Generations United and MetLife Foundation are pleased to announce the 2013 Youth Jumpstart Grantees - youth-led projects designed to promote intergenerational solutions to societal challenges and build stronger communities. This year, the priority was funding technology programs and programs that help build strong, healthy communities.
C&T Youth Technology Academy, Rockville, MD
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Youth Jumpstart Grantees:
- Young people will tutor older adults in using technology (such as internet, e-mail, cellphones, digital cameras and tablets) to write their memoirs.
Cache Valley Volunteer Center, Logan, UT
- Youth service groups will collaborate with each other in visiting local senior living homes to teach residents how to use technology (such as Skype and Facebook) to document their life experiences.
The Carmel Foundation, Carmel, CA
- Carmel High School students will meet weekly with older adults at the Carmel Foundation (a senior center) for tutoring sessions in technology. Students will also host workshops and facilitate a technology open house at the senior center.
Center in the Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Students from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf will meet with older adults from Center in the Park, a community-based senior center to co-author skits that address health issues across the lifespan. They will act in the skits at various venues.
City-Wide Resident Council, St. Paul, MN
- Youth will take a seven-week course in video production and how to connect with older adults. The students will then videotape older adults talking about the history of Roosevelt Community Homes, a 314-unit public housing community constructed in 1952.
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
- Intergenerational specialists will train students about in how to communicate effectively with older adults who have dementia. Once trained, the teens will serve as docents at the Hudson River Museum where they will conduct tours for visitors with dementia.
Imagine Englewood If...NFP, Chicago, IL
- Youth will interview long-time senior residents of Englewood, Illinois and digitally record their memories.The resulting video will help young people discover ways to reduce violence and build better relationships with older adults.
Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center, St. Paul, MN
- Youth will interview older adults about their memories of the NASA moon landing in 1969 and other historical space events. The resulting video will capture the powerful effect these events had on people and will help educate more folks about space exploration.
Lake Superior School District #381, Two Harbors, MN
- High school students will show older adults how to use technology (to increase communication and support life-long learning). Students will also help the seniors learn how to electronically borrow and download eBooks and audiobooks from libraries.
Learn about previous grantee projects here.
Contact Leah Bradley with any questions or to learn more about the Youth Jumpstart grant program.