Intergenerational Programs

Our Intergenerational Program provides both elder volunteers and young people the opportunity to give back.  We may provide transportation for elders who mentor students at a Chicago school, or we may provide volunteer opportunities to students who want to help with a special project that is created by the students and enjoyed by  elders. There is plenty of sharing at intergenerational events as well. Elders share their stories, providing an eyewitness account of historic events and a snapshot of what life was like when they were young. Students who participate gain new perspectives, learn the value of volunteering and often have the opportunity to share their expertise with elders on topics from popular music to texting. We also provide support to teachers who wish to bring real-life history to the classroom, partner with the community, and promote the benefits of friendships between the old and young. Intergenerational Programs are limited only by imagination and interest, and can work for any age group:

Pre-School

A group of mothers of young children visits Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, hosting fun events and providing interested elders a chance to interact with babies and toddlers. Music, food, and fun create unforgettable experiences for participating elders and for moms. 

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners who have learned to count to 100 are visited by a 100 year old elder who counts with them. They share and compare life experiences.

Middle School

A class of sixth grade students learning to write poetry interviews seniors, writes poems about their visits together, and decorates the poems, providing copies to elders as mementos.

High School

High school students interview elders for a history class project, gaining valuable information about the past and learning useful interviewing skills.

Ongoing

Intergenerational events often times involve two or three interactions between students and elders, making the experience more meaningful. Sometimes a school wishes to create a long term relationship.  We are embarking on our third year with students at Esperanza School.  Elder volunteers and students meet nine times throughout the year for special activities ranging from a Wii bowling match, baking cookies, decorating pillow cases for soldiers, and other experiences that celebrate and involve the elderly.

Family Visiting

This is a great opportunity for parents that are looking for fun, meaningful activities they can do with their children.  Introducing children to volunteering when they are young has been proven to promote healthy lifestyle, enhance development, teach life skills, improve the community, and encourage a lifelong service ethic. View Family Visiting Flyer

Contact us if you are interested in participating in our Intergenerational Program.

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Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.

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