Sages and Seekers
Developing Empathy through the Power of Conversation
Sages & Seekers is a free 8-week intergenerational program designed to bring together teens and adults aged 55 or older to share their unique gifts. Older adults have a vital and important role; they are the keepers of the memories and the wisdom. You, our Elders, have so much to offer the world; your maturity and experience allows for a larger perspective of life from which the younger generations can learn.
The goal of this program is to pair you with a local Delaware Hayes High School teen with whom you will meet once a week, during school hours, to share your life experiences. Past participants rave about the program!!!
“My experience with the program has been fulfilling and clearly rewarding. I have met a stranger who open my eyes.” ~~ Sage, Fall 2019
“I learned that someone 40 or so years older than you can be a good friend and they have more knowledge to help guide you through issues.” ~~ Seeker, Fall 2019
Your commitment involves 8 (weekly) meetings beginning Wednesday, January 29, 2020 and running through Wednesday, March 18th. Arrival time for Sages is 9:45 am and the program will conclude at 10:45 am each week. This program will be part of the high school curriculum for a Current Events/Social Studies class.
Each week starts with an icebreaker to facilitate the conversations, so there is no pressure. All you need to do is share who you are, and your Seeker will weave your conversations into an essay honoring you.
Many students say that they like having a real conversation with someone! Sages report feeling more connected to their community. The presentations on the final week are a celebration. The Seekers will read the essays they have written about you and the experience. You are encouraged to bring guests to the Presentation, to share your experience.
Meeting Dates & Time
Weekly meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 9:45-10:45 am beginning January 29, 2020 and continuing through Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Sages arrive at 9:45 am and students arrive at 10:00 am. If Delaware City Schools are cancelled, there will be no program that day. If Delaware City Schools are on a 2-hour delay, Sages should arrive at 10:55 and the program will conclude at 11:40 am. There is a possibility of extending the program by one week, through March 25, if there is a school cancellation due to weather.
It is very important that you attend each meeting as they build upon each other.
Sages must be aged 55 or older to participate. Background check required at no cost to the participant.
Register to participate as a Sage.
Honoring Elders. Empowering Teens. Building Community.