Americans are living longer, 30 years longer than just a century ago. At the same time, the number of people over age 65 has doubled in the past 30 years, and will double again in the coming three decades. This group constitutes a growing and largely untapped social asset that can be marshaled to help children living in distressed communities. There is evidence that sustained relationships with caring adults can make a significant difference in the health and well being of children, and that older adults are particularly well suited to forging these bonds. Equally important, recent research suggests that because strong social networks and productive activity are closely linked to prolonged physical and mental well being in later life, this has important health returns for older people. The purpose of this intergenerational project is to test a well developed model for making this mutually beneficial match by expanding the Experience Corps in three cities and assessing its ability to become institutionalized over time. Project deliverables would include: (1) 1,600 additional senior volunteers providing 15,000 hours of school-based services; (2) the establishment of a national office to help local sites with program development, quality assurance, fundraising, and strategic expansion; and (3) an increased ability to disseminate promising strategies to a wider audience.
Amount Awarded $6,818,161.00
Awarded on: 10/25/2001
Time frame: 12/1/2001 - 3/31/2007
Grant Number: 39367