So great to see both the students from Youth off the Streets and their Elders enjoying their time together so much during the STEP.
Unfortunately, last week the YOTS students had a clash of programs, so missed their visit to Bupa Maroubra … but no fear .. with the wonders of modern technology, the hip and happening septuagenarians and octogenarians ( phew that’s a mouthful) managed to record these lovely messages for their teen buddies.
John, born in Greece in 1933, is one of the residents at Bupa Maroubra participating in STEP (Seniors and Teens Empathy Program). He is loving how polite and interesting and the teen he has been partnered with is.
” I like how intelligent she is, it’s very nice to talk to her and
I like the students learning about our lives”.
John was asked what he’d rate the ‘life conversation’ sessions he’s had so far with the teens from 1 – 10 … he gave it a 10.5!
When Judy, aged 71, was asked what she is getting out of the Seniors and Teens Empathy Program thus far she replied
” I don’t think she has heard a story like mine before… I didn’t want to see her cry, but I knew I had a heart reaction … I can touch someone else’s life”.
The students have described one of their favourite things about their sessions being that
“ We get to see that they are very much just like us”.
Everyone has a story that can touch another’s life in some way.
We just need to make the time and space to listen.