ERIC Number: ED258735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
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Project Teen-Ager - A Skills Exchange Program: High School Students Volunteering with the Elderly in a Rural Community.
Morris, Judson H., Jr.
Designed to improve self esteem and quality of life for rural adolescents and elderly, Project Teen-Ager enables these groups to exchange knowledge and skills for their mutual benefit. Initial sponsors of the program were Manning High School and South Carolina Community Long Term Care, a state agency for elderly/disabled persons who need help to remain at home. From a student body of 900, 60 students (45 females and 15 males, ages 14-18) volunteered for the project and completed a training program which introduced them to the needs and characteristics of the elderly. Fifteen elderly (13 males and 2 females, ages 57-98) agreed to participate. Needs and skills of students and the elderly were inventoried and used to form complementary teams consisting of four students and one elderly person. In the first 3 months of the project (March-June 1984) students spent a total of 150 hours with their elderly partners--an average of 1 hour per older person per week. Their activities included gardening, housekeeping, cooking, helping with school homework, transporting, talking, and listening. Judging by the active support of community agencies and the positive responses of adolescent and elderly participants, the continuation of Project Teen-Ager seems assured. (JHZ)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Services, Cross Age Teaching, Experiential Learning, Extracurricular Activities, Helping Relationship, High School Students, High Schools, Human Resources, Individual Needs, Older Adults, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Quality of Life, Rural Population, School Community Relationship, Self Esteem, Social Support Groups, Student Volunteers, Volunteer Training
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Community
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