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Stand up for National Service
The future of national service has never been more uncertain due to federal budget cuts that could eliminate AmeriCorps and Senior Corps presence in many of our communities. Stand with us, and learn how you can help.
Find thousands of age-friendly opportunities at youth-serving organizations around the country!
Creating a Second Act for Seniors to Help Youth Thrive Through Mentorship
Watch Cynthia’s story, about the power of teaching by example
Get Involved As a Mentor
Mentors help young people realize their potential through caring relationships that nurture success.
Yet one in three young people will grow up without a mentor in their lives.
Experienced adults bring unique gifts — the appetite to serve and the aptitude to connect — that profoundly enrich young and older generations’ lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), in cities across the country. BBBS agencies support the Big, Little, and their family through the lifetime of the match.
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership connects you to hundreds of quality mentoring opportunities in locations across the country through their national database — all you need is your zip code!
Strive is a free online community where aspiring college students connect with dedicated mentors to receive one-on-one guidance and support through the college admissions and financial aid application process.
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