Anika Kumar, now a college freshman at UC Berkeley, is not only reaching across generations to combat loneliness, but she’s inspiring her peers to do the same. Passionate about social justice, specifically surrounding the older adult population, Anika started an intergenerational nonprofit organization called Forget Me Not, which aims to reduce feelings of loneliness among seniors by partnering them with teens in a companionship phone call program. “The most notable thing about the program is that it is mutually rewarding and lifts the spirits of both the elder participants and teen volunteers each week,” she says. Anika was the valedictorian of her high school class, and after college hopes to continue her work with older adults as a medical scientist.
More on Anika: http://forgetmenotservices.org
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