Senior citizens can volunteer for college credit

YSU Giveback, Goforward initiative

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – One of the little-known pieces included in Ohio’s recently passed biennium budget could soon be helping senior citizens as well as kids working their way through college.

Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College are the first schools in the state to offer a new program known as “GIVEback. GOforward.”

John Carey, Ohio’s chancellor for higher education, was in town Monday morning to announce the launch of the new initiative. Those over age 60 who volunteer at least 100 hours with different charities then will receive a voucher worth three college credit hours they can either use themselves or pass along to others, like their grandchildren.

“It is a doorway. It is an entryway. It helps on the costs. It also helps the seniors become involved in the community, helps the organizations get the volunteers they need and helps the students become inspired to be successful,” Carey said.

Locally, the participating service agencies include the United Way’s Success By 6 and Success After 6, as well as Inspiring Minds.

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