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Reverse Summer School [updated with additional content 07/29]

During summer holidays, young people use empty classrooms to give classes (about digital, tech and other topics) to older adults.

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During summer holidays, young people use empty classrooms to give classes (about digital, tech and other topics) to older adults.
The Reverse Summer School Concept (updated)

During summer holidays, young people are looking for a job to earn a little cash... while older people are looking for company and occupation... while classrooms are unoccupied... so what if young people use them to give classes to older adults ?

Reverse Summer School uses the extra classroom capacity that comes in summer breaks to give younger people the opportunity to earn money while building their curriculum with a useful job : teach older adults about what they perfectly know -> social networks, internet, tablets, internet of things, 3D printing...

Reverse Summer School gives older adults the opportunity to know more about what they were not born with, while giving younger people a interesting job.

Reverse Summer School is a win/win program, for both younger and older people.

The 3 pilars of the Reverse Summer School (updated)

1/ Young teachers
After identifying their skill, they can register for teaching a class, find the nearest school, get teaching tips and feedback from the community, give the class.

2/ Older students
They can choose a topic and register for a class, find the nearest school, get feedback from community, participate to the class.

3/ Schools
School participate to the program by giving the possibility to use the classrooms extra-capacity during summer breaks.

What types of topics does the program offer ? (updated)

R.S.S. classes are mainly about topics that older people are not born with, but which younger people are perfectly confortable with.

For example :
  • How to use a digital camera
  • How to listen to music on the Internet
  • What is Facebook and and how to use it
  • How to shop on the web
  • How to book a flight online
  • How to use a smartphone
  • etc.
Different topics could be suggested, but an important point of RSS is that the classes database is an open one : every younger people can propose a skill / topics / theme. RSS is a kind of market place : if the offer meet the demand, the class will be !

How long would a class last ? (updated)

Every younger would have the possibility to customize his class.
If it’s a first teaching experience, the younger could choose a short format for his class.For example : 30 minutes about digital photography.
If he feels more confortable about it, or had a first teaching experience, the younger could try a longer class, or a kind of workshop, 2 hours or more.

What is important here is to give the possibility to adapt the class to the teacher specificity, and to give him / her  the good tips to help choosing the good range of class.

We could imagine online tips, or workshops just for teachers, to “teach how to teach”. Getting user feedback would also be a good way to build experience.

How can younger people become a teacher ? (updated 07/26)

The RSS web app is the tool that will help younger people becoming teachers.
First of all, the RSS web app helps young people find their skill. One can choose in the “skill database”, or add a skill if needed.
Then the RSS web app enables young people to register for a class (once the skill is choosen). Here one can choose the range of classe : individual or collective / short session or workshop, etc. (see more details in the “How a class work” paragraph).
Then, one can choose the closest school (schools map), the day, the hour.
Once the registration is confirmed, the RSS web app will be the place where young teachers can get tips about teaching, chat with other teachers on a forum, have the possibilty to register for learning sessions workshops (to learn how to teach in real).
After the class, the RSS web app will enable payment (see specific paragraph about remuneration), and teachers will also have the possibility to share feedbacks with the community.

How can older people participate to a class ? (updated 07/26)

Older adults will also connect on the RSS web app to register for classes.
Here they will find classes topics, school maps, teachers profiles, community feedback.
One will have the possibility to choose a topic, a range of class, a school, a date, an hour.
When enough people have registered for a class (if 5 people are needed for example), the participants will receive a confirmation email.
After the class, the RSS web app will also enable giving feedback on the class / teachers.

How does a class work ? (updated 07/26)

These will depend on what the teacher want to choose. He will have the possibilty to teach for 30 minutes or more if he feels confortable with it. One to one class, or collective group.

Classes could be run by one youth teacher, but also by a youth team rather. As an example, the 'teacher' explains all the things at the beginning of the class regarding 'shopping on the web', and after she's finished a team of youth will go around providing 1 on 1 support. This could be a more friendly and comfortable environment (like family style) that won't make the elder feel patronised to be taught by a single youngster significantly younger than them. And this might be an opportunity for young teachers in training to get experience. The pressure and intimidation for a single young person to teach a group of elderly could be a barrier for many youth applicants. Young people would prefer to participate in the RSS program because they can teach as a group (teach the class together with their friends).

For the first classes prototype, I suggest to test 3 ranges of classes :

Option A :  30 minutes, 1 student + 1 teacher, mixing theory and exercices.

Option B : 60 minutes, group of 6 students, 1 teacher, 20 minutes of theory, 40 minutes of group exercices.

Option C : 90 minutes, group of 15-20 students, 3 teachers team, 3 parts of 30 minutes (lead by different teachers), mixing theory and exercices.

NB : Classes could be in one or several sessions.

How does the remuneration system work (updated 07/29) ?

2 possible remuneration systems :

- Money. Students pay per hour. Teacher get paid. Web app helps transaction.

- Points / credit (recommanded). Teaching a class gives you credits / points (but also good appreciations, time given to help the community, etc.). Credits can be used for several things. In particular : why not imagine that teachers could use their credit to become students, while older people would teach them cooking, art, or anything else about their passion.

Ressources needed (updated 07/26)

Ressources should be defined.
As a first draft about it, RSS will need :
- teachers and students ! 
- people to run the digital platform
- schools partnership
- teaching kit (depending on the topics) 
- community managers

What's behind the Reverse Summer School ? - Community inputs

"R.S.S. is a great use of the extra classroom capacity that comes in summer breaks" (Annie).

"R.S.S. would be good real-world practice for the younger people too. As they post their classes and describe what they can offer, they're getting real practice with marketing themselves and their skills, which is a skill they will use for decades" (Annie).

"R.S.S.takes place in a crucial time for older adults : summer break is often a time when neighbors are gone for holidays, when older people can feel alone."

"R.S.S. curriculum could go beyond technology" (Toddi + Paul).

"I suggest to share this idea with professionnal training departments in large companies too. Like any school, they have facilities (classrooms and equipment) and low activity in the summer" (Hind)

"...very much inline with what Paul proposed with the mentorship networks. This is pretty much an implementation of that network that I think has a great potential given the experience I had the las two years doing something similar" (Cristhian)

"... schools are great places for this challenge. They are often very well geographically distributed in residential areas where both younger and older people live. I also agree that summer is a crucial time for older adults" (Glenn)

"This is definitely a win-win for both the seniors and the teachers" (Toddi)

"Great insight regarding schools being well placed in neighborhoods. The mentors and mentees quite possibly will be able to walk to the school. Another opportunity to connect if they walk together" (Bettina)

"I wonder if this also might be a venue to incorporate an intergenerational book/film - class/group in the summers, with the possibility that it can continue on it's own, or become several groups, during the year" (Bettina)

"My suggestion to your idea is that while I like the emphasis on the RSS and technology, I wouldn't limit it to that. There could be art classes, language classes, or cooking classes. Whatever is available in a given community could be embedded into this great idea! " (Lina)

"My thoughts for the 'how does a class work' section is that they should be run by a youth team rather than just one youth teacher..." (Rob)

"The benefit for the youth in RSS is money and experience - so I think another area we can link this to is clubs/societies. What if a school club was looking for more funding for their activities? They could have the opportunity for the club members to teach a class together to raise funds" (Rob)

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If you want to help building the Reverse Summer School program you can also join our Google Plus Community. Please be welcome !

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See :
* How it works
* Logo
* Experience Map
... in the pics

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Who are the target users of your idea and how does your idea speak directly to their needs, life stages and goals?

Reverse Summer School speaks to 3 kind of target users : 1/ Young people, from 12 to 18 yo., looking for a summer job to earn a little cash and build their curriculum. They are also open to help older adults. 2/ Older people, 60 yo and more, looking for occupation and company during summer breaks. They are not specially comfortable with technology topics. 3/ Schools Manager : RSS is a way to keep their school active during summer breaks

How might your idea scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?

Reverse Summer School can be implemented either on a small or large scale. Locally, or globally. Schools are the perfect place to communicate about the RSS program in order to recruit new teachers. Associations / Club are places where older people will discover the program. Neighbourhood word of mouth will also help scaling.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to test any assumptions you might have about your idea?

* ask the kids of my neighborhood wether the idea of giving such classes could interest them + what kind of skill they could use to teach * ask older adults the kind of subjects they could be interested in * talk schools managers about the RSS program to have their feedback * go further in prototyping the web app (home page)

What aspects of your idea could benefit from the input, skills or know-how of our OpenIDEO community?

Every aspects would benefit from the openideaters inputs ! If you have any skill / ideas that could help strengthening the project, please be welcome. I'm looking forward to collaborate with you guys.

Evaluation results

17 evaluations so far

1. How well does this idea inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship?

Really well – this idea clearly activates young people to support older adults - 58.8%

It’s getting there but could use a bit more work to flesh out exactly how - 41.2%

This idea doesn’t really address how to inspire and engage young people as mentors to older adults - 0%

2. How clearly does this idea outline a path to scale so that it can spread from one local community to around the world?

Crystal clear – I understand all the milestones that this idea would need to hit in order to spread beyond one local geography - 35.3%

It’s pretty clear that this idea has the potential to scale but the steps needed to grow aren’t detailed enough - 52.9%

Not very clear – I’m not sure this idea is designed to scale given how it’s explained here - 11.8%

3. How well does this idea define who its target users are and the ways that it can meet their needs and life stages?

Very well – I understand exactly who this idea is meant to engage and how it will support them - 70.6%

Ok – I’m not sure I could tell you exactly who the target user is but I might be able to guess - 29.4%

It’s hard to tell who this idea is actually meant to engage and support - 0%

4. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

It rocked my world - 52.9%

I liked it but preferred others - 29.4%

It didn’t get me overly excited - 17.6%

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Photo of Rong Jun Li
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Congratulations Mathieu. your idea is really good. I hope many old people may be benefited from your project, and i am looking forward to see you to continue with the project.

Photo of Jinal Sanghavi
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This is a great idea! Congratulations! I personally see the challenges being acceptance to school, mobility and physical disabilities. We will need to bring the school to them - host tea parties for ground of old people on a given topic. Facilitates education and engagement in a more informal setting

Photo of Jennifer Wood
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Wonderful & congratulations!

Photo of Ricardo Gomes
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CONGRATULATIONS ("Félicitations!")"RSS" et Mathieu! "Superb"concept. Your Winning Idea recognizes & utilizes existing resources within our public (tax-supported) educational infrastructure in a resourceful and mutually sustainable manner by optimizing the potential knowledge base & benefits between our youth & elders

Photo of Leigh Cullen
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Great idea Mathieu! Well thought out. You've figured out a way that a variety of youth age ranges could teach courses / share skills in a perfect setting -- which can leverage pre-existing technology onsite and which is familiar to many.
Best of luck!
Leigh

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Thank you Leigh ;)

Photo of Molly Babbington
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This idea provides such a good mix of creativity with simplicity, which to me leads to a higher degree of execution. Best of luck- looking forward to seeing the final outcomes!

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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thanks Molly !

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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thanks to all for your inspiring contributions ;) see you soon
cheers
mathieu

Photo of Sky Gilbar
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Congratulations Mathieu. I really loved this idea. I hope you are able to continue with it! =)

Cheers,

Sky

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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thanks sky :)

Photo of Steve Downs
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Hi Mathieu,

I really like this idea. It's simple and it seems like a real win-win for both youth and seniors. I had a few thoughts to add:

- Teaching is a skill, so you might want to build in some support/supervision for the youth teachers so they go into the process reasonably well prepared and with someone to talk with as they get going and have experiences that will challenge them to adapt.

- I'd encourage you to think about what is core to the idea and what is flexible and then approach it as a series of prototypes (I like the way you described the class structure options in this fashion).

- There are are legal arrangements that need to be made with respect to use of public school classrooms or other facilities. At Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we've supported some work on model "joint use agreements," that you can find here: http://changelabsolutions.org/publications/model-JUAs-national.

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Steve, I'm glad you mentioned legal arrangements. Many schools use summer for maintenance projects and there are also insurance issues to consider. I also know that some private schools donate or rent space during summer.

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Thanks Steve for all that.
About the "teaching is a skill point" Rob has suggested a good idea, and I've also thought about a "youth 2 youth" mentoring system (see comments)
Thanks for your point about legal arrangements, it's crucial, indeed.
Cheers

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Hey Team RSS,

Sounds like you guys are prototyping and under way--really cool stuff! Not sure where you're at in testing, but here are a couple pieces of input:

1) Measuring the demand for topics among learners first may save time in the scramble to test. For instance, giving learners a list of 10 topics, and asking them to pick their 5 favorites; identify the top 3 most common topics among all respondents; then you only have to identify 3 young teachers.

2) As Steve mentioned, teaching is a skill, and not an easy one to master. Even the best professors in the world struggle to connect with everyone in the audience. Also keep in mind that people are more afraid of public speaking than just about anything else. The best way to have great class content, and get over anxiety is preparation. As a learning specialist, I'd suggest the following:
A 1-page template for the young teacher to put together their period of instruction. The main feature of the template would be 1 final objective of the class, and 3 enabling learning objectives.

Let me know if you need help with this, I'd be happy to assist!

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Hi Dave, thanks for your contribution !
Agree with your first point for the prototyping phase.
2) The point is really good and your 1 page template could be a relevant solution. What if we also image youth mentoring youth ? When a young teacher has acquired more experience, he could mentor a newbee. Horizontal and vertical mentoring system !

Photo of Donji YD
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Hello Mathieu,

I really like this idea because it takes advantage of unused facilities and could be used for youth employment.

My dad is 64 and he has constant problems with many of the problems you listed. My dad goes to the apple store and makes a Genius Bar appointment and he gets help with 90% of those items listed. My dad doesn't have a lot of time to learn those topics as it is, so for him to choose your plan over the Genius Bar, you would have to convince him that he will learn more from these kids with limited teaching experience than the highly trained Genius Bar people. He also gets a one-on-one personal environment vs. a group environment, which he doesn't learn well in. He also doesn't have to pay for the appointment.

Is there a specific area of learning you can focus on that other services like the Genius Bar don't already offer?

Maybe you could also build off of the Genius Bar.

One of the comments from Rob suggested having teams of youth. I think that way, people could get more one on one time if they need help. Trying to help 6 older people at one time can be harder than herding cats. It's already just a nightmare trying to tell my dad alone.

Also, how is this project being funded?

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The Genius Bar is an interesting learning model to consider. Research on how to most effectively teach older learners is going to be helpful to us at some stage. Looking at average attention span, for example, and learning styles. A Genius Bar style approach might be used to assess what learners want to learn and an effective approach for some, like Donji's father. But other learners will benefit from individual instruction/coaching while others will want a more traditional classroom approach. Differentiation is the key!

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Thanks Donji, Jennifer. Indeed Genius Bar is a benchmark to consider.

Photo of Jennifer Wood
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One thought on class registration. If the goal is to teach seniors technology skills, registering via an app could be a challenge unless younger friends or family members do the registration. It might be helpful to offer a low-tech registration approach, for example register by phone.

Photo of Kaye Han
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I agree with your point here Jennifer, would be a good idea to offer multiple ways to register in the beginning. If there's overwhelming registrations coming from web app then the phone service can just be cancelled later on down the track.

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Totally agree with that Jennifer and Rob, thanks :)

Photo of Donji YD
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I like how you organized your idea. Especially about the part about the pillars. You inspired me!

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Thanks Donji ;)

Photo of Jennifer Wood
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Mathieu, I can see this idea working! I've been teaching for 7 years in Berlin and am often asked by senior students (and their parents) -- what can I do in summer to build my resume? I don't really have the skills to get a job or competition is intense for just a few opportunities. With state/public schools, it might be more complex to arrange access to buildings during summer holidays. However, the private school network (IB curriculum) might be an interesting option. An idea worth exploring!

Photo of Sarah Owusu
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Love LOVE Love this idea - really great: simple to implement, win-win for both sides, using empty space during holidays, etc. Especially like that it acknowledges that anyone, any age can teach something and has something to add - I think this will be a real confidence-booster for the young teachers. It will also give them insight into what "a day in the life" of their teachers is like - perhaps making them more empathetic students when school recommences ... ?

I would add that the young people don't necessarily need to teach things like tech, digital, social media... they will have insights and an openness that many older people have "forgotten" that they could share. Curiosity, a sense of play and wonder, no fear and boundaries in the same way - how could we harness that and convey it in a class. Perhaps they could teach things like:
- how to daydream
- association game / That Makes Me Think Of (borrowed from my hero, Ze Frank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnN0L-wkU-Y)

Or co-taught workshops where they uncover the things that change over a lifetime: ie. letter writing to your younger self / older self, and then sharing those letters with each other...

Anyway, don't mean to complicate - just to say that I think the possibilities are endless with this fantastic idea.

Photo of Meena Kadri
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Fab to see you multi-tasking on 2 challenges, Sarah!

Photo of Jennifer Wood
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Mathieu, a quick question--should we post feedback on your updated concept here or on the Google doc? Thanks!

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Hi jennifer, here might be better, thks

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Hi Matthieu. I wonder if this also might be a venue to incorporate an intergenerational book/film - class/group in the summers, with the possibility that it can continue on it's own, or become several groups, during the year. Read a book during the week and follow that with a film screening - either the film based on the book, or a film on the same topic, or a documentary about the author. There are many possibilities. On a hot summer's day watching a film, followed by discussion, might be a very welcome thing to do for everyone. They can utilize the school auditorium. Perhaps offer this as a specific "class" or an add on for after the formal classes as an extension to the day. In this scenario seniors and youth from different classes can join together increasing participation and community.

I will incorporate RSS as a site to "scale up" my post - InterG - Book Film Club.
https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-mentor/refinement/a-night-at-the-movies-book-club

Photo of Amber Capehart
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Great idea. I think that there simply needs to be more development on training the youth teaching/presentation skills prior to them "teaching" a course on social media, e-mail, etc. Perhaps, AARP could offer some sort of training seminar for the youth interested.

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Hi Amber, thanks for your input. I agree with it. We need to give them tips and advice in a way or another. I'm going to think about it. cheers

Photo of Anna Warheit
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I just commented above about getting college students involved as well. Was thinking education majors could be a great resource to bring some experience and knowledge to the project on how to present/teach. For example, one college education major is home on summer break, and could possibly set it up as an externship experience to gain course credit by leading a group of 5-6 high school students, teaching them how to teach, essentially. Just a thought :)

Photo of Kaye Han
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Mathieu, I would just like to say this is an incredible idea that is not only easy to implement but also potentially very very effective. Keep up the great work and can't wait to see further refinement in the 'coming soon' areas! :)

I have some thoughts: from my experience with elderly, they learn differently from young people - especially when it comes to technology. It's not that they're unknowledgeable, it's more that they're uncomfortable with the new motions to get things done. My thoughts for the 'how does a class work' section is that they should be run by a youth team rather than just one youth teacher. For example 'how to shop on the web' is not a difficult task to literally do, but it makes the elderly person much more uncomfortable - so it may be a good idea to have more youth sitting with them step-by-step in the process. It's emotional support to augment the knowledge being transferred by the teacher at the front of the room.

So as an example, the 'teacher' explains all the things at the beginning of the class regarding 'shopping on the web', and after she's finished a team of youth will go around providing 1 on 1 support. This is also a much more friendly and comfortable environment (like family style) that won't make the elder feel patronised to be taught by a single youngster significantly younger than them. Sort of like 'removing the familiarity' of the one teacher authority in the front of the room and the students being inferior, and making the environment feel a lot more informal.

Just a thought, I hope it helps.

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Hi Rob, thanks for your really good point. I totally agree with the "group teaching" teaching principle, since it have many advantages. The only thing is that you need "more" teachers to do it, so we'll have to find a way to manage that. Thanks again and welcome in the team :)

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This might be an opportunity for young teachers in training to get experience. Depending on the teacher training program/university, our reverse summer school might qualify as a way for new teachers to get observation hours, practice teaching, etc. Another concrete result for the young volunteers! Good ideas, Rob.

Photo of Kaye Han
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Hi Mathieu, thanks so much for adding me to the team! Just as Jennifer mentioned, it might be a good way for teachers in training to get experience as well.

Another thought is that young people would prefer to participate in the RSS program because they can teach as a group (teach the class together with their friends). I imagine the pressure and intimidation for a single young person to teach a group of elderly to be quite a barrier for many youth applicants.

The benefit for the youth in RSS is money and experience - so I think another area we can link this to is clubs/societies. What if a school club was looking for more funding for their activities? They could have the opportunity for the club members to teach a class together to raise funds.

Just throwing thoughts out there! :)

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All great ideas! I would consider opening up the program for college students as well. Perhaps those majoring in education who are home on summer break. They could return to their old high school and help guide a group of high school students to prepare them to lead the class. The college students could possibly work it out to get college credit for their time instead of money.

With the idea mentioned above, the college student could "teach" the material up front (giving them experience in that setting and worthy of internship credit), then the high school students could be the team that is available to guide the elders through the task 1 on 1.

Photo of Lina Padilla
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Hi Mathieu,
I am a fan of this idea! I think it makes perfect sense to utilize a space like a school in an "off season" time. My suggestion to your idea is that while I like the emphasis on the RSS and technology, I wouldn't limit it to that. There could be art classes, language classes, or cooking classes. Whatever is available in a given community could be embedded into this great idea!

Thanks,
Lina

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Hi Lina and Mathieu. I would also suggest that the idea expands from that of a formal class, the youth teach the adult, to include workshops where a group can do an activity together. Offering passion projects might be a way to bring youth and adults together in a way where they can learn together. As part of the project technology can be introduced as a tool. Example - Learn Spanish - They learn together. Part of the class might include making an audio recording on their phone so that they can review and practice later. They can learn how to do this, download a free app. They can also learn how to share a recording on Facebook, use the internet to find a spanish/english/french whatever dictionary, learn about Argentina, Spain etc. etc. Maybe the RSS can be a school that teaches many things but all subjects are tech supported and tech is therefore taught alongside every subject.

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Dear Team, I have just posted an update of the concept. Feedback and collaboration welcome :) Thanks in advance, cheers, Mathieu

Photo of Jennifer Wood
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well done! will read soon and respond.

Photo of Jennifer Wood
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Dear Team, I'm involved with TEDx in Berlin and there's an annual youth event -- last year's topic was "The Spark". I realize this might be jumping ahead a bit, but I wonder if the TEDx platform would be a way for participants to share their experiences and inspire this model of intergenerational learning/service work?

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P.S. One other thought re: TEDx as platform to share & inspire. During the ideas phase, I remember the question about how to motivate young people to mentor. Something like a TEDx talk is a concrete take away that can be used on a resume as an accomplishment or recommendation. Just a thought!

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Thanks for your great input Jennifer. How could we use the TED platform precisely ? Would it be a way to increase the program's awareness or could we use it differently ? How could we make a link with the RSS digital platform ?

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Jenn and Mathieu,

Check out this cool IDEA from the Creative Confidence Challenge. It might give you some ideas around thinking about TED talks, youth, motivation, confidence building ....
https://openideo.com/challenge/creative-confidence/ideas/objective-ted
Great suggestion Jenn!

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Bettina, thanks for sharing this link. I wouldn't have found it otherwise :) Exactly along the lines of what I was thinking when I made the suggestion! Mathieu, not sure how to link w/ RSS platform…will give that some thought. TEDx conferences are a good way for participants to engage with each other, but the talks (which do not always need to be 18 minutes) can be designed around a theme to share work, promote the idea and design. If we ran a couple of summer school programs, for instance, and participants were interested in participating in a TED-style conference to reflect, share and be together, we could set that up. Does that make sense?

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Hi All, I've juste created a Google + community to help refining the concept together : https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106116697008105182161

Photo of Meena Kadri
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Was wondering whether you're only keen for your team to participate in the Google group – or anyone here on OpenIDEO? If the latter – maybe you want to add the link to it on your post itself?

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Hi Meena, yes of course I want the Google group to be open to everyone. I'm going to post the link. Thanks

Photo of Mathieu Chevalier
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Hi team, I've just started to refine the RSS concept (see update), it's work in progress ! Do you have any skill / ideas that could help strengthening the project ?

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Congrats on your idea being one of the Top 20 shortlisted ideas, Mathieu! Way to put an awesome twist on what exists and we’re so excited to see you incorporating community feedback already. There’s clearly a lot of enthusiasm and rich conversation happening around your idea. Your thoughtful execution of user experience maps beautifully illustrate your idea. Another challenge we have for you is to begin getting tactical about programming. For example, what are the range of classes offered? How long would they last (one day workshop vs. several weeks)? What resources would you imagine they’d need? Might young people co-teach or co-create the curriculum with older adults? How might mentorship play a role in driving the training and programming forward for youth teachers each year? We imagine you could partner with existing summer programs to bolster resources and galvanize young people to participate. Lots of exciting components to explore and consider more deeply. Pick a couple and partner with your team to start brainstorming how you’ll take this idea to the next level. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! For more tips for this Refinement phase, check out http://ideo.pn/ym-refine-tips and catch our Lowdown on Refinement at http://bit.ly/oi_refine

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Thanks for all that ! I have a few questions :
- What do you mean more precisely by "How might mentorship play a role in driving the training and programming forward for youth teachers each year?"
- What's the best way to communicate and brainstorm with my team ? Can I "poke" them in the comments section ? Shall I create à G+ community ? Cheers

Photo of Meena Kadri
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Hi there, Mathieu – congrats! On our recent release we began triggering email notifications for your whole team from all comments posted here (including this one :^) So now you can convene conversations from right here on OpenIDEO. eg. You might start a number of conversation threads around specific points you're keen to discuss and everyone on your team will be notified. Or announce a G+ community & they'll all find out.

Regarding your other question – I'll let folks on the OpenIDEO Team who helped put your feedback together and one of them should be back to you on that in the next day or so.

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Ok thank you Meena!

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Hi Mathieu!

Congrats on taking your idea to the next level. We're really excited to see you connecting with your team and asking such great questions.

I'm happy to offer some extra context around your question: "What do you mean more precisely by "How might mentorship play a role in driving the training and programming forward for youth teachers each year?"

We were wondering whether teacher-to-teacher training might offer an additional layer of mentoring...Perhaps an uncovered gem hiding in your awesome idea! For example, a young person from the previous RSS program trains and mentors an incoming teacher for the upcoming summer. It could be interesting to highlight this dynamic as an added benefit for you mentorship, leadership and development within the program. Just a thought :)

Hope this helps to clarify and please do keep asking great questions!

Coreen

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Ok thanks Corenn it's perfectly clear!

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We also think your idea could work well in tandem with this idea: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-mentor/ideas/holiday-camp-mashups Given collaboration is the name of the game here at OpenIDEO, we hope you might reach out and collaborate to grow each other's concepts. Creativity loves company!

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Meena, thanks for connecting us with the holiday-camp-mashup. A Berlin based peace organization (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace) has been doing excellent summer camps for many years and might be a Europe based option for collaboration: https://www.asf-ev.de/en/summer-camps/summer-camps.html And a U.S. org (Volunteers for Peace) might be useful as well: http://www.vfp.org

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Nice finds! Do let them know and join in on the conversation on that idea too :^)

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Thanks Meena for connecting.
Thanks Jennifer for the links, these could be good options indeed.

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Hi Mathieu and team! Meena pointed me in your direction. Thanks Meena! Would love to bounce ideas off each other and collaborate!

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Hey Bettina , welcome in :)

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Hi all!
Mathieu -
I have been thinking about how our ideas can build together. Is your plan to offer classes everyday during the summer? My idea is to have seniors and youth join for a week at a time with the option to stay 2 or 3 weeks. My idea has youth teaching seniors and vice versa depending on the topic. I also have them in the same course together. It is all possible. Courses can be didactic but also group projects working together. There will be fun evening activities where everyone can relax and be together.
What if the youth mentors that teach in the schools during the summer can become a feed in group for the Summer Camps? They will be prepared as mentors and they can be recruited for the camp. The incentive can be an experience away from home. I was also thinking that another incentive could be teach for a week at camp and stay for a second week as a guest free of charge.
One last thought - If a senior takes a class during the summer what if there is an intensive one week course at the camp that builds on what they learned in the school - or the opposite. Create a curriculum that is linked with the Camp, at least in part. ex ) Learn the basics of digital photography at the school. Go to the camp and apply these skills to a photo project class.
What do you think?

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Hi Bettina. Thanks for your great imputs. I won't be available for a few days, but I'll be back on monday to think about all that. See you then.

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Enjoy the summer weekend Mathieu!

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Brilliant idea Mathieu! I think schools are great places for this challenge. They are often very well geographically distributed in residential areas where both younger and older people live. I also agree that summer is a crucial time for older adults.

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Thanks ;)

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Glenn - Great insight regarding schools being well placed in neighborhoods. The mentors and mentees quite possibly will be able to walk to the school. Another opportunity to connect if they walk together.

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Simple and brilliant idea, Mathieu ! I suggest to share this idea with professionnal training departments in large companies too. Like any school, they have facilities (classrooms and equipment) and low activity in the summer. So they might be interested in this project.

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Really cool Mathieu! Nice to see how so many different ideas are coming together in this process... very much inline with what Paul proposed with the mentorship networks. This is pretty much an implementation of that network that I think has a great potential given the experience I had the las two years doing something similar (but instead of using schools, doing it in a senior community center). In that experience, just to share an insight, the key actor was the volunteers and managers of the senior center. They setup the program and the learning meetings. I would say you will need someone to fulfil that role also here. I also thing that, besides learning, one things that works very well is "creativity" or creating something together, be it for example a blog... Although in italian, this is a collaborative blog that came out from these learning sessions at the senior center I was telling you about: http://contradalarga.wordpress.com/

Also, checkout my contribution about engaging in collaboration around digitalizing life stories and creating a book with them: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-mentor/ideas/reminiscing-together-an-it-supported-mentorship-program-that-bridge-generations-through-memories-sharing-stimulation-and-collaboration-in-its-preservation

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Congrats on this posting being today's Featured Contribution!

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This is definitely a win-win for both the seniors and the "teachers." I love taking continuing education classes in the evening at our local highschool--another time when the classrooms are empty. Most of the other students are seniors. I already know young folks who teach on Coursera and other platforms to build their brand and expertise. I agree with Paul that the curriculum can go beyond technology.

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Mathieu,
This is excellent! I appreciate how your idea can potentially impact more than a single group in a positive way. The older adults would receive the knowledge they seek to acquire; teenagers and younger adults would receive volunteer hours, something to add to their resume, or even a stipend; schools would receive beneficial exposure; the possibilities are infinite.
Even with the possibility of schools not agreeing with the usage of their classrooms during the summer, this is a solid idea, and I can't imagine other areas, like community centers or places with a "school feel", not agreeing to this.

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Thanks for your support Theodore :) We might find a way to convince schools about the relevance of the approach, but "school feel" community centers could be a good back up.

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Really great idea Mathieu.
There is possibly potential for this to extend beyond the technology sphere, although technology would probably have the greatest appeal.
I have always seen empty classrooms as a wasted resource
Some schools here have offered community based classes in the evenings but the teaching resource has usually been professional.
Many years ago but well after I was married and in the workplace I took a final year high school subject in drafting in order to draw up plans for a holiday home. Although, as I say, the teaching resource was professional (but I think retired) we could probably have benefited from having students who had recently passed the subject as guides and mentors during the classes. That way we would not have had to wait our turn for individual help from the teacher while practising the skills taught.

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Thanks for the team add Mathieu I shall endeavour to give you some constructive input.

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welcome in !

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Fab to hear that you're going to be asking folks in your neighbourhood about this – and we're amped to hear you're planning on creating an Experience Map :^)

Could also be cool for both younger & older people to get a certificate / badge to indicate their participation? My mother (in her 80s) goes to senior net classes and is quite proud of every milestone she crosses. Always makes me think she'd love having something to show for this besides just the skills she clocks up.

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What a great use of the extra classroom capacity that comes in summer breaks! Your second pillar of the reverse summer school (teachers) seems like it would be good real-world practice for the younger people too. As they post their classes and describe what they can offer, they're getting real practice with marketing themselves and their skills, which is a skill they will use for decades.

When you mention that the platform will help the young people identify their skills, register, etc., it makes me wonder who needs to be involved behind the scenes in setting up this platform. What kind of perspective do you think would be useful for this person/ group/ organization to have in order to speak to the needs and hopes of the young people as well as the older adults?

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Hi Annie, Thanks for your comment. I like the idea of thinking about a "perspective" for the suggested platform. I'm going to think about it, looking for an aspirational vision.