- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 31, 2004

MORE INFO:

BOOKS —

• “THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS: ADULT MENTORS, URBAN YOUTH, AND THE NEW VOLUNTEERISM,” BY MARC FREEDMAN, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1999. THIS BOOK EXPLORES HOW SENIOR MENTORS IN SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR AT-RISK YOUTH.

• “THE CREATIVE AGE: AWAKENING HUMAN POTENTIAL IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE,” BY GENE COHEN, QUILL, 2001. THIS BOOK, BY A GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY GERONTOLOGIST, EMPHASIZES THAT THE LATER YEARS CAN BE ONES OF CREATIVE AND INTELLECTUAL GROWTH. THE KEY TO ACHIEVING THAT GOAL IS STAYING ENGAGED AND ACTIVE.

ASSOCIATIONS —

• AARP, 601 E ST. NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20049. PHONE: 800/424-3410. WEB SITE: WWW.AARP.ORG. THIS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION HAS ARTICLES ABOUT COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS AND INTERGENERATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. AARP HAS AN ONLINE VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT TOOL THAT MAKES IT EASY TO LOCATE AND SIGN UP FOR MENTORING PROGRAMS.

ONLINE —

THE NONPROFIT NATIONAL MENTORING PARTNERSHIP (WWW.MENTORING.ORG) HAS INFORMATION ON MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES ON ITS WEB SITE.

• BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS (WWW.BBBSA.ORG), THE OLDEST AND LARGEST NONPROFIT YOUTH MENTORING ORGANIZATION IN THE COUNTRY, WELCOMES SENIORS AS MENTORS.

• EVERYBODY WINS (WWW.EVERYBODYWINS.ORG) IS A NATIONAL NONPROFIT GROUP THAT BRINGS VOLUNTEERS INTO SCHOOLS FOR ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING IN READING.

• AMERICA’S PROMISE (WWW.AMERICASPROMISE.ORG), THE NATIONAL NONPROFIT DEVOTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF AMERICA’S YOUTHS, HAS OPPORTUNITIES AND IDEAS FOR ADULTS OF ALL AGES TO GET INVOLVED TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE.


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