University starting program for youth to assist older adults
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — What happens when you combine healthy aging and youth empowerment? The University of New Hampshire is hoping to find out.
The university’s Carsey School of Public Policy has a grant to develop a new AmeriCorps program for recent high school graduates to help older adults. Participants who volunteer for one to two years will get reduced tuition at any public New Hampshire college or university.
The goal is to help older adults stay in their homes longer, while also encouraging young people to stay in the state for college. Officials say they hope it will also address the lack of connection between youth and the older population.
The university is hosting a series of meetings around the state to develop the project. The next meeting is Dec. 17.