QNS.com: QCH hosts ‘Let’s Talk with Seniors and Teens’ online conversation

QNS.com: QCH hosts ‘Let’s Talk with Seniors and Teens’ online conversation | February 2022: Queens Community House, one of the borough’s largest social service organizations, recently partnered with Community Boards 6 and 9 and Commonpoint Queens to host “Let’s Talk with Seniors and Teens,” an online conversation between older adults and youth.

Young adults from QCH’s Neighborhood International Chore and Errand (NICE) program interviewed older adults to discuss social issues, the COVID-19 pandemic and their life in Queens.

NICE is QCH’s year-round employment program for high school students. Youth workers are trained to work with older adults, providing chore and shopping assistance and companionship to home-bound older adults in Queens as well as friendship and mobility assistance to older adults in nursing homes.

“QCH was delighted to co-sponsor such an engaging intergenerational dialogue between older adults and the youth,” said QCH Division Director of Youth Workforce Alexandria Sumpter-Delves. “Conversations like these help to reinforce Queens as an inclusive community.”

One of the topics the online conversation tackled was the challenges that youth and older adults have faced during nearly two years of pandemic restrictions.

“When COVID first started, I was a sophomore and now I’m a senior, so most of my school time was on Zoom and it was very difficult because I can’t learn well online because I get easily distracted,” said 17-year-old QCH NICE program participant Deshenai Buntin.

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