Tuesday, February 02, 2016

All Together Now

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 All Together Now through Story Center, which invites older adults and youth across the US to honor the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and narrow the generation gap through story.

(Check our archives for parts 1-74.)

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties and sixties, All Together Now seeks to remind younger generations that “rights must always be renewed and reaffirmed” and that social justice is an ongoing effort for communities facing ongoing discrimination and marginalization.

Through free day-long Storied Sessions, All Together Now staff assists elders and youth in sharing stories about taking action in their communities and the impact of the Civil Rights Movement in their lives.

Using the Story Circle process, each participant is supported in creating a story, written and recorded in his or her own voice, with an accompanying photo.

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.

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