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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 22, 2018 02:27 PM
From: Representative Jared G. Solomon and Rep. Steve Samuelson
To: All House members
Subject: Older Adult MVP - Mentor Volunteer Program
In the near future, we will be introducing legislation to establish a new Older Adult Mentor Volunteer Program (MVP) to better enable retired older Pennsylvanians to assist middle and high-school students.

Specifically, the legislation establishes a certified list of retired volunteers who would be willing to share their life-lessons, experience and hobbies with junior and high school students interested in enhancing their knowledge and skill sets. Older adults wishing to participate would be required to undergo criminal background checks and any other necessary requirements put forth by their school district.

The ability to have one list of vetted volunteers shared among our Commonwealth’s school districts will allow for an easier, simpler, and more cohesive manner in which to pair a volunteer with a student. By also utilizing existing programs, this list could provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for any older adult wishing to participate or guidance counselor looking to help a student learn more about a specific topic, trade or hobby of interest.

The list is meant to be unlimited in nature; encompassing a host of interests and lessons such as:
  • Conversation in a foreign language;
  • Discussing a specific trade such as wood working, plumbing, etc.
  • Learning more about a career path, i.e. spending time with a retired doctor to learn about the medical field, a journalist to learn about the media, an artist to learn about a career in the arts;
  • Learning a new hobby such as knitting, gardening, playing a musical instrument, etc.; or
  • Firsthand information about a historical event from a veteran or a nurse.
We believe in giving older adults a chance to share their knowledge with young people, but this program would also give teenagers an opportunity to interact with someone of a different generation.

We hope you join us in supporting this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB2065