Intergenerational Programs Build Connections, Fill Critical Needs
Stronger Together: Seniors & Young People Get Off The Sidelines and Into The Game
Powerful Impact of Intergenerational Programs on Older Adults and Young People
Encore.org calls it cogeneration, and through their Gen2Gen program (www.encore.org) and other initiatives, they are working to bring the older and younger generations together to bridge divides and help solve problems. The group recently commissioned a survey of more than 1500 respondents from 18 to 90, and is compiling actionable information on issues of common interest, obstacles, and shared priorities.
Examples of Intergenerational Programs
Generations United (https://www.gu.org/) supports a program in Bucks County, Pennsylvania called SAGE – Senior Adults for Greater Education. The program matches seniors with meaningful volunteer opportunities in their local school districts. Volunteers support their schools with activities ranging from assisting at science fairs to reading tutoring to helping with an intergenerational spelling bee. They also help in things as diverse as shop class, school field trips, and backstage at drama productions.
At the AARP, the AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps, (https://www.aarp.org/experience-corps/) provides an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade.
The Experience Corps model is a proven intervention with measurable benefits for students, as well as positive mental and physical health benefits for volunteers who participate. By helping young students become better readers, Experience Corps seeks to ensure a lasting legacy of strong futures, supported schools and empowered volunteers.