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Organizations & Programs for Intergenerational Learning

Within 30 years, the population of older adults will double, reaching over 70 million in the United States and over one billion globally. This major demographic shift requires a redefinition of the roles and responsibilities of each generation.

Young people and older adults are not problems to solve; they are resources to tap. Young people can develop important skills and meet real goals by working on a community’s projects with older adults or by reaching out to those who may require assistance. Projects that bring generations together can address critical social problems and help maintain culture across generations.

Much intergenerational learning goes on informally as you talk to your grandchildren or other family and friends. You and they also can learn from more planned activities. Schools and churches often organize groups of children as volunteers who interact with older adults in a variety of settings. You can get involved by participating in school programs that pair older adults with children and youth to give them extra help in reading, writing, math, or social and personal skills.

Temple University’s Center for Intergenerational Learning helps local and national organizations use intergenerational strategies to meet individuals’, families’, and communities’ needs.

The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service [http://www.nationalservice.org/]. It offers a comprehensive list of resources and opportunities related to intergenerational service-learning.

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Page Author: Steve Wagner

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