Thursday, Sep. 23, 2010

If You're a Senior Citizen

Kids can really benefit from what you know. And they can help you stay active (and impress your grandchildren with your knowledge of Lil Wayne).

Experience Corps puts Americans ages 55 and older in schools to serve as tutors and mentors in 22 U.S. cities. Research has shown that Experience Corps students make 60% more progress in reading than similar students not served by the program. Participating schools also experience fewer disciplinary problems. Depending on the level of commitment, tutors can receive a monthly stipend.G

Foster Grandparents is a 45-year-old program that allows people ages 55 and up to mentor young people in a range of environments, including classrooms. Participants generally serve 15 to 40 hours per week and can earn an hourly stipend.