Started by the amazing Carolyn Malkin,
Girlfriends is a program that brings high school girls and senior women together in the town of Westport, CT. It is a collaboration of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, the Dept. of Human Services, and Staples High School. A pair of Staples HS girls (sophmores and juniors), visit a senior “girlfriend” at home once a week. Sometimes when they visit they’ll just talk, have a cup of tea together, or show the senior how to do something on their computer or iPad or phone.
For the teenagers, it’s a great opportunity to earn community service hours and make new senior friends. For the women, it is a great opportunity to act as a mentor and get to know some of the young people in our town. The senior women can be wonderful mentors for the girls — sharing with them what life was like when they were teenagers and also offering nuggets of wisdom and advice that only a grandmother can ; )