Across Ages aims to improve youth academic performance, school attendance and behavior and attitudes. It also works to strengthen relationships with adults and peers and help youth with problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Across Ages operates by involving seniors, youth, families and communities in the following ways:
- Mentoring - older adults (55+) are recruited from the community, trained and matched as mentors spending one-on-one time with youth.
- Community Service - youth time each week performing community service, including regular visits to frail elders in community nursing homes.
- Social Competence Training – based on the Social Problem-Solving Module.
- Family Activities - monthly weekend events are held for youth, their family members and mentors and include activities that are culture-specific as well as recreational, social and sporting events.
The Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning Across Ages program targets youth who:
- Are economically disadvantaged.
- Have had school failure.
- Have problem behavior in school.
- Have few positive adult role models.
- Have a Peer group engaged in risky behaviors.
- Live in communities with no opportunities for positive free-time activities.
- Are in kinship care due to inability of birth parents to care for them, often due to incarceration or substance use.
Intergenerational - Seniors Helping Youth
Intergenerational - Social Activities
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