How Intergenerational Programs Benefit All Ages

Father and son sitting on a bench in a park surrounded by greenery.
Father mentoring and giving advice to a younger man.

Starting fall 2021, Mentor North and Duluth Aging Support will partner to create an intergenerational program called Mutual Mentoring. The goal of the program is to create a mutually beneficial and supportive relationship between young adults and older adults in the Duluth community. 

Mutual Mentoring offers many benefits both to participants and to the community. It provides the opportunity for different generations to see things from a new perspective, gain relational skills, and build valuable relationships. These intergenerational connections can also help build a stronger community by promoting inclusivity, reducing stereotypes, and fighting ageism. 

In this first year, a group of students at The College of St. Scholastica will participate as younger adult mentors, but we’re currently looking for older adult mentors. So, if you’re interested or know someone who may be, check out the list of requirements below. 

Eligibility Requirements for Older Adults:

  1. Be 65+ years of age, and reside in Duluth, MN
  2. Complete all screening and orientation requirements
    1. Written Application
    2. Screening Interview
    3. A reference/referral
    4. Criminal Background Check
    5. Completion of New Mentor Orientation
  3. Be available to spend 4-6 hrs/month (split into weekly consistent expectations) with your Younger Adult Mentor from Sept 2021-May 2022

If you’re looking to engage in conversation and share your interests with a person from a different generation, Mutual Mentoring might be a great fit for you. For more information about the program or how to participate, please visit Mentor North’s website or email with questions.