Wisdom Of Age


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The Wisdom of Age: A Staff Guide is a handbook published by MENTOR. This guide provides tips to recruit and most effectively work with the growing number of older Americans who could be volunteer mentors.

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Wisdom Of Age

  1. 1. The Wisdom of Age A Guide for Staff
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Designed to offer program staff with tools and practices to best recruit , train , and support mentors over the age of 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Andrea Taylor, Director of Youth Development and Family Support, Temple University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://templecil.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Download both parts by visiting: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mentoring.org/downloads/mentoring_1216.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mentoring.org/downloads/mentoring_1217.pdf </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Demographic trends </li></ul><ul><li>Older adults can be ideal mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying and overcoming challenges </li></ul>“ Somehow we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, a knowledge of the past and a sense of the future.” Margaret Mead
  4. 4. Why Recruit 50+ Adults as Mentors? <ul><li>Numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul>
  5. 5. Understanding Generations: The Silent Generation (1927-1945) Conformity Strict segregation Risk Adverse Post-war suburban migration Patience McCarthy Era Detail-oriented Patience Big Bands Thorough Patriotic Volunteering for war effort Provide hours of regular hours of volunteer service Delayed reward Women in in the Workforce You will be helping to instill traditional family values Loyal Respect for authority WWI Tradition is important in our organization Challenged by ambiguity and change Stable Hard work The Depression Core Messages Challenges Assets Core Values Defining Events
  6. 6. Understanding Generations: Leading Edge Boomers (1946-1955) Personal gratification “ sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll” Collaborative problem-solvers Concerns for the environment The VW Beatle and The Beatles Open-minded Work is paramount Man on the Moon “ Push the envelope” Assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK, Malcom X Let’s sit down and talk this through… Don’t respond well to criticism Hard workers Empowerment Vietnam War You can really make a difference Not as frugal as their parents Team players Team orientation Civil Rights Movement Your experience is valued Put process ahead of results Service-oriented Optimism Mickey Mouse Club Core Messages Challenges Assets Core Values Defining Events
  7. 7. Understanding Generations: Trailing Edge Boomers (1956-1964) Credit Cards Technology and daily life Advocates for environment Changes in economy/gas prices Health and wellness Iran-Contra Devoted parents, willing to promote youth-serving programs Less political involvement Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter Increasingly tech savvy “ Nothing is guaranteed” Watergate Your expertise and dedication can make a difference Pessimistic regarding ability to effect change Hardworking Pessimism End of Vietnam War Core Messages Challenges Assets Core Values Defining Events
  8. 8. Supporting Older Adults <ul><li>Different life experiences lead to different values and motivations </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptable leadership styles </li></ul><ul><li>Generational trends </li></ul>Meredith, Schewe, and Hiam, 2002
  9. 9. Supporting Older Adults: Silent Generation <ul><li>Personal relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Personal touch </li></ul><ul><li>Lines of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Respected leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Be open to assets </li></ul>
  10. 10. Supporting Older Adults: Boomer Generation <ul><li>Recognize experience and accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching vs. Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Public recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Respected leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Be open to assets </li></ul><ul><li>One-to-one relationships </li></ul>
  11. 11. Implications for Monitoring Matches <ul><li>Issue : Technology </li></ul>
  12. 12. Implications for Monitoring Matches <ul><li>Issue : Collaboration vs. Self-Reliance </li></ul>
  13. 13. Implications for Monitoring Matches <ul><li>Issue : Intergenerational values </li></ul>
  14. 14. Implications for Monitoring Matches <ul><li>Issue : Recognition </li></ul>
  15. 15. Capacity-Building Roles <ul><li>Mentors recruiting mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Co-facilitating training sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Planning program activities </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching new mentors </li></ul>
  16. 16. Implications for Mentor Training <ul><li>Importance of mentor training </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding youth culture </li></ul><ul><li>Imparting information vs. Unleashing knowledge, skills, and experience </li></ul>DuBois, et al, 2002
  17. 17. Adult Learning Principles <ul><li>Structure of Learning Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Climate </li></ul><ul><li>Focus of Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching-Learning Strategies and Media </li></ul>Stroot, S., et al., 1998
  18. 18. Orientation and Training <ul><li>Developing a training plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-Service </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Training Activities <ul><li>Several ready-made training ideas in the toolkit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generational Cohorts </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Resources <ul><li>Download both parts in their completion at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Guide for Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mentoring.org/downloads/mentoring_1216.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Handbook for Mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mentoring.org/downloads/mentoring_1217.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul>