During the holiday season, the Engage Men’s Group participated in a flurry of activities. Here’s a sampling:
Tech Soup - Through this project, Engage volunteers help seniors learn to better use their cell phones, tablets, and computers. Created by five members of the Men's Group who have professional backgrounds ranging from geriatric medicine to engineering, Tech Soup has a collaborative teaching model that works by enabling both coaches and clients to learn from each other. It is expanding in January, and will be offering sessions at the National Council of Jewish Women's Council House.
Tech Soup is currently recruiting additional volunteers for the project. Here’s an incentive to volunteer: A a recent Tech Soup session, a woman learned how to communicate on Facetime with her grandchildren in Israel, and everyone there was in tears. Please contact Engage volunteer Barry Elkins at email@example.com for more information.
iMentor – This project matches high school students in Brooklyn and the Bronx with volunteer mentors for three or four years. The volunteers encourage the students to visualize college as a real possibility, and coach them in the college admissions process. Participants meet online once a week and onsite at students' schools once a month. iMentor is currently looking for men and women who want to make a difference. Please contact Engage volunteer Barry Langer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Engage Boosters at The Ittelson Center - The Henry Ittleson Center, run by the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, is a home for troubled youth ages 8–12, many of whom live there full time due to difficult home situations. Engage volunteers play sports with these kids once every six weeks. They have also established a letter-writing campaign, facilitated by Ittleson staff, emailing letters to the children in between volunteering sessions, which has created strong connections and been a heartwarming highlight of the program. Please contact Engage volunteer Barry Langer at email@example.com for more information.
And finally, what do these guys do for fun? On December 12, Engage Men's Group members went to the Stand Up New York comedy club for laughs, having dinner together beforehand. (Did anyone venture onstage? Probably not!)