Digital Literacy

Stepping Up is a computer and life skills training program established by Stepping Stones in 2016, inspired by Orphan Impact’s digital literacy program in Vietnam. Stepping Up helps disadvantaged Chinese children and youth to be better prepared for their futures after leaving school. We do this by teaching digital literacy skills common to the modern workplace.

Our learning environment emphasizes interaction between student and teacher, and uses understanding by design framework, tying back to annual curriculum goals. While teaching important skills and concepts of digital literacy, the classes are also designed to unleash creativity, encourage communication, develop critical thinking, and increase each student’s confidence and self-esteem, and help them look toward to their future with excitement.

Get Involved

Teaching digital literacy skills
  • Description: Volunteers are needed to teach computer lessons or to assist our full-time computer teachers to deliver innovative computer- and life-skills training online or offline in Shanghai or other provinces.
  • Time commitment: A minimum of one school term (3-4 months) or 4-6 weeks during the summer. Weekday and weekend classes all available. Volunteers are expected to commit to 2-4 hours per week (including commute and/or lesson preparation time).
  • Requirements: Native Chinese-speaker with English fluency a plus. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Strong interest in teaching computer- and life-skills to disadvantaged communities.
  • Location: Online or community centers located in Shanghai.
  • Training & support provided by Stepping Stones
  • Corporate & students partners: Every year, we welcome many corporate and student groups to contribute to our Digital Literacy program. For example, volunteers from Google, L’Oréal and PwC joined us to teach lessons to children.

If you have any further questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact Teddy Shi (

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