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Bringing Back Prom Night

A popular intergenerational event-based activity that thrives off of youth energy, creativity, elder engagement and community support.

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Build youth interest by creating a high-visibility event, then offer a number of avenues to continue the connections between youth & older adults.
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.”

Prom references:   http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-06-26-senior-citizen-proms/

http://www.delawareseniorcenter.com/home/senior-prom

http://www.insideeldercare.com/assisted-living/assisted-living-senior-prom-behind-the-scenes/

http://www.newhampshire.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140512/NEWHAMPSHIRE1411/140519844/0/NEWS04
 

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Hi Deirdre Gonsalves,

Looking fine contribution, but is it possible to organize such events in India.

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