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About the program
SAVVY: Senior Ambassadors Virtually Volunteer with Youth is an intergenerational volunteering program that connects seniors and youth to volunteer together for virtual and/or in-person activities. The program will consist of a combination of one-on-one relationship building, skills-sharing, monthly group connects and volunteering for community organizations.
How it works
A senior SAVVY participant (age 55+) is matched with a youth SAVVY participant (age 14-25) who they will meet virtually on a bi-weekly basis to do volunteering activities together. The youth will share their media and tech skills and the senior will share their own skills and knowledge in return. Volunteering activities can include:
- Teaching/learning technological skills.
- Discussing social issues.
- Discussing life goals and experiences.
- Co-creating and facilitating a virtual workshop about a topic the pair is mutually interested in (social justice, mental health, healthy eating, etc.).
- Taking part in group volunteering events with the whole SAVVY team.
Why should I participate?
Intergenerational programs bridge generational gaps and foster relationships between individuals of various ages, while also addressing issues such as mental wellbeing, loneliness and isolation, ageism, cultural identity gaps, digital divides and more. Volunteering with a buddy can be fun and inspiring, especially when you get to share new experiences with each other!
We will prioritize members of underserved communities into the program, including people who identify as racialized, LGBTQ2S+, newcomer or refugee, low-income, and/or live with a disability.
Applications are now open! Use the action buttons to view the volunteer roles and click on the Yellow Apply Now button. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.