Senior to Senior Volunteers
As a Senior to Senior volunteer, not only will you have fun expanding your horizons, and sharing your talents, you’ll play an integral and meaningful role in the life of a youth or elder in our community. The Senior to Senior Program pairs high school students with senior citizens in the Pasadena area to communicate weekly – via phone calls, Zoom calls, and/or emails and texts. Monthly “All Partner” meetings are conducted via Zoom and focus on relationship building and simply having fun. The goal of our Senior to Senior Program is to bridge the gap between our community’s youth and elders through mutually beneficial engagement. This engagement will not only support the learning of essential life skills for our student volunteers but create meaningful connections for all participants.
1OTH GRADE AND UP
MINIMUM 1 SEMESTER COMMITMENT
Besides it being a FUN, inspiring, and free way to complete community service, our volunteers enjoy serving in our program because of our inviting, diverse, and inclusive community where they build relationships with new kinds of people, learn more about themselves, and make a real impact on the life of others. Volunteering in our program teaches them to collaborate, builds their communication skills, expands their capacity for empathy, teaches them about responsibility, and what it really means to be an active, engaged member of their community.
Enrollment for Spring 2021 is closed.
Next session begins in June 2021
What are the basic requirements?
• You are an incoming Pasadena Unified School System sophomore, junior, or senior or a 64+ years old community member
• Willingness to serve a minimum of 3 months – we are building relationships!
• Complete an on-line application including a thoughtful 100-word statement of interest*
• Read this Senior to Senior Student Volunteer Handbook – 2020*
• Parental approval of waivers, medical, and photo release*
• Online approval of Volunteer Pledge and Parent Acknowledgement*
THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. NO IN PERSON MEETING IS ALLOWED.
We do eventually hope, once we are past the COVID-19 pandemic, to hold in-person GROUP social activities.
*These documents are a part of the online volunteer application.
PATIENCE, ENTHUSIASM, AND COMMITMENT
Does applying guarantee participation?
No, applying does not guarantee participation. Participation is limited and based on the number of available senior partners.
When can I apply to be a Senior to Senior volunteer?
Enrollment is also based on PUSD school schedules – with enrollment windows opening at the beginning of each school semester and once for summer. Once enrollment is open, apply early to get a spot!
Can I earn community service hours by participating in this program?
Yes, all time spent can be documented to receive community service credit for high school graduation.
How will I be assigned a partner?
You will be assigned a partner based on your mutual interests – be they musical theatre or math, reading or science. In your online application, you will include your areas of interest. PEF Staff will work with our senior community organizations to match program participants we feel will be best able to support and interact with each other. Each senior partner is fully vetted and background checked.
Is participation limited to one semester?
No, participation is not limited to one semester, that is the minimum requirement. We hope to help create lasting, strong relationships for all participants. If partners want to continue with the program after one semester, we encourage it. However, volunteers must be committed to completing their volunteer duties as long as they are a part of the program.
What kinds of things will I be doing as Senior to Senior volunteer?
You will be doing a variety of activities, including phoning your partner, writing emails and/or texts, and participating in virtual events. As soon as we can, we will host in-person events, such as ice cream socials and tech help days as well. Most of all, you are serving as an important role model as a conduit for inter-generational community engagement. We strive to set up opportunities for all participants – young and old – to learn from each other and expand mutual understanding.
How many community service hours will I earn?
Well, that’s up to you. Depending on how engaged you are with your partner, you can earn a lot! But, at a bare minimum, you’ll earn 1 hour a week.
Weekly Activities & Responsibilities
• Check in phone call to senior partner
• Act as a collaborator in online discussion meetings and/or events
• Offer one-on-one and group support as needed
• Demonstrate skills or concepts
• Engage in positive, personal interaction
• Share unique subject knowledge and talents in support of mutual learning
• Offer positive emotional support
Semester Activities & Responsibilities
• Attend service-learning meeting
• Engage in reflection on volunteer service
• Record your hours in our online volunteer software
What will I learn as a student Senior to Senior volunteer?
Relationship Building: Professionalism and Mentoring
As students mature and experience a professional world, they must learn to construct meaningful, productive, and appropriate relationships with diverse individuals outside of their known networks. We will examine differences between professional or mentoring relationships and those we have with our parents, siblings, and friends. We will also explore active listening strategies and ways to communicate with others that demonstrates respect for others’ unique and diverse qualities and backgrounds.
Skill Building and the Value of Service: College and Career
Through their service, volunteers will acquire pre-professional skills in time management, working with individuals, groups, organization, and taking and giving direction just to name a few. Volunteering also contributes to each person’s personal growth in unique and surprising ways. We will provide volunteers with the framework to understand the value of their volunteer experience as it relates to both college and career readiness and will equip them with tools to capture skill-building and personal growth during their service for college essays and resumes.
Please email Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager at email@example.com