Life's Lessons Learned and Shared

Established to promote inter-generational learning through shared experiences, the WYSE program bonds the hearts of retirement community residents and local High School students.

The student participants learn the value of a mentor relationship, gain helpful personal direction and witness first-hand the value of planning for retirement. The residents are inspired, engaged, and acquire an even broader sense of belonging to their local community. The relationships built and lessons learned between our WYSE participants are sure to carry far beyond this program.

WYSE Incorporates High Academic Standards

  • Students in the participating high schools go through a selective application process
  • Commit to fulfilling 10 volunteer hours
  • Receive up to 15 hours of community service to use toward college applications

The student protégé and senior mentor are paired based on career interests and other lifestyle factors. They meet and interview each other with carefully constructed lesson plans over the course of 10 weeks.

Words to live by

At the end of each 10-week session, the pairs will identify meaningful "pearls of knowledge" which were uncovered during their time together. These "words to live by" will be etched into a paver that will form the steps of a permanent "Walk of WYSE-dom" at their supporting MRC Community.

The WYSE program has a tremendous positive effect on the senior mentors, all of whom look forward to visits from their new youthful friends. As well, student participants report positive experiences, gaining "pearls of knowledge" that will last a lifetime.

For more detailed information or to order WYSE Materials, call 281-210-0133 or email

View the WYSE Program Booklet