About LinkAges Programs
Through the LINKages school-based programs, student volunteers from junior and senior high schools visit with senior mentors at the seniors’ residences through the school year. These programs are designed to foster friendship and learning between generations through shared activities, fun and conversation.
As a result of being connected to seniors, youths enhance their leadership, citizenship and interpersonal skills; learn about heritage, history and traditions and experience inclusion and engagement in their community. Many become life-long volunteers. Senior volunteers enjoy the energy and enthusiasm their young friends bring and feel valued through their contribution to a young person’s life. Through their involvement with the students, seniors feel more connected to the wider community, gain a sense of purpose, and general improvement in well-being. In the end, both generations will experience a positive paradigm shift of attitudes and beliefs towards each other.