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Intergenerational Tutor Training/Employment

Flint Community Schools

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Revitalizing the Education Continuum
  • Grant Amount $216,608
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–June 30, 2005
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

The Flint Community Schools (FCS) created the Intergenerational Tutor Program in 1997 to tap the mentoring capacity of older citizens to improve the literacy skills of children in the first through third grades. The program was one of several Senior Community Service Employment Program models funded nationally through Title V of the Older Americans Act. As these seniors rotate off the federal payroll, there is a need to maintain aides to sustain the program.Funding will enable FCS to employ 30 senior aides for 20 hours a week, including recruiting and training, through the 2003-2004 school year. Senior aides are assigned to Flint elementary schools and work under the supervision of a reading specialist, assisting up to seven students a week. Lesson plans are customized for each student. The project will improve the quality of life for older citizens and the students they assist.FCS is the fourth largest district in Michigan and serves approximately 23,000 students in 47 schools.