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Life as a Multi-Generational Mentor

Life as a Multi-Generational Mentor
September 01, 2020

Senior citizens and children, though on opposite ends of their life journey, have many things in common. Both might feel lonely or misunderstood, or that their needs and contributions fall outside those of the “movers and shakers” of the community. The Multi-Generational Mentoring program turns these vulnerabilities into strengths by pairing seniors from the Golden Center with students from local elementary schools. The result? Bonds that bring hope and purpose to two generations.

How the Program Works

The Multi-Generational Mentoring program, funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County, pairs seniors who may lack opportunities to be involved in the community with at-risk elementary school youth needing help with their education. During after-school meetings at three different sites (Loudonville Library, Good Shepherd Villa, and Millrun Place), seniors from the Golden Center help students from McMullen, Budd, and Reagan elementary schools complete their homework. Seniors share their wisdom, encouragement, and support. In turn, students offer their mentors a sense of connection and purpose, along with many opportunities for laughter and fun. In fact, sometimes the children form a bond so strong that they refer to their mentor as "Grandma or Grandpa."

Benefits of the Program 

This special partnership helps the community thrive. Older adults who feel isolated find purpose and meaning, while children find a role model to look up to. They also learn how to behave around older adults and respect their elders, a value many believe has been lost. 

The outcomes for the 2019 Fiscal Year help tell the story:

  • 16 youth participated in the MGM programs in both Loudonville and Ashland, working with 10 older adults and 1 youth mentor
  • Over 228 hours of after-school educational and mentoring support to the youth were provided by the older adult mentors
  • 133 seniors were involved with Golden Center activities (socialization and education), totaling 256 hours
  • A variety of topics of interest to the seniors were offered to Golden Center participants including: Health & Wellness, Safety, Fraud/Exploitation Information, Music Therapy, Fall Prevention and the Importance of Nutrition.

The Future

The Multi-Generational Mentoring program plays a vital role in connecting the community, and it accomplishes this task with funding and support from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County. 


Want to learn more about the programs we fund? Find out on the list of partner agencies

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