I began in the classroom and migrated to the organization's front office. In doing so I truly believe that I found my niche. I see and now understand the ENTIRE mission of Generations Incorporated! The day to day operations plus interactions with staff and volunteers is sooooooooo rewarding. So blessed to be a part of this family...
I began my volunteering with classroom literacy and it took me back to my days of Early Childhood Education teaching. I then took a detour from the classroom to the inner office of Generations Incorporated and have found my niche...I am so so so happy and impressed with the day to day operations of the business as well as assisting our many volunteers in the field. Our volunteers do such an awesome job and I so look forward to chatting with and seeing them upon their occasional office call and or visit. I hear about the daily encounters with the children and am a witness to the data collection[s] and I can honestly tell you that what Generations Incorporated, our volunteers and office staff do on a daily basis is working in the lives of numerous children and the adult volunteers as well. I believe that Generations Incorporated's success rate is related to the strong support system for all involved.
I am a recent retiree (2015) who was looking for a rewarding experience outside of the regular 9 to 5 at an office. I found it when I looked into literacy volunteering with Generations Inc. I have been volunteering since the beginning of the school year at the P.A. Shaw Elementary school in Dorchester, MA. Because I am not a parent, I was a little apprehensive at first as to how I would interact with children on a regular basis. I am currently tutoring and mentoring a class of first graders. It has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Seeing the improvement in their reading skills over time is remarkable and getting occasional hugs from them is the icing on the cake.
An absolutely amazing organization and group of people. They all possess a passionate dedication to literacy!
I've always believed reading is the key to success in life. It has been so rewarding to work with young people. Generations, Inc. provides excellent training, and I learn so much from the children and their teachers. I'm in a new school this year, but it turns out that some of my former students are there now too. I love walking down the hall and hearing them call out "Hi,
A great organization with the right ingredients to enhance students' appetite for learning.
I joined as a Generations Inc. volunteer in the literacy program a few years ago and it made a wonderful difference in my life. I have found that we can make a difference in a child's life which could greatly impact in their future, but the impact on our lives is also greatly beneficial. We all have issues in our lives which can cause sadness, and even in some cases, depression. When we come into the school and see the smiling faces of the students who show great appreciation to us for just being there to help them, makes us forget our troubles. I am now a Site Team Leader at a low income and diversified school with a enormous need for help with literacy. The volunteers that I have are so happy to be there. One of my volunteers recently said, "My daughter said that she wished that you got me involved in this years ago, because she hasn't seen me so smile so much since her father died." So this program is a very positive experience for the children as well as the seniors.
In 2014/2015 I was a tutor at the Whelan School in Revere and very much enjoyed working with the children in kindergarden. In 2015/16 I was a tutor and Assistant Site Team Leader and also enjoyed working with the children in first grade and helping the tutors with the online trackers. In 2016/17 I am the Site Team Leader at the Hill School in Revere. Being a tutor first really made me appreciate the work the tutors do. As the Site Team Leader, I am helping to keep the program running at the Hill School. It is a very rewarding position. I am living a more satisfying life by being involved in the Generations Program. I feel needed and involved with other seniors in my community. Whenever I need help there is always someone to help with any of my questions. It is a wonderful program!!
They call me Josie. This is my third year as Site Team Leader at my school. In this position, I am able to utilize my skill set. With my Extraordinary Volunteers, we bring wisdom, life experience and education achievements of our own. We strive daily and are committed to bringing the children to benchmarks in literacy. We also bring empathy because we know the many problems and challenges the children present. It is my pleasure to serve Generations, Inc.
The success of Generations Incorporated's program is rooted in three principles -- the power of intergenerational mentorship, the importance of high-quality literacy tutoring, and the capabilities of older adults as leaders in their communities. What an amazing organization!