Elder Mentor Program

RurAL CAP’s Elder Mentor Program, nationally known as AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program, has over 85 volunteers serving in schools throughout the state of Alaska. Elder Mentors are low-income individuals age 55 and older who support the improvement of academic engagement and school readiness in children. Eligible Elders receive a small stipend for their service.

Our Elder Mentor volunteers aide children in need (economically disadvantaged and/or living with special or exceptional needs) at public schools, Head Starts, and early learning centers. Volunteers help children prepare for a successful school career that results in graduation, ultimately equipping them to achieve positive outcomes in life.

This program positively impacts the children, Elders, and teachers involved. Children benefit from individualized tutoring while Elders stay active, spread cultural values, and share knowledge with future generations. As a result, teachers gain valuable classroom support and increased student engagement.

AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation's most pressing challenges. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of AmeriCorps.