Mentor program helps local high school students prepare for adulthood
The WYSE Program: Wisdom for Youth from Senior Experience
BRYAN, Texas-Twelve high school students met their senior mentors for the first time at a kick-off event for the 2016 WYSE Program at Crestview Retirement Community on Sept. 11. The 10-week intergenerational mentoring outreach effort by residents of Crestview connects senior wisdom and experience with high school students who are just entering adulthood. Participants collaborate on lessons that progress from learning each other's life stories to learning valuable life skills such as money management, drug and alcohol use and charting a course for life. They also explore youth/age stereotypes and even tackle lessons on technology, where students often turn the tables and become the mentor. For senior mentors, the WYSE program is an opportunity to make a direct and tangible difference in a young person's life. This year, students come from six area high schools and all participants obtain valuation community service credits. This year marks the ninth semester that Crestview has offered the WYSE program.