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Winter/Spring Teen Internship Program

Make a difference in the lives of seniors as a DOROT Teen Intern!

Each school year DOROT welcomes approximately 100 high school students in ninth through twelfth grades to receive high-quality training and leadership development 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 workshops and creative arts programming.

Our current opportunities are virtual. Join us by Zoom from your own home.

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

Age: High school students. 

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. 

Winter Semester – Begins the week of January 31 and ends the week of March 21.

Spring Semester – Begins the week of March 28 and ends the week of May 9.

Requirements: Application and group interview on Zoom. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through 1/24/2022. If available spots fill before the deadline, applications will close.

APPLY HERE FOR THE WINTER/SPRING TEEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM!

 

Winter/Spring Internship Program Options:

 

Virtual Conversations

Visit with a DOROT adult once each week after school via Zoom or telephone. You will be matched with a Teen Intern partner and an older adult for an experience that will make a difference in their lives and yours. Bridge the generational gap through conversations, exploration of common interests, and mutual curiosity.

Days: Monday-Thursday (you choose)

Time: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM EST

Your Zoom call with the older adult and Teen Intern partner will be scheduled from 4:30-5:30PM EST and will last for 30-60 minutes. You will attend an orientation before your first conversation.

 

Creative Writing, Midrash, and Fanfic

Have you ever wondered what really happened in the Garden of Eden or how Moses spent his childhood? For centuries people with the same questions have written Midrash, basically bible fanfiction, and now you can too! This workshop will explore classic midrash and provide the tools for you to write your own. No previous knowledge of is necessary to participate.

Winter Semester: Mondays, January 31st – March 21st (no workshop on 02/21)

Spring Semester: Mondays March 28th – May 9th (no workshop on 04/18)

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST

 

Together at Home with Yiddish - Tsuzamen in der heym

Participants exchange stories about Yiddish language and culture. Through singing songs, looking at Yiddish language and art, and sharing photos, anecdotes and recipes, meaningful relationships develop between the workshop participants in this rich, experiential program.

Winter Semester: Tuesdays, February 1st – March 22nd (no workshop on 02/22)

Spring Semester: Tuesdays March 29th – May 10th (no workshop on 04/19)

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST

 

Discussion Group

Teen interns and older adults come together each week for a series of meaningful intergenerational conversations. This group provides a structure for all participants to exchange ideas, opinions, and personal stories to learn from one another and create connections. Each week the group selects the topic. Teens then work together in pairs to plan the session, and lead each weekly discussion with support from DOROT staff.

Winter Semester: Tuesdays, February 1st – March 22nd (no workshop on 02/22)

Spring Semester: Tuesdays March 29th – May 10th (no workshop on 04/19)

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST

 

Creative Storytelling

Do you consider yourself to be imaginative? Is it easy for you to get caught up in the story of a good book or movie? In this new workshop series, we will use creative and collaborative storytelling to build a brand-new world together. Teens and older adults will create characters, locations, and conflicts, and every week, we’ll build on our story together. Think of this as a choose-your-own-adventure book, but the whole story is yet unwritten, waiting for you to share your ideas.

Winter Semester: Tuesdays, February 1st – March 22nd (no workshop on 02/22)

Spring Semester: Tuesdays March 29th – May 10th (no workshop on 04/19)

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST

 

Brain Games

Teens and older adults meet weekly via Zoom for a lively and fun session of intergenerational gameplay! We will have an assortment of board, puzzle, card, and brain games each week, ranging from Jeopardy to Scattergories to Scrabble and more. Participant suggestions for possible games are welcome.

Winter Semester: Wednesdays, February 2nd – March 23rd (no workshop on 02/23)

Spring Semester: Wednesdays March 30th – May 11th (no workshop on 04/20)

Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST

 

Creative Conversations about Breaking Down Bias

The way we relate to our world and the humans in it is constantly shifting. We’ve learned that our personal and communal identities are interconnected, and our experiences cannot be fully disconnected from our race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. In this workshop series, we will question our understanding of bias through collaborative activities, personal storytelling, and group discussion. In this space, we will work together to envision a just and equitable world.

Winter Semester: Wednesdays, February 2nd – March 23rd (no workshop on 02/23)

Spring Semester: Wednesdays March 30th – May 11th (no workshop on 04/20)

Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST

 

Music

Older adult and teen participants will form lasting bonds and discover inspiring insights through the music that shaped us as they discuss different life stages/experiences and examine their personal experiences and unique perspectives. Together, we will learn, uncover and share what makes us tick, what we value, and what keeps us going by engaging in storytelling and deep listening of the music that moves us, incorporating movement and music making to liven things up and get the juices flowing!

Winter Semester: Wednesdays, February 2nd – March 23rd (no workshop on 02/23)

Spring Semester: Wednesdays March 30th – May 11th (no workshop on 04/20)

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST

 

Art Workshop

This workshop brings together a group of teens and older adults each week to explore art as a powerful tool to build community and connection. We will create, explore, try new things and share our experiences using a variety of artistic mediums and techniques. By looking at different art forms and creating projects together on Zoom, we will have fun and get to know each other. No art experience is necessary. All materials provided.

Winter Semester: Thursday, February 3rd – March 24th (no workshop on 02/24)

Spring Semester: Thursdays March 31st – May 12th (no workshop on 04/21)

Time: 5:00 PM -6:30 PM EST

 

LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

This group aims to bring together LGBTQ+ community members to create intergenerational connections between teens and older adults. Join us to create an intergenerational community space to explore commonly shared and differing experiences. Participants will come prepared to exchange ideas, share personal stories, and to learn from one another's experiences of navigating the world as LGBTQ+ individuals. The focus of each session will be based on the interest of the group, and participants will be invited to prepare and lead a discussion with others in the group.

Winter Semester: Thursday, February 3rd – March 24th (no workshop on 02/24)

Spring Semester: Thursdays March 31st – May 12th (no workshop on 04/21)

Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST

 

Story Circles

A group of teens and older adults will get together once a week to engage in story circles. A Story Circle is a group of people sitting in a circle (a virtual circle over Zoom), telling personal stories, led by a Story Circle facilitator. Each Story Circle will have a different theme and every session will start and end with an informal gathering and mingling.

Winter Semester: Thursday, February 3rd – March 24th (no workshop on 02/24)

Spring Semester: Thursdays March 31st – May 12th (no workshop on 04/21)

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

APPLY HERE FOR THE WINTER/SPRING TEEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM!

 

We deeply appreciate the generous support of The Sephardic Foundation on Aging for DOROT’s School Year Teen Internship Program.

 

Intergenerational After School Chess – A Virtual Program

Make a difference in the lives of older New Yorkers. Strengthen your skills and make a friend across the chess board!

Once a week during the academic year (in both our Manhattan and Westchester locations), students in grades 6-12 and older adults play chess together. The program enables all participants to play chess, share stories and create meaningful intergenerational connections.

Ages: Youth in grades 6-12 and Adults 65+

Time Commitment: Monday afternoons from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM EST

Winter Semester: Mondays, January 31st – March 21st (no workshop on 02/21)

Spring Semester: Mondays March 28th – May 9th (no workshop on 04/18)

Requirements: Application and Zoom group interview

APPLY HERE FOR THE WINTER/SPRING INTERGENERATIONAL CHESS PROGRAM!

 

Questions? Contact us at teens@dorotusa.org.

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