Program Benefits

Through decades of program evaluation and research, we have identified the following benefits for students, teachers, volunteers and the community


Student Benefits


  • Increase in self-esteem

  • Increase in knowledge, skills, and learning

  • Increase in understanding and appreciation of aging and older people

  • Decrease in the stereotypes of aging and older adults

  • New, positive connections and meaningful relationships with older people

  • Addition of supportive, positive role models

  • Additional support for students requiring extra attention

  • Increase in historical perspective

  • Increased sense of connection with the community














Teacher Benefits


  • Increased time to teach 

  • Freedom to provide one-on-one attention to students who need it

  • Increased support in the realization of their professional goals

  • Enhancement to their lesson plan or curriculum

  • Increased respect, understanding, and appreciation for their job
























Volunteer Benefits


  • Increased satisfaction and purpose

  • Enhanced self-esteem.

  • Addition of new, positive meaningful relationships with children and professionals within the community. 

  • An understanding and acceptance of today’s youth. 

  • Opportunities to transfer knowledge, skills, and values to the next generation.

  • A reduction in the sense of isolation 

  • An increase in the stimulation of mental capacities

  • An increase in the connections within the community

  • Rekindling the joy of learning and living

  • Continued involvement in the community creating alliances with those who have children in the schools and those who do not




Community Benefits


  • The creation of bonds between older adults and students

  • Dispelling stereotypes that seniors may have of the younger generation, and vice versa, creating a feeling of comfort between generations

  • Local partnerships between families, schools, businesses, community, and religious groups which has been proven to raise student achievement, and create and sustain safe communities

  • Increase in opportunities for youth and older adults to both give and receive support

  • Prevention of unnatural age segregation, which increases community awareness about issues that affect both young and old

  • Facilitation of community collaboration, pooling of resources, and encouraging cooperative problem solving

  • Promoting an appreciation for rich cultural heritage, traditions, and stories