Seniors For Kids Society - Outcomes & Testimonials
- Mentoring in the Seniors for Kids Society is a unique, enriching organization for older people. This program provides an opportunity for senior volunteers to participate in a valuable and rewarding experience with youth. All seniors have had life experiences which can be enjoyable in sharing. They have patience to teach excellent skills; their wisdom and knowledge of Canadian values and culture is invaluable and fun to tell others about. Seniors feel a sense of satisfaction when they have impacted another’s life for the good. They gain in personal appreciation and become positive vocal advocates for the young people of today.
- Elders from the Stoney reservation come into the schools to meet with native students on a one-one match. The main objective is to enhance the ability to speak in their native language, that being Stoney. Culture and traditional values are taught and shared with the native students as well as non-native students.
- When youth have the opportunity to participate in a Grandparent Program, they are given the chance to be in an unhurried, non-judgmental interaction with a caring senior. Mentoring activities are consistent with personal goals. Youth learn social and communication skills. They improve their interactions with peers. Youth are less likely to be involved with negative behavior and activities. The end result is a usually strong improvement in academic success and in positive personal development skills.
- The Seniors for Kids Society gives schools access to a very dedicated and supportive volunteer group. This is offered at no cost to the area schools. These senior volunteers commit two to three hours a week. A teacher and senior volunteer decide a time frame that works best for them.
- Bethany Care Centre: 403-932-6422
- Big Hill Lodge: 403-932-3385
- Elizabeth Barrett School: 403-932-3151
- Glenbow Elementary School: 403-932-4922
Holy Spirit School: 403-932-2433
- Manachaban Middle School: 403-932-2215
- Mitford Middle School: 403-932-4457
- St. Timothy: 403-932-7235
Westbrook School: 403-932-5443
- The Seniors for Kids Society is an excellent mentoring organization that has a strong positive impact on the entire community. It is a powerful initiative that improves self-esteem, attitudes, and a desire to reach one’s full potential. A deep trust between youth and seniors develops. The result is trusted respect towards each other. This is an enriching opportunity that encircles everyone involved with these two generations, which includes the entire community of Cochrane and western M.D. of Rocky View: students, senior volunteers, staff, and families.
- “Before Christmas I made scrumptious chocolate mice with my "grandparent" at Westbrook school. It was really fun. Sarah gave one to my sister Taylor. When we took them home my mom said they were cool too.
I told my mom, “let’s enter them into the dessert competition in Calgary.” Guess what? I won first prize - it was a voucher for $25.00. I was really excited. I want to thank every one who helped us make the mice - especially Grama Dodi.”
“I was asked how old I was. When I replied that I was 72 a look of awe was seen on my school grandchild’s face. He replied with a “That’s so cool!”
Rockyview School Child Development Advisor: “Kelly was quite excited to tell me about the bird feed they made. I wanted you to know that Jay's mom told me he talks about Doug a lot and really feels he has connected with him. Thought that was pretty cool.”
“My daughter has made a lasting friendship with her school grandparent. She speaks of her with great fondness. What a wonderful program”
"Grandparents and Grandchildren are joined by the heart."