ERIC Number: ED369774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Senior Citizens as School Volunteers: New Resources for the Future. ERIC Digest.
School volunteers come from many sources and provide a wide range of services at both the elementary and secondary levels. Senior citizens have discovered that volunteering offers an avenue for exercising skills and talents gained through a lifetime of experience. In schools across the country, older adults are being brought into classrooms, to the mutual benefit of the schools and the seniors. This digest highlights the value and importance of involving senior citizens in a school volunteer program and provides strategies for program development and implementation. Seven steps to a successful intergenerational program are outlined. These steps are: (1) a needs assessment defining what is to be accomplished; (2) a job description telling volunteers the purpose of the program, what skills are necessary, how much time they must commit, and what is expected of them; (3) recruitment techniques; (4) a screening interview; (5) orientation and training; (6) periodic recognition of volunteer efforts; and (7) an evaluation of whether the goals and objectives of the program have been achieved. Four special issues are discussed briefly: transportation for older volunteers, lunches, liability insurance, and arranging for required tuberculin (TB) skin tests. A list of five organizations and volunteer clearinghouses that can help locate suitable older volunteers is included. (LL)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education, Washington, DC.