Senior to Senior Volunteers
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 supports the learning of essential life skills for our student volunteers and creates meaningful connections for all participants.
1OTH GRADE AND UP
Besides it being a FUN and inspiring way to complete community service, our high school volunteers learn a lot by participating in our program. It teaches them to take initiative, collaborate, build communication skills, and expand their capacity for empathy all while informing them about what it really means to be an active, engaged member of their community.
Our senior citizen volunteers enjoy serving in our program because of our inviting, diverse, and inclusive community where they build relationships with our youth and share the knowledge they have gained from their own life experiences in helpful and meaningful ways.
All of our Senior to Senior volunteers get to see life from a new perspective, learn more about themselves, and make a real impact on the life of another.
Applications for 2021-2022
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 take initiative and build relationships!
• Complete an on-line application including a thoughtful 100-word statement of interest*
• Read this Senior to Senior Volunteer Handbook*
• Approval of waivers, medical, and photo release*
• Online approval of Volunteer Pledge and Parent Acknowledgement*
THIS IS PRIMARILY A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. There will be one in-person event at the end of the school year.
*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 partners.
When can I apply to be a Senior to Senior volunteer?
Enrollment is also based on PUSD school schedules – with an enrollment window opening at the beginning of each school year.
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 members of our Senior to Senior Steering Committee 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 school year?
No, participation is not limited to one school year, that is the minimum requirement. We hope to help create lasting, strong relationships for all participants. If partners are able and wish to continue with the program after their initial year, we strongly encourage it. However, volunteers must be committed to be active participants as long as they are a part of the program. If participants do not uphold their commitment to their partner and/or to the program, they can be asked to leave.
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 monthly virtual meetings. 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
• Weekly phone calls with your 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 and training meetings – Usually 1 – 2 a year.
• Engage in reflection on volunteer service
• Record your hours in our online volunteer software
Please email Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org