2:15 - 2:30 | Intergenerational Mentoring During COVID-19 and Beyond: Connecting the Generations Online
Running an academic mentoring program during COVID has been incredibly challenging but equally rewarding. In this presentation, learn how we took our in-person intergenerational mentoring programs -- ordinarily run at schools and libraries -- on-line over the course of weeks and the best practices we have developed since March. We will share how we effectively run our program, developed new program materials and procedures, trained ourselves and our mentors to use conferencing and school platform technology, developed educational programming to support our students, their parents and our mentors, and encouraged our mentors to support each-other. Our programming has kept many of our mentors, who were used to meeting students in person and offering one-on-one literacy and homework help, engaged and interconnected, thereby lessoning the isolation caused by COVID and providing a rewarding intergenerational experience.
Speakers: Anietra Guzman-Santana, Family Service Society of Yonkers
2:30 - 2:45 | Ztutors: Older Adults Reading with Elementary School Students via Zoom
ZTutors (aka Tutoring on Zoom) was envisioned to meet urgent needs that were emerging as fallouts of the Covid-19 crises to support parents and students, while engaging a valuable resource: older adults wanting to serve. This intergenerational program was piloted by Age-Friendly Lancaster City, and coordinated by Age2Age Consulting in Lancaster, PA. The older adult volunteers for the initial 90-day pilot were all members of the Lancaster Downtowners (a “Village” and member of the National Village to Village Network.) The Volunteer ZTutors began reading with elementary school students who were doing asynchronous learning at home and/or in a day care setting. When some students returned to their classrooms, ZTutors and the schools adapted to continue the virtual one-to-one support for the students. Using Zoom, and an on-line platform of books, the reading sessions remained safe for all participants.
Speakers: Chris Kennedy, Age2Age
2:45 - 3:00 | Creative Remote Learning: Aging, Culture, and Intergenerational Activities for Hawaii Schools
The purpose of this session is to share creative approaches to teaching students about aging and culture through asynchronous curricula and virtual intergenerational experiences. The session will highlight the presenters' experience in working with middle and high school teachers in Honolulu, Hawaii during COVID-19. The session will share experiences in getting buy-in and securing partnerships with teachers and service providers in the aging network to develop and implement the curricula and intergenerational activities. Highlights of the curricula include: 1) lessons on healthy aging and fostering age-friendly communities; and 2) virtual interactions with kupuna (Hawaiian for elders) to learn about resilience. The session will provide creative ideas, tips, and lessons learned.
Speakers: Christy Nishita, University of Hawaii Center on Aging | Erin Ah Sue, Punahele Projects
Family Service Society of Yonkers
Chris Kennedy manages Age2Age, a national consulting practice based in Lancaster, PA that guides clients to envision, design, and launch Age-Friendly projects across multiple disciplines and business sectors. Chris draws on her six careers that span urban planning, telecom and high tech, in roles that include grants manager, lobbyist, parent, account executive, conversation convener, key note speaker and project launcher. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.
University of Hawaii Center on Aging
Christy Nishita, Ph.D. is an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawaii Center on Aging. Her focus is on improving community-based long-term care, intergenerational programming, and health promotion. As the coordinator for the Mayor's Age-Friendly Honolulu Initiative, she develops and engages the community in intergenerational activities. She also serves as Coordinator for the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, From the Field section.
Erin Ah Sue
Erin Ah Sue is a registered nurse in an emergency department. As a Kamehameha Schools Ho`oulu scholar, she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Chaminade University of Honolulu. With a passion for her community and ideas to improve rural resources for family caregivers Erin completed an entrepreneur fellowship with Kamehameha Schools and traveled to Silicon Valley. She then created Punahele Projects, an initiative to improve rural caregiving by partnering with local families, schools, and long-term care providers.