In part 23 of our series, we feature Building Bridges, a program of the University of Missouri Extension.
(Check our archives for parts 1-22.)
Building Bridges is a community-based intergenerational program to help bring generations together for meaningful interactions and experiences.
Education, friendship, and caring are major components. The program evaluation results showed that Building Bridges not only helped young generations practice character traits, but also have more positive perceptions of growing old.
The majority of children and youth from Building Bridges felt that they showed their caring, respect and sharing with older adults and made older adults happy and less lonely.
Through the program, both generations have a better understanding of each other and their comfort zone for conversation and sharing was enhanced.
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