Since 1979, the Center has created and implemented innovative intergenerational program models that mobilize people of all ages to support one another and address critical social issues in their communities. Programs are both national and local in scope. Over 4,000 people participate annually in our Philadelphia-based programs which help caregiving families, support children and youth, foster immigrant integration, and build community capacity. Supporting our local programs are 550 volunteers – 300 older adults and 250 students. Through our national initiatives and training/technical assistance efforts, thousands more are involved.
Supporting Children & Youth - older adults serving in a variety of roles designed to increase early literacy, promote positive youth development, combat childhood obesity, and enhance the math and science skills of middle-school youth
Fostering Immigrant Integration - college students and older adults building relationships with elderly immigrants and refugees through tutoring in English as a Second Language, citizenship, health literacy and workforce development
Helping Caregiving Families - older adults and college students supporting kinship caregivers, parents raising children with special needs, and family members who are caring for frail elders
Building Community Capacity - national technical assistance and training helping communities enhance the capacity of individuals and organizations to work together to improve the quality of life for all