Fostering an intergenerational dialogue between seniors and teens can seem an impossible task, with each group’s disparate interests, experiences, and other socially isolating factors—as well as the physical isolation of many seniors—posing seemingly formidable hurdles to interaction. GlamourGals helps bridge the social gap between these two groups by enabling teenage women to provide complimentary beauty makeovers to seniors and simultaneously instilling a sense of leadership and service in the teens and offering increased self-esteem and companionship to the seniors.
Each year, 800 teens ages 14 to 18 and 2,000 seniors take part in GlamourGals sessions, enriching the lives of both groups. Seniors are treated to a free-of-charge, teen-conducted makeover—a manicure, facial, or makeup session—creating an environment conducive to the sharing of stories, jokes, and conversation. On a handful of occasions each year, the organization holds Mega Makeover events, which combine the attentive volunteer efforts of teenage GlamourGals with extra assistance from outside adult volunteers, such as companies or chambers of commerce, to engage a larger number of seniors. All of the needed supplies, from the makeup to the mirrors, are provided by GlamourGals. In order to reach as many groups as possible, in 2011 GlamourGals will organize seven Mega Makeover events in the New York metro area.
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GlamourGals Foundation, Inc.
GlamourGals helps organize and inspire teenagers to connect with elderly women living in senior homes by providing complimentary beauty makeovers, as well as companionship. CEO and founder Rachel Doyle created the first chapter of GlamourGals when she was 17 as a way to honor her grandmother. Today, GlamourGals has 68 chapters across the country, with more than 1,400 volunteers providing beauty, compassion, and friendship to seniors.