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If you are interested in intergenerational programs, there are a number of ways to begin:
- Watch Generations United’s video on intergenerational communities
- Learn about intergenerational initiatives in your community by contacting Generations United, Encore.org’s Generation to Generation, and your local United Way, schools, and multiservice organizations
- Contact the National and Community Service’s Senior Corps program, which includes the intergenerational programs RSVP (the national Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which engages more than 208,000 people age 55 and older in a diverse range of volunteer activities), and Foster Grandparents (in which more than 25,000 volunteers age 55 and older serve as role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs).
- Check out the AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a national, intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children in high-need elementary schools who aren’t reading at grade level improve their reading skills by the end of third grade.
- Obtain your United Way’s community needs assessment and explore how intergenerational strategies can address some of your community’s identified needs
- Ask the children- and youth-serving organizations that you already fund how they involve older adults and how they might engage them in the future to build the capacity of their programs
- Fund training sessions for grantees or the larger community on developing intergenerational strategies
- Encourage intergenerational collaborations among community organizations by adding language to requests for proposal giving preference to intergenerational proposals
- Provide seed grants for groups to start working collaboratively on intergenerational projects
- Support collaboration between organizations serving children and youth and those serving older people such as senior housing and retirement communities, AARP, senior centers,
- Learn about and/or support policy issues that support intergenerational approaches