How to bridge a generation gap

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

Perkins High School and Serving Our Seniors are undertaking a 3 month project that we believe will help to bridge a generation gap.  Perkins High School is putting up 69 students and now I have to find 69 Erie County citizens, age 60 or better, to engage in a 3 month intergenerational experience of senior citizens interacting with and learning from seniors in high school. 

This is what we are doing:

- There will be a computer education class for senior citizens who have never used a computer, but would like to learn. The class will be very remedial, so no one has to be afraid of “not knowing enough."  The class will meet two days the first week of the month in March, April and May.  A senior citizen (age 60 or better) will be matched with a senior in high school who will give their “pupil” one-on-one instruction.  After the first two days of class, Perkins High School will open its computer lab up to those senior citizens who want to come to school and practice what they learned. Students will be staffing the computer lab from 3- 4p.m. each day thereafter to answer any questions and help the senior citizens as they practice their newly acquired computer knowledge.

·        - There will also be a computer education class for senior citizens who have a little bit of computer experience, but are up for learning a little bit more than what they already know. This will also be two days a week, the first week of March, April and May. Just like the beginners course described above.

·         - Pen Pals. Yep, you read it right! We have about 17 students who are willing to communicate “the old fashion way” -- pen and paper and the U.S. postal system. I’m seeking senior citizens who would be interested in corresponding with a student so the two generations can get to know each other. Then we are going to have an intergenerational reuinion for the pen pals.

·         - E-mail Pals. We have about 19 students who would like to bridge the generation gap through e-mail. Just like the pen pals, I’m seeking senior citizens who would be interested in corresponding with a student for the months of March, April and May. They too would be part of the intergenerational reunion and the cyber-pals will join the pen pal group and meet their new “senior” friends in person.

So if you know someone age 60 or better who would be interested in participating in any one of these activities, have them call Serving Our Seniors to register at 419-624-1856 or 1-800-564-1856. Or they can e-mail me at sued@servingourseniors.org.

If any of the readers have any suggestions for bridging the generation gap for future use, please post your comments. I welcome your ideas and suggestions!

Comments

cm.sandusky

I think this is a great idea. Don't quite qualify yet.