors, which employs tech-savvy teens to help seniors navigate smartphones and other devices, won a $5,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico to help pay for pro-bono trainings for seniors.
The company, which launched in 2015, already offers many free group-training sessions on its own dime. In May, it started a nonprofit arm that allows it to receive money from organizations and individuals to offer services to seniors who couldn’t otherwise afford it, said Teeniors founder and CEO Trish Lopez.
The new grant will finance up to nine group training sessions for senior communities in Albuquerque, beginning with the Encino Terrace independent living center near Downtown, Lopez said. Another 57 individuals who sought Teeniors’ help in the past but couldn’t afford it may also receive free help.
“We’ve kept records on all those potential clients, and now we’re going back through our logs to reach out to them,” she said. “We hope to get them all in.”