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Spring and Fall Teen Internship Program

You can make a difference in the lives of seniors as a Fall or Spring Teen Intern.

Each school year DOROT welcomes approximately 100 high school students in ninth through twelfth grades to receive high-quality training and supervision while volunteering in small groups. This is a unique opportunity for ongoing community service that meaningfully connects teens with older adults one afternoon per week through friendly phone calls, intergenerational teen-led discussion groups and creative arts programming.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of all of our participants, the DOROT Fall Teen Internship Program 2020 will operate as a virtual program. Join us by zoom or telephone from the safety of your own home to make a real difference in the lives of older New Yorkers!

There is NO CHARGE for participation in DOROT’s Teen Internship Programs.

Age: High school students. (Entering 9th grade – entering 12th grade)

Time Commitment: Interns volunteer one afternoon per week, Monday through Thursday. Each activity has a unique start date and time commitment – please read activity descriptions below. All activities end the week of December 14th.

Requirements: Application and group interview. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through October 6th. Don’t wait to apply as spots fill quickly and your program selections may fill before the application deadline.

Alumni of any DOROT Teen Internship Programs complete application and attend information session only. No interview necessary.


Spring and Fall Teen Internship Program Options:

Friendly Visits

Visit with a DOROT elder once each week via zoom or telephone with a Teen Intern partner, and make a difference in their lives and yours. Bridge the generational gap through conversations, exploration of common interests and companionship. Interns can also play chess during friendly visits with older adults.

Choose one afternoon per week: Mondays-Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Monday visit start date: October 19

Tuesday visit start date: October 13

Wednesday visit start date: October 14

Thursday visit start date: October 15

Intergenerational Discussion Group

A group of 10 teen interns plan, lead and participate in a weekly, intergenerational discussion group via zoom with older adults on topical issues. Bridge the gap between the generations through open conversation that engages all involved.

Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm

Discussion group start date: Thursday October 8, teen orientation. First session with older adults is Thursday October 15.

Intergenerational Art with Nancy Katz

Join a group of 10 teen interns and 10 older adults for an exploration through art of our current times. Get to know one another while working with mixed media – paper, wood and color. All art supplies will be provided by mail. No previous experience required.

Wednesdays, 4:45pm – 6pm

Art program start date: Wednesday October 14, teen orientation. First session with older adults is Wednesday October 21.

Intergenerational After School Chess

Young people entering 6th – 12th grade join older adults once a week to play and learn chess with one another while also getting to know each other. During the COVID-19 epidemic Intergenerational Chess will take place on a virtual platform. DOROT partners with Chess NYC to offer direct teaching by a chess master. Applications and interviews required for all student participants.

Mondays, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Chess start date: Monday October 5, student orientation. First session with older adults is Monday October 19.

Intergenerational Chess at DOROT is sponsored by the Targoff family and friends.

Questions? Contact Quinn Lockwood at

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