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Schools giving course credit to young people to help older people.

Doing good deeds always feels good. A great way to engage them is directly in schools. Teachers and the community business sponsored campaign, where each one teach one. The youth can get credits or referrals, on linkedIn or google, the more people a young person helps, they can win a prize that is of value to them. Can be a bursary for collage, tuition or an wonderful opportunity to meet someone of their dreams. Each young person who participates in the program is awarded with a certificate of participation.

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Youth getting credit for helping to mentor older people.
Young people always speak about how they feel under valued, when the schools give out certificates and awards, the winner always feels good.  However, make it in a way that everyone who participates in a winner on some level, feel appricated.

Recognition is something important for young people to access at a young age. Also helping others is rewarding to knowing that contributing is a moral duty and cause.  Getting schools involved is perfect for new ideas for pedagogical research in educational studies.    How we are evolving in communications?  

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Hi Natalie, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Update Entry button on the right of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. We know occasionally people have issues uploading images so let us know by hitting the Feedback button at the bottom of most pages of our site if you face any problems. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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Uploaded 2 images, it was pretty simple :-) I will keep that in mind for next time. Thank-you!

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Nice thinking, Natalie. You might also want to join in conversation on this idea: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-mentor/ideas/mentoring-as-a-high-school-and-or-jr-college-elective-option A good start towards evolving your great thought-starter could be talking to some teachers in your local community to seek their feedback on what might be involved in turning this into a reality. Exciting possibilities!