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Opportunities for Volunteers 65+

Are you interested in sharing your wisdom and some laughs with a diverse group of DOROT teens? If so, Intergenerational Programming is the place for you!

During this time, young people are especially hungry for opportunities to connect and build community. By joining us for intergenerational virtual programs, you can make a difference at a challenging time of isolation for people of all ages. You will make connections with a diverse group of high school students who are excited to get to know you.

We are currently seeking volunteers 65+ for Fall 2021 remote programs which will begin in October. Our programs require a commitment to a weekly meeting that last from October through December. No workshops on November 24 & 25. Each workshop welcomes about ten teens and ten 65+ volunteers.

Please note: All intergenerational programs this fall are virtual. If you have any questions about our programs or how to register, please reach out to

All new participants will be invited to attend an orientation.

Intergenerational Workshop Options:


Virtual Conversations

Weekly Conversation, Monday-Thursday, 4 PM – 6 PM , October 19-December 22

Virtual Conversation are 45 - 60 min, once a week between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Have a weekly Zoom or telephone conversation with two DOROT teen volunteers on your preferred day of the week. Bridge the generational gap through conversations, exploration of common interests, and mutual curiosity.

Click here to share your availability: Virtual Conversation Sign-Up


Intergenerational Chess

Mondays, October 18-December 20, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Strengthen your skills and make a friend across the chess board! DOROT’s Intergenerational After School Chess program fosters a setting where wisdom and curiosity meet face-to-face, building mutually beneficial relationships in the process. Once a week during the academic year (in both our Manhattan and Westchester locations), students in grades 6-12 and older adults teach and learn chess from one another. The program enables all participants to play chess, share stories and create meaningful intergenerational connections.

Click here to register and receive the link: Chess


Comedic Improvisation

Tuesdays, October 12-December 21, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Learn the basics of Comedic Improvisation and play together! Teens and older adults dive into what makes a sketch funny, create joyous moments with partners, discover the “game” of a scene, and develop listening skills.

This workshop is currently full, please email us at to learn about other opportunities.


Discussion Group

Tuesdays, October 12-December 21, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

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.

This workshop is currently full, please email us at to learn about other opportunities.


Creative Conversations About Breaking Down Bias

Wednesdays, October 13-December 22, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

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 interrogate 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.

This workshop is currently full, please email us at to learn about other opportunities.


Brain Games

Wednesdays, October 13-December 22, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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

This workshop is currently full, please email us at to learn about other opportunities.


Art Workshop

Thursdays, October 14-December 16, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

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, we will have fun and get to know each other. No art experience is necessary. All materials provided to participants by mail.

Click here to register and receive the link: Art Workshop


Book Group

Thursdays, October 14-December 16, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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

Click here to register and receive the link: Book Group