Our Mission

Fostering intergenerational connections through the exchange of experience

Who We Are

Youth x Senior Buddies is a project seeking to revive personalized, profound interaction between two seemingly polarized groups in society: young adolescents and senior citizens. In the face of a global crisis, we must force ourselves to confront and rethink our approaches to the behaviors we have normalized; we must embrace the endless ways in which we can positively impact and stand with the communities around us - and actively work towards implementing them. Through YSB, we aim to mitigate the vulnerability often experienced by the senior community (and heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic) by reducing the notion of isolation and elucidating the concept of aging to younger individuals.

How We Do It

YSB employs video conferencing services to collaborate with senior care centers in organizing virtual sessions where volunteers are able to engage in friendly interaction with the residents. These sessions will be personalized based on the availability and interests of both the volunteers and residents to maximize the quality of the experience, and will foster a healthy environment for personal development and growth.

Our Unique Approach

Instead of pairing one volunteer with one senior, we match small groups of volunteers with small groups of senior citizens. We believe such mini group settings facilitate the exchange of more diverse perspectives and allow volunteers and seniors from different cities and states to interact with each other. We are also expanding to have seniors from different centers virtually mingle with one another.

Our Services

We encourage you to sign up to be a volunteer or register your senior care center if any of these appeal to you!

Topic-Based Discussions

We collaborate with our volunteers and senior residents to select preferred topics of interest, such as current affairs or Ted Talks, and train our volunteers to hold strong conversation with the residents to improve communication skills and foster lasting connections.

Music/Instrument Showcases

Volunteers with a passion for music can sing, play, and showcase their talent during sessions and engage the residents in a lively experience. Music is known for its positive and calming impact on the mind.

Arts/Crafts and Projects

We will be participating in community art projects such as themed decorating/painting of the care center windows as requested, as well as engaging in crafts such as origami during the video sessions.

Yoga

Volunteers can guide the seniors in virtual chair yoga sessions and meditation.

Poetry

Volunteers and seniors can select a poem they find meaningful and read and discuss it.

Online Games

Volunteers and seniors can play online games like trivia, pictionary, hangman, solving puzzles, and many more.

Our Partners

Executive Team

Shrinandan Narayanan

Co Founder

Outreach Lead & Web Developer

Shrinandan is a junior at Cupertino High School. In his free time, he enjoys playing competitive volleyball, programming, and baking his favorite desserts.

Sriya Kudaravalli

Co Founder

Symposium & Advocacy Lead

Sriya is a junior at Rice University studying Public Health and Biochemistry. In her free time, she loves to talk and play board games with her grandparents, garden, and white-water raft.

Sindhuja Narayanan

Co Founder

Education & Graphic Design Lead

Sindhu is a sophomore at the University of Washington studying Medical Anthropology and Global Health. She enjoys exploring the scenic outdoors, playing basketball, and whipping up new recipes.

Sahith Kudaravalli

Co Founder

Sahith is a high school senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory. Sahith is a natural gourmet chef and enjoys making good food. Come a sunny day, Sahith will be out biking with his friends.

Leadership

Harshal Panda

Outreach

Sargun Dhillon

Outreach

Khushi Kanchibotla

Outreach

Maya Lee

Outreach

Aiden Olsen

Education

Shreya Senthil

Education

Katherine Cordova

Education

Anika Ajwani

Symposium & Advocacy

Evelien van Gelderen

Symposium & Advocacy

Vibha Sathish Kumar

Symposium & Advocacy

Iona Xia

Graphic Design

Raashi Sachdeva

Graphic Design

Volunteers

Harshal Panda

Evelien van Gelderen

Katherine Cordova

Sudeepthi Ravipati

Sofia Ruiz

Paige Weldon

Lillian Baker

Xiaonan Ma

Maya Lee

Mays Abdulsatar

Iona Xia

Sargun Dhillon

Zamara Chisti

Alyssa Indrajaya

Faiza Awan

Shreya Senthil

Miles Qvale

Priyanka Francis

Tiffany Neher

Mehul Sharma

Aiden Olsen

Max Qvale

Madison Ferraro

Khushi Kanchibotla

Pavani Naidu

Stefano Schiattone

Raashi Sachdeva

Isha Sharma

Samantha George

Karen Trejo

Jada Blanshard

Emily Chow

Naveen Senthilkumar

Rahul Sista

Miti Parikh

Armita Nikbin

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Advocacy

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Testimonials

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Questions?

Contact us at youthseniorbuddies@gmail.com to get more information about our project!