DOROT’s intergenerational programs offer a glimpse into the world of today’s youth and the chance for older adults 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. These include:
Book Buds – Help bring books alive for young children! Be part of an intergenerational book discussion in local schools. Programs take place over 2-6 sessions during school hours. Books are selected by school staff. Students and volunteers explore them in thematic discussions and creative projects, with guidance from an experienced facilitator. This is an exciting opportunity to help nurture the love of reading and literature.
Intergenerational Chess - 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 at DOROT, October 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 – As an older adult volunteer, you can participate in weekly intergenerational discussion groups on current topical issues, led by DOROT’s High School Interns. This program promotes leadership opportunities for students and aims to bridge the gap between generations. Intergenerational Discussion Groups take place throughout the year at DOROT and through telephone conference calls as well. Groups meet once a week October-January, February-May, and for a four-week session over the summer. You’ll love the engaging conversations that take place!
Time Commitment: Varies based on the program.
Requirements: Valid US government-issued photo ID, orientation and training, a phone or in-person interview.
To Learn More: Sign up for an upcoming Volunteer Orientation and Information Session.