Intergenerational Mentoring Program Begins at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

[BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ] (October 27)— The Berkeley Heights YMCA is the proud sponsor of an Intergenerational Mentoring Program. This program is bringing teens and seniors together to share experiences and expertise with each other. As a group, they will brainstorm and complete a community project together as well. This mentoring program is led by an experienced group facilitator who will be guiding the group through the process. The program had its first meeting on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Berkeley Heights YMCA from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and will continue for six weeks.

Intergenerational programs bring both younger and older generations together where talents and resources are shared benefiting both generations and the community as a whole. Interacting with older adults enables youth to develop social networks, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, positive attitudes toward aging, a sense of purpose and community service. According to AARP, students who worked with seniors for a single school year saw more than 60 percent greater gains in literacy skills than those who didn’t participate.

Seniors benefit too. They learn new innovations and technologies from their younger counterparts while feeling a sense of belonging and purpose leading to greater self-esteem. According to a recent Harvard University article, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests people who give their time to others might also be rewarded with better physical health—including lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan. Both the younger and older generations benefit tremendously from this connection and experience. It’s a win-win for all!

For more information about this Mentoring program, please contact Maria Nolting at the Berkeley Heights YMCA at (908)464-8373 x2024. Registration is required.

The Summit Area YMCA offers many other programs designed expressly for seniors including Senior Swim Lessons, Enhance Fitness classes and Togetherhood, a monthly Senior Spa series where participants enjoy hand massages and manicures. To find out more about these programs and other Y programs go to https://www.thesay.org/programs

The Summit Area YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. A strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. The Intergenerational Mentoring Program benefits all community members with the stepping stones needed to build a better tomorrow.

The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at www.thesay.org.