Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Next Chapter

Courtesy of Jewish Family and Children's
Services
EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is The Next Chapter, which enables high school youth to connect with and learn from Holocaust survivors.

(Check our archives for parts 1-44.)

The Next Chapter is a program of Jewish Family and Children's Services, one of the oldest and largest family service institutions in the United States, founded in 1850 by immigrant pioneers who arrived in California during the Gold Rush and created an extended family to care for each other.

Today, they continue to be that extended family, serving 78,000 people annually with the highest quality, research-based social services designed to strengthen individuals, strengthen families, and strengthen community.

As the problem-solving center for residents of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services is a lifeline for children, families, and older adults facing life transitions and personal crises.

By participating in The Next Chapter, students are awarded 40 hours of community service and create a special relationship with a local survivor.

At monthly meetings, students will learn how to:

1) Interview Holocaust survivors and document their oral histories in a written essay.

2) Study the history of the Holocaust and explore the current Jewish cultural renaissance in Poland.

3) Time commitment: Students will meet in one seminar a month from December through April, and connect with the survivor they have been matched with three times throughout the semester.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is the Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program in Florida, an intergenerational child care program in which older adults from the Rafael Villaverde Adult Day Health Care Center are trained to obtain certification as child care workers.

(Check our archives for parts 1-44.)

At the Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program, children are cared for in a culturally appropriate center by a “family member.” The service is offered to working poor families.

By providing them with access to safe, quality day care services, children of low-income families are prepared to compete on an equal basis with other children of better economic means.

They also benefit from intergenerational exposure as they participate in shows or visit the Adult Day Care Center to play and carry out joint activities with Alzheimer’s patients.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

Monday, May 04, 2015

VISIONS Intergenerational Program

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is VISIONS Intergenerational Program, a Generations United Program of Distinction that recruits, trains and employs high school students in New York City to assist blind seniors in their homes, and at Selis Manor.

(Check our archives for parts 1-43.)

VISIONS Intergenerational Program operates under VISIONS Center on Aging. The youth provide escort and assistance with reading, shopping, and technology.

VISONS Caregiver project supports family, partners, and friends who help a senior with vision loss.

Overnight respite at VCB and day respite at Selis Manor are provided.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cross Cultural Community Center in Chicago

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is the Cross Cultural Community Center in Chicago, where college students teach cooking classes for older adults.

(Check our archives for parts 1-42.)

The classes focus on youth educating older adults about American foods – tips on cooking, nutrition and health.

The goal is to help the older adults become more independent by learning how to cook their own healthy meals, while strengthening intergenerational connections and understanding.

Some of their other programs include youth and older adults gardening together, helping Korean-American older adults translate English, and providing grandparents raising grandkids with information and resources.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Students Inter-generational Art to Protect Nature

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is the “Students Inter-generational Art to Protect Nature,” the result of more than 60 pieces of art from Sauk Trail fourth-grade students and older adults in Middleton, Wisconsin, who are concerned about the importance of preserving local nature.

(Check our archives for parts 1-41.)

The program began by observing and discussing nature, wildlife, and habitats seen at Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

The students then spent an afternoon interviewing senior citizens at Middleton Glen Retirement Community, Heritage Senior Living, and Middleton Senior Center to hear what the environment was like when the seniors were fourth-graders.

Back in the classroom, students discussed what they learned, along with what has changed in nature, the environment, and in life.

They agreed there is a strong need to protect natural resources for future generations.

Students in each of the three fourth-grade classrooms created a booklet, drawing a scene from nature for each letter of the alphabet and writing about it.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.