About Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP)
STEP is an intergenerational volunteer program where teens and elders bridge the generations through the art of inspired conversation.
When we get together we choose the art of conversation to get to know each other better. Elders share their wisdom and teens show their current know how. Together we learn with each other. Participants report more happiness and less physical pain when participating in STEP.
Intergenerational relationships break down the barriers and myths we may have about the "other" generations. It helps each person open up their point of view. The individual grows, the community grows, and the ripple continues.
Together we have facilitated a MLK Jr Day project in Seattle, walks to raise money for Alzheimer's research, and facilitated trainings for people who are going to work with seniors. STEP was given the Outstanding Community Caregiver of the Year award by Senior Action Network in October of 2015.
"Our bodies may be old, but our spirit is not. There is a little kid in all of us. When I am around the teens, the little kid comes out again." -Betty, age 92
"I love just coming and talking with my elder friends. Hearing the stories of their lives makes my day. I plan on doing this for a long time." -Mak, teen
STEP usually meets the third Saturday of each month from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at the Olympia Senior Center. For a STEP brochure, please click here. A schedule of our upcoming meeting times and locations is located here. STEP is FREE to all who attend. We look forward to meeting you and having you join our group!
This group grew out of STEP and is for adult women only. Like STEP it provides meaningful interaction between women of all ages, allowing space for dialog on important issues pertaining to women and to learn about each other.
STEP TWO meets the first Sunday of the month, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, at the DoubleTree, 415 Capitol Way N, Olympia. Please call or check website in case of schedule changes.
Please join us to continue the valuable conversations and friendship!
How to Join STEP!
The easiest way to join is to contact Linda Terry, STEP Director, at 360.586.6181, ext. 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teens will need to fill out a volunteer application and parental permission form with Senior Services for South Sound. This can be found online here or you can contact Molly Noble at 360.586.6181, ext. 131 or email@example.com.
Seniors joining in the program will need to sign a code of conduct form as part of the program, you DO NOT need to be a member of Senior Services for South Sound to join.