Foster Grandparents work with children and youth
Since 1965, Foster Grandparent volunteers have shared their wisdom and experience with children and made impressions that have lasted a lifetime. Every day in communities across Minnesota, Foster Grandparents positively impact the lives of children and youth while also improving their own quality of life.
Foster Grandparents serve youth in a wide variety of settings including public and private schools, Head Starts, shelters, day care centers and correctional institutions. From striving to prepare children for success in elementary school to mentoring incarcerated teenagers, Foster Grandparent volunteers make a difference in the lives of those they serve.
Utilizing the time, talents and compassion of retiree volunteers to help mentor youth has proven to be an effective model. Volunteers play a significant role in increasing one-on-one attention to at-risk and struggling children and providing the much needed attention for helping children’s self-esteem and success. Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors and friends whom children and youth come to depend on and who can change their lives for the better.
To qualify as a volunteer:
- You must be 55 years or better and in good general health
- Have compassion, patience, flexibility and respect for children and others
- Work well with diverse individuals and families
- Have dependable transportation available
- A non-taxable stipend of $2.65 per hour (minimum of 15 hours of service per week to qualify)
- Transportation reimbursement to and from your service site
- On-going training opportunities
- Accident and liability insurance while volunteering
- Possible daily lunch on site
- Meeting new people, learning new things and having the satisfaction of helping others
For more information on being a Foster Grandparent in your community, please contact the Foster Grandparent coordinator in your area or complete a Foster Grandparent application form and we will contact you.
Foster Grandparent Application
Foster Grandparent Program is a part of the national Senior Corps of the Corporation for National and Community Service.