Bringing Back Prom Night
A popular intergenerational event-based activity that thrives off of youth energy, creativity, elder engagement and community support.
Build youth interest by creating a high-visibility event, then offer a number of avenues to continue the connections between youth & older adults.
King and Queen of the evening!
Perhaps start with a community-supported, youth-driven prom for elders (they have grown in popularity lately). Involve local youth organizations, high schools, retailers, places of worship, etc. As planning commences, this is a great opportunity to create intergenerational committees, task force(s), etc. Involve local media to highlight participant stories, perspectives & feedback. Collect a list of names for future interest groups & perhaps offer fun, competitive challenges around a designated interest.
Comment from an event held in Florida:
And the most moving comment was from a resident of mine who said, “This is my first prom. We were poor. I never finished high school so I never went to the prom. This is the greatest day of my life! Thank you for making this prom happen. I will never ever forget this day as long as God will have me on this earth.”