How might we inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship?

The global landscape of what it means to grow older is changing. We are living longer than ever before and are beginning to think differently about aging. Multiple generations of people over 50 are discovering new ways to thrive in their later years through opportunities like encore careers, becoming a student again or simply diving into our highly digital world. Together with AARP Foundation and Mentor Up – we’re asking the global OpenIDEO community to learn about and design ways for youth age 15-24 to harness their talents, know-how and energies to amplify this positive shift in aging and make a difference in the lives of older adults. What role might these young people play helping older adults connect to community? What contribution could young people bring to people aged 50+ looking to re-enter the workforce? What tools, programs, incentives or campaigns might empower young people to see themselves as mentors, capable of positively enhancing the lives of older adults?

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