Generational Jump

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Generational Jump is Meals on Wheels’ teen volunteer initiative. The program is designed to fulfill a student’s need for community service hours, while, at the same time, engaging them in hunger and malnutrition issues that plague the senior and disabled homebound community. Generational Jump classes are offered for both the fall and spring school semesters. In addition to community service, “Jumpers” have the opportunity to apply for a $500 scholarship.

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In January 2015, Meals on Wheels kicks off its inaugural “Generational Jump” class. The class is designed to provide volunteer opportunities for middle and high school students in an effort to promote a lifetime of service.

According to Service Leader.org, children who volunteer between the ages of 11-18 are more likely to volunteer as adults. A study titled “The Troubled Journey” by Benson & Roehlkepartain found the best predictor of adult volunteer involvement was their experiences in volunteering as an adolescent. According to the survey, “Early volunteering experiences empower and create a lasting influence well into adulthood.” Additionally, the study states that kids who volunteer are less likely to engage in “at risk” behavior.

The Generational Jump class allows kids to see the inner working of Meals on Wheels and the impact our organization has on hunger and malnutrition among Indianapolis senior and disabled population. To successfully complete the program, students must participate in two route deliveries, two proxy shopper deliveries for a low-income client and one client interview. “Jumpers” also have the opportunity to write a MOW youth blog, host a food drive for our senior-friendly food pantry and enter an essay contest for the chance to win a college scholarship.

Program registration is open now and runs through 2016. The Generational Jump kick off meeting will be held in February at The Sol Center and participants can complete the requirements on their own time frame during 2016. Meals on Wheels will host graduation ceremonies in May and December for those who have successfully completed the program.

The Generational Jump program is provided by a grant from The Glick Fund a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

To enroll your child, call our office at 317.252.5558 or email info@mealsonwheelsindy.org for a registration form.

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