Bridges Together is delighted and honored to announce that our Bridges Program Curricula Suite, often referred to as the “Bridges program,” has been named a Generations United Program of Distinction. This designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs, so we feel as if we’ve received the equivalent of a gold star for our work!
Research demonstrates that there is a “legacy effect” for youth who participate in the Bridges Program Curricula Suite – children who went through Bridges: Growing Together (our curriculum for older adults and elementary schoolers) as fourth graders developed more positive attitudes toward aging and older adults by the time they graduated from high school than their peers who did not participate in the program. As we like to say at Bridges Together, intergenerational programs are a vaccination against ageism and a prescription for longevity. This recognition by Generations United underscores our belief that the Bridges program is powerful and valuable.
Since 1991, the Bridges program has touched the lives of approximately 15,000 members of “bookend generations.” What started as a curriculum used in one school district is now a suite of four programs designed for preschoolers through high school students and used in nearly 30 communities throughout Massachusetts as well as in California and Michigan.
If you would like to bring Bridges to YOUR community, contact Julie Shaw at Julie AT BridgesTogether.org or 978.793.9509.
Thank you to Generations United for recognizing the Bridges Program Curricula Suite as a Program of Distinction!