This program fosters relationships and communication between high school students and older adults. Students gain a better understanding of our Nation’s history by learning from an older generation who have life experiences and wisdom to share. In turn, the senior volunteers gain a better perspective of the lives, attitudes, and intelligence of teenagers.
Volunteers meet with students in small groups (4-5) and discuss the topics/articles that the students are covering in their U.S. History studies. A volunteer orientation is held at the beginning of the school year and discussion points are given in advance before each session.
“What an opportunity to bridge the gap (between generations). The gap is quite big, but hopefully they felt as invigorated as I did. They were a delight and I can hardly wait for the next session.” – Swannie
“I enjoy the opportunities to interact with the students. Selfishly, learning is a two-way street. I know I continue to learn from them. I’m just hopeful they are learning something from me.” –Tom
Recommended for volunteers 55 and older
(Waukesha County only at this time)