My masters thesis is a questionnaire provided to approximately 500 residents 50+ in our little college town. A group of older residents want to start a Village Network organization and I am trying to get them on board with intergenerational projects. Any specific help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your thoughts so far, great ideas!
I, too, think both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts (as well as 4H) are great organizations to tap for intergenerational projects. As a 64 year old graduate student in gerontology, I see many ways the generations can help each other. While it is often easier to get the younger generation to "do for" elders, it is another thing to get a longer term commitment from them. I am increasingly finding out that it is often difficult to get older generations to get on the volunteer bandwagon. More intergenerational long term projects would increase respect in both directions for both groups. Perhaps summer cooking/baking classes taught by seniors in their own homes where real skills would be honed rather than just a one-time class. Real gardening skills need a growing season to learn. One of the skills I see many young people missing is basic budgeting and financial skills for just running a home. This can be taught. Many of you know what skills the younger generation has, but you need to talk to those who are older to see what life experiences they have and can share in a longer term relationship with students.