When kūpuna and keiki interact, both generations benefit. Although these interactions are more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology offers an opportunity to connect virtually.
Purpose Pals is a virtual, intergenerational program led by Christy Nishita and Colby Takeda, in collaboration with Age-Friendly Honolulu, Hawaii Afterschool Alliance and Blue Zones Project Hawaii. Purpose Pals matches adults (50 and over) and youth (high school through college age) based on their interests, and fosters regular communication using Big & Mini, a web-based video conferencing platform. The program provides themed conversation starters and online activities to ensure pals have enriching conversations.
With funding from an AARP Community Challenge Grant, and in partnership with Big & Mini, Purpose Pals will be offered for free to schools, youth groups, senior clubs and senior living facilities. If technology support is needed, training will be provided.
Purpose Pals will lessen the challenges of social distancing while building a more age-friendly community. If you are interested in being a pal, or want to bring Purpose Pals to your group, contact Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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