We are connecting older adults and youth to foster meaningful relationships and help us all feel more connected to one another.
Started by students at MIT and Wellesley College, The Connected Foundation partners youth with seniors to combat social isolation, improve communities, and enrich the lives of youth. These connections quickly evolve into life-long friendships; the younger residents learn from their fellow seniors and their experiences during a walk in the park, grocery shopping, a bus ride around the city, a shared hobby, or even sharing a meal together! During the COVID-19 pandemic, all our services are offered remotely.
Compassion, Wisdom, and Kindness
It only takes a few minutes to connect with a senior. We provide the network. Accessing it is a click away!
EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES
Youth design short, virtual classes and engaging online activities based on senior interest. Our goal is to provide seniors with an engaging and exciting learning experience and provide youth with a learning by teaching opportunity. It is never too late to learn a new skill and expand our empathy for one another.
This pandemic has been isolating for all of us. Receiving a nice message or care package in the mail from a friend can brighten your day!
As we navigate digital socializing, phone and video calls are becoming more and more important. Meet someone new by calling them and getting to know their life story! A little compassion goes a long way.
We are currently building partnerships with community-based organizations and healthcare providers to develop videos with health and wellness information and improve quality of life during the pandemic. Additionally, we plan on developing training resources for young residents to help their senior buddies access Medicare/Medicaid health plans.