DOROT’s intergenerational programs offer a glimpse into the world of today’s youth and the chance for older adults and volunteers 65+ to share stories, wisdom and friendship. DOROT offers them multiple opportunities to connect with elementary, middle and high-school students, in small and large group settings, both at DOROT and in schools - currently by phone or via Zoom.
Intergenerational Chess (Virtual) - From novices to experts, all are welcome at DOROT’s weekly chess program. You will be paired with a student in sixth through twelfth grades to learn how to play chess and strengthen your skills. A Chess Master is on site to provide help, guidance and game strategies to players. The program takes place on Mondays from 4:00-5:30 PM on Zoom, February through May. This is a unique opportunity to develop intergenerational friendships across the chess board. No experience necessary. Watch a video of our program:
Intergenerational Discussion Groups (Virtual) – As a volunteer, you can participate in weekly intergenerational discussion groups on current topical issues, led by DOROT’s High School Interns. The program provides a structure for teens and older adults to exchange ideas, opinions, and personal stories in order to learn from one another and create connections. The group selects each weekly topic, and the teens work together in pairs to craft the discussion plan and lead the intergenerational session, with support from DOROT staff.
Groups meet via phone and Zoom, Thursdays, 5:00 PM-6:15pm. You’ll love the engaging conversations that take place!
“Visit” a Middle School Classroom
What: Meet monthly with the same group of middle school students along with other older adults via Zoom to participate in a range of intergenerational programs and activities led by DOROT staff. Think of this as a monthly visit to a class of students in their school. Visits take place monthly, February through May.
Join us for these and more, such as Intergenerational Book Groups, Art Workshops, Brain Games, and occasional one-time workshops.
Time Commitment: Varies based on the program.
Requirements: Valid US government-issued photo ID, orientation and training, a phone or in-person interview. Other requirements may be required, depending on program.
To Learn More: Sign up for an upcoming Volunteer Orientation and Information Session.