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Fall Teen Internship Program

Make a difference in the lives of seniors as a DOROT Teen Intern!

Each school year DOROT welcomes approximately 100 high school students in ninth through twelfth grades to receive high-quality training and leadership development while volunteering in small groups. This is a unique opportunity for ongoing community service that meaningfully connects teens with older adults one afternoon per week through friendly phone calls, intergenerational workshops and creative arts programming.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 DOROT Fall Teen Internship Program will operate as a virtual program only. Join us by Zoom or telephone without the need to travel farther than your own home.

There is NO CHARGE for participation in DOROT’s Teen Internship Programs.

Age: High school students. 

Time Commitment: Interns volunteer one afternoon per week, Monday through Thursday. Each activity has a unique start date and time commitment – please read activity descriptions below. All activities conclude on or before the week of 12/20/2021.

Requirements: Application and group interview on Zoom. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through 10/01/2021. If available spots fill before the deadline, applications will close.

All internships start the week of October 11th and go through the week of December 20th.


Fall Internship Program Options:

Virtual Conversations

Visit with a DOROT adult once each week after school via Zoom or telephone. You will be matched with a Teen Intern partner and an older adult for an experience that will make a difference in their lives and yours. Bridge the generational gap through conversations, exploration of common interests, and mutual curiosity.

Days: Monday-Thursday (you choose)

Dates: October 12-December 22

Time: 4:00-5:30

All interns will convene on Zoom at 4:00PM as a group with a DOROT staff member before the call. Your phone call/Zoom call with the older adult and Teen Intern partner will be scheduled from 4:30-5:30PM and will last for 30-60 minutes. You will attend an orientation before your first conversation.

Discussion Group

Teen interns and older adults come together each week for a series of meaningful intergenerational conversations. This group provides a structure for all participants to exchange ideas, opinions, and personal stories to learn from one another and create connections. Each week the group selects the topic. Teens then work together in pairs to plan the session, and lead each weekly discussion with support from DOROT staff.

Dates: Tuesdays, October 12-December 21

Time: 4:30-6:30

Comedic Improvisation

Learn the basics of Comedic Improvisation and play together! Dive into what makes sketches funny, create joyous moments with partners, discover the "game" of a scene and develop your listening skills.

Dates: Tuesdays, October 12-December 21

Time: 4:30-5:30

Brain Games

Teens and older adults meet weekly via Zoom for a lively and fun session of intergenerational gameplay! We will have an assortment of board, puzzle, card, and brain games each week, ranging from Jeopardy to Scattergories to Scrabble and more. Participant suggestions for possible games are welcome.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 13-December 22

Time: 4:30-5:30

Creative Conversations about Breaking Down Bias

The way we relate to our world and the humans in it is constantly shifting. We’ve learned that our personal and communal identities are interconnected, and our experiences cannot be fully disconnected from our race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. In this workshop series, we will question our understanding of bias through collaborative activities, personal storytelling, and group discussion. In this space, we will work together to envision a just and equitable world.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 13-December 22

Time: 4:30-6:00

Book Club

Join us for an intergenerational experience to exchange ideas and perspectives through your shared love of reading. Teen interns and older adults meet weekly via Zoom to discuss a series of topical short stories and readings containing intergenerational themes. Participant suggestions for both genres and specific stories are welcome!

Dates: Thursdays, October 14-December 16

Time: 4:15-5:30

Art Workshop

This workshop brings together a group of teens and older adults each week to explore art as a powerful tool to build community and connection. We will create, explore, try new things and share our experiences using a variety of artistic mediums and techniques. By looking at different art forms and creating projects together on Zoom, we will have fun and get to know each other. No art experience is necessary. All materials provided.

Dates: Thursdays, October 14-December 16

Time: 5:00-6:15

Apply HERE for the Fall Teen Internship Program


Intergenerational After School Chess – A Virtual Program

Make a difference in the lives of older New Yorkers. Strengthen your skills and make a friend across the chess board!

Once a week during the academic year (in both our Manhattan and Westchester locations), students in grades 6-12 and older adults play chess together. The program enables all participants to play chess, share stories and create meaningful intergenerational connections.

Ages: Youth in grades 6-12 and Adults 65+

Time Commitment: Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm. October 18-December 20.

Requirements: Application and Zoom group interview

Apply HERE for the Fall Intergenerational Chess Program

Intergenerational Chess at DOROT is sponsored by the Targoff family and friends.

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