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Schools & Youth Organizations

Students learn and grow through intergenerational discussions and friendship. We work each year with over 100 local schools and youth organizations to engage elementary, middle and high school students. They benefit from meaningful volunteer opportunities, intergenerational workshops and service-learning programs. DOROT staff collaborate with teachers to craft and coordinate programs that best fits their needs.

We offer a wide variety of one-time volunteer events and ongoing intergenerational programs. Our most popular programs include:

DOROT’s Sunday Package Delivery and Visiting Programs: We welcome a limited number of youth organizations to each of our special Holiday Package Deliveries. Groups bring 20-30 middle school and/or high school participants for these Sunday events. Groups attend an orientation and receive packages to deliver as part of a visit (in pairs and trios) with older adults. It’s wonderful for all involved!

One-Time Visiting Programs: Groups of 20-30 middle school or high school students can visit DOROT elders during the school day or in an after school program. Groups receive a DOROT orientation and training session on how to visit older adults in their homes. Groups of approximately four students then travel to the homes of DOROT seniors for an hour-long visit. Middle school students need to be accompanied by an adult or by older students.

DOROT’s Book Buds Program: This intergenerational book discussion program is designed for fourth through eighth grade students, and it takes place in schools. The program fosters intergenerational relationships and learning through book discussions. Book Buds is typically offered as a three to six session experience, but it can also be operated as a one-time program. DOROT collaborates with teachers to plan and facilitate this program.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Engagement: We partner with schools, synagogues and youth organizations to implement intergenerational Jewish service-learning programs for students in sixth through eighth grades. DOROT staff can help you craft and coordinate a program that best fits your needs so that you can provide an extraordinary experience for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah students. Options are also available for family volunteering, individual projects and small groups.

DOROT Cardmaking Programs: Youth groups are encouraged to host their own cardmaking event and use their artistic skills to benefit older adults in our community. DOROT sends beautiful birthday cards, designed and created by volunteers, to each of the nearly 4,000 older adults served by DOROT each year. We also share cards on Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving and other holidays.

Ages: Elementary, middle and high school students

Requirements: Varies by project

Next Steps: E-mail us