Creating Conversations

Connecting Generations

Tandem is a free mobile application that facilitates weekly 30-minute virtual conversations between senior citizens and high schoolers. We work with high school students and seniors living both independently and in assisted living to promote these mentorship-based relationships. 

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Meet the Team

Arianna Martinelli

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Arianna is a junior at Sacred Heart Academy where she loves to take computer science classes and is the President and Co-Founder of the SHA Hack Club. When she’s not coding at school, she is an intern at a mentorship and goal-setting mobile application startup called Moxie Girl, an Educational Justice Activist, and a competitive swimmer on the Lakeside National Team and the Sacred Heart State Team. She is a 2021 NCWIT AiC National Award Winner and Kentucky Affiliate Winner, and she loves exploring all things design thinking, hackathons, UX/UI design, and technology.

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Lorenzo Martinelli

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Lorenzo Martinelli is a junior at Saint Xavier High School, where he is a Xaverian Scholar and serves as the President of the Saint X Hack Club. Lorenzo is the founder of Pistachio, a consultant company giving assistance to local start-ups in developing pitch decks, competitive analyses, partnership analyses, and go-to-market strategy. Lorenzo serves as an Educational Justice Activist, swims for the National Team at Lakeside Swim Club, and is a graduate of the Young Kentuckians Advocacy Program and the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. In his spare time, Lorenzo enjoys coding and video editing.

Our Mission

 
 
 
 
 

Tandem's mission is to create intergenerational connections in which high schoolers can benefit from seniors' mentorship while allowing seniors to stay connected with the younger generation.

 

According to recent research conducted by the Stanford Center of Longevity, interaction with seniors can nurture further “development of social skills and sense of purpose.” High schoolers are uniquely incentivized to commit to these connections given their graduation service requirements, and an app such as Tandem allows them to complete these obligations in an efficient and impactful way. While service requirements will likely be the catalyst for their participation, we believe that the intangible benefits of these connections will encourage sustainability and longevity within their relationships. In this way, Tandem is helping to create a generation of young, compassionate, and inspiring changemakers.

 

The elderly can gain a greater sense of “fulfillment and purpose in their own lives” through these connections. By regularly listening to their partner's successes and struggles, offering insight, and sharing their wealth of experiences and learnings, seniors can enrich their partner and see that impact on a youth's life. In addition, Tandem offers a unique way for seniors to pass on valuable memories that could otherwise be lost to time, further establishing continuity between generations. 

If you would like to support Tandem's mission, please donate here.

Tandem is fiscally sponsored by Hack Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our registered EIN is 81-2908499.