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Back to School: Becoming an Experience Corps Volunteer

Posted: 02/27/2017 by | 4 Comments

Blogger Kay Patterson is an AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteer in Buffalo, NY. Experience Corps is an award-winning literacy program that helps K-3 students from underserved communities learn to read at grade level by 4th grade, using trained volunteers 50 and older. Kay is blogging about her experience as an Experience Corps mentor and tutor. […]

Awakenings: The Intergenerational Value of Mentorship

Posted: 01/24/2017 by | No Comments

Poet and longtime educator Robert Frost once said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” That’s a fitting description of mentoring, too — the act of being “an awakener.” As any good mentor knows, the goal of mentoring is to awaken self-confidence and unlock potential by developing the competence and character of the mentee. […]

Mentoring at any age

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Posted: 01/17/2017 by | No Comments

When you think of a mentor from your youth, who comes to mind? Is it a parent or other family member? A neighbor?  A friend or colleague? Whoever it was, chances are your mentor was older than you were — someone who drew upon decades of experience to guide you through pivotal moments in your […]