We at DCTMI spend a good deal of time thinking about how to engage different demographic groups in our work to get a tutor or mentor for the 60,000+ students in DC who need extra help. In neighborhoods like Columbia Heights and NoMa, most people who sign up with us are in their 20s and 30s, but we also believe we can do much more to engage active retirees and older people who often have more time and more financial security than younger adults and whose life experiences have given them with an extra measure of generosity, patience and wisdom that young people need. This short article — https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/opinion/college-football-masculinty.html — by columnist David Brooks in the NY Times about two older Americans he met in Shreveport, Louisiana, captures some of the potential for engaging older Americans.
DCTMI is also a proud partner of the Generation to Generation campaign (http://generationtogeneration
.org), a national effort of Encore.org to inspire adults over 50 to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth.