I just commented above about getting college students involved as well. Was thinking education majors could be a great resource to bring some experience and knowledge to the project on how to present/teach. For example, one college education major is home on summer break, and could possibly set it up as an externship experience to gain course credit by leading a group of 5-6 high school students, teaching them how to teach, essentially. Just a thought :)
All great ideas! I would consider opening up the program for college students as well. Perhaps those majoring in education who are home on summer break. They could return to their old high school and help guide a group of high school students to prepare them to lead the class. The college students could possibly work it out to get college credit for their time instead of money.
With the idea mentioned above, the college student could "teach" the material up front (giving them experience in that setting and worthy of internship credit), then the high school students could be the team that is available to guide the elders through the task 1 on 1.
I think that is a great idea. Would need to be careful about privacy rights, be clear with the elder before starting whether they prefer to keep the project personal just for sharing with family or if they are okay with putting their stories out there for the public.
What an awesome way to pass the stories down through generations though! I like the idea of compiling books based on a theme that ties together lots of different peoples' stories relevant to that area. Reminds me of the photo album we kept at the nursing home I used to work at - a photo and brief story about the residents that had lived there back through different decades - I always loved sitting and looking at that.
Could also give a copy to local public libraries (similar to how it said one was left at the community center) - could look into libraries as a forum for hosting the events as well. Lots of great ideas - I hope this takes off, such a great tool.