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Create Roadmaps to Get Started

Let’s set young people up for success by building resources that help them understand what skills they have to share with older adults and get started as mentors.

People are often eager to lend their help – but don’t always know what kind of help they can offer, let alone know where to begin. This can be especially true for young people age 15-24 who may feel uncertain about how much know-how or expertise they have to share with older adults. The truth is we all have talents, perspective, experience or even time that can be of value to someone else – we often just need a little help getting started.

Whether it’s through onboarding roadmaps, assessments that uncover the skills we have to offer or outreach campaigns that raise awareness of the benefits of mentorship – let’s equip young people with the knowledge and resources they need to understand the potential of what they have to share with others and hit the ground running to engage in mentorship. Imagine the best practices, guidelines, activities, lesson plans, assessment tools and other onboarding resources that would catalyse people age 15-24 to get active with mentoring.

How might we make mentoring feel less scary and more fun for everyone?
How might we help young people uncover or understand the value of the skills and perspectives they can share with others?
What resources might we create for teachers or nonprofits to enable them to help young people understand the skills they can share with others?
How might we help people know where to begin and empower potential mentors to get started?

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People collect things, a lot of things. Young people like vintage stuff today, older people want to learn about what is up to date and trendy now a days. 
What if people can help each other in organizing stuff? 
Or do a make over? Or a home make ov

People collect things, a lot of things. Young people like vintage stuff today, older people want to learn about what is up to date and trendy now a days. What if people can help each other in organizing stuff? Or do a make over? Or a home make ov

Photo of Christa van Gessel
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The youth people can teach the older ones how technology is used nowadays, while    the old people can teach the young ones the behavior and the morals which they had learned when they were young.

The youth people can teach the older ones how technology is used nowadays, while the old people can teach the young ones the behavior and the morals which they had learned when they were young.

Photo of hassan alsamahi
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The concept is to create an app that first randomly pairs youth and seniors (who can be in any location in the world).  One is assigned the role of Chief Exploration Officer, and the other the role of an inhabitant of a newly discovered planet.   The

The concept is to create an app that first randomly pairs youth and seniors (who can be in any location in the world). One is assigned the role of Chief Exploration Officer, and the other the role of an inhabitant of a newly discovered planet. The

Photo of Pam Haidenger-Bains
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We are creating a program with a gradual introduction between youth and elders to establish greater trust and to identify commonalities in experiences and interests. Specifically the program will offer a pen pal program, a gift exchange, game nights

We are creating a program with a gradual introduction between youth and elders to establish greater trust and to identify commonalities in experiences and interests. Specifically the program will offer a pen pal program, a gift exchange, game nights

Photo of Natalie Bold
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Encourage youth participation in community reading project (Staten Island Outloud) Develop communication skills and relationships with multigenerational organization which has obtained major recognition nationally and locally. Use of computers to ke

Encourage youth participation in community reading project (Staten Island Outloud) Develop communication skills and relationships with multigenerational organization which has obtained major recognition nationally and locally. Use of computers to ke

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Build and run a national level competition, allowing students to participate from various regions in America, showcasing their project along with their mentees. Projects are built by a team of students and their mentees. Types of projects can be base

Build and run a national level competition, allowing students to participate from various regions in America, showcasing their project along with their mentees. Projects are built by a team of students and their mentees. Types of projects can be base

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