AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is an intergenerational program established in 1965 that engages volunteers aged 55 and older in national service. Volunteers provide one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, and social-emotional support to children with exceptional needs or who have academic, social, or financial disadvantages. They serve an average of 20 hours per week in schools, early education centers, hospitals, juvenile correctional institutions, or childcare centers.
Volunteer activities include tutoring children in areas where they need additional support or social-emotional development and teaching parenting skills to new parents. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers commit to an ongoing relationship with the children serving for an academic year or longer.
AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) of Mobile County recently announced they’re recruiting adults 55 years or older to serve as mentors and tutors. FGP is a federally funded project that empowers adults aged 55 or older to contribute to their communities through volunteer service.
Volunteers focus on school readiness and K-12 education as they assist children and youth with exceptional needs or multiple disabilities and those enrolled in after-school programs. Volunteers are hands-on to help with literacy, basic math, positive conversation, and recreational activities. They also provide appropriate behavior and social development guidance by sharing their wisdom, patience, and skills.
“Foster Grandparents gain a sense of purpose and accomplishment while giving back to the children they serve, says Toni Robinson, FGP director. “The special child-grandparent relationship helps children feel secure, gain self-confidence and enjoy learning.”
Program benefits include:
• Volunteers are eligible to receive a bi-weekly stipend (non-taxed).
• Transportation and meal cost reimbursement during programming.
• Enhanced social engagement with community partners, students, and other program participants.
• Increased health benefits associated with having a sense of community involvement.
• Access to continuous training and professional development.
BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIRED