Intergenerational Projects

Art and craft classes held at senior centers that include both seniors and young people provide opportunities for both groups to help each other and develop friendships as they engage in a shared created activity.  Intergenerational classes are typically 4 week sessions, each session 2 hours.  Some past projects have included embroidery, quilt making and making items for donation.  This is an important vehicle for bringing two disparate groups together.  The socialization built into the creative process facilitates conversation and the formation of bonds.  Following the completion of an intergenerational embroidery class at the Carter Burden Center, students from St. Jean High School expressed an interest in taking other classes with seniors.  The seniors were invigorated by the presence of the students which adds to their enjoyment of the classes.

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