Elder Mentor Program

Rural Community Action Program’s (RurAL CAP’s) Elder Mentor Program, nationally known as the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program, has over 65 volunteers serving in schools throughout the state of Alaska. Elder Mentor volunteers are low-income individuals age 55 and older. They support the improvement of academic engagement and school readiness in children through in-school mentoring and the sharing of cultural values.

Our Elder Mentor volunteers serve children in public schools, Head Starts, and early learning centers. Volunteers help children, including those who are economically disadvantaged and/or living with special needs, prepare for a successful school career that results in graduation.

This program positively impacts the children, Elders, and teachers involved. Children benefit from individualized tutoring and mentoring while Elders stay active and share knowledge with future generations. As a result, teachers gain valuable classroom support and increased student engagement.