The Intergenerational Center at Temple University
The Center has created a wide range of intergenerational programs designed to meet the needs of children and youth, older adults, and families. It serves as a laboratory for the development and evaluation of intergenerational programs. Each year over 2,000 people participate in programs that promote productive aging, family support, positive youth development, and lifelong learning/service. Older adults serve as literacy tutors, mentors, parent outreach workers, oral historians, after-school volunteers, and child care aides. They provide in-home support to: teen mothers, parents who have been reported for child abuse and neglect, families caring for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and grandparents raising grandchildren. Young people provide respite services to frail elderly and their families, conduct oral history interviews with nursing home residents, and teach English to older immigrants and refugees. They also work side-by-side with older adults in arts, environmental, and service projects.