Young and Old Serving Together

Meeting Community Needs Through Intergenerational Partnerships

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The soul of intergenerational approaches is embodied in the model of young and old serving together, which is the subject of this publication. These programs are strength-based, reciprocal and respectful of the “bookend generations.” They offer a vehicle for younger and older members of our society to step off the bookshelf, dust themselves off, and become engaged in issues of common concern.

Anyone who has worked with an intergenerational program knows there is tremendous power when young and old are united in meaningful, purposeful work. Together they build healthier, safer, more inclusive communities and in the end make our country stronger. As one of our members said, if you take the potential of youth, the experience of age and mix them together what do you get? Dynamite.