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Title:  Intergenerational Community Action and Youth Empowerment

Author (s):  Abigail R. Lawrence-Jacobson

Abstract:  Empowerment theory can provide a useful framework for the design and evaluation of intergenerational community-building programs. Using an intervention research approach that draws heavily on empowerment theory, the author designed, facilitated, and evaluated an innovative model for intergenerational community engagement involving undergraduate students and older adult residents of an assisted living facility. This “Intergenerational Community Action Group” met at the assisted living facility throughout a school year to engage in group-building activities, to discuss and choose an issue of concern to them in the community, and to plan and implement a project to address the issue. This article discusses the use of empowerment theory in intergenerational community action and similar programs, and review the empowerment outcomes for youth participants in the Intergenerational Community Action Group.

Category: Community Development      

Keywords: Empowerment, community action, intergenerational, theory, college-linked  retirement community

Reference: Lawrence-Jacobson, A. R. (2006). Intergenerational Community Action and Youth Empowerment.  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 4(1): 137-147.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J194v04n01_15#preview

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