Last week Bridges Together Founder and Executive Director Andrea J. Fonte Weaver traveled to Milwaukee with BT board member Lee Ann Frigulietti for the Generations United Global Intergenerational Conference, cohosted by St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care.
Bridges Together was there to learn…and share!
The first stop was the Cherry Street Orchard, an initiative of SET Ministry. On Fridays, community members can meet for a skills group and for communal gardening. On Wednesdays, the garden hosts “Weed and Water” events where community members and agencies (including local police) come to…weed and water the garden! Andrea and Lee Ann were both impressed with this organization and the different ways it seeks to Serve, Empower and Transform.
Andrea and Lee Ann sat in on some inspirational and phenomenal presentations from Time Slips, an organization that provides creative solutions for those who suffer from memory impairment, as well as their caregivers. Stage Right is the organization’s program that helps people with memory loss create musicals. They also learned about Connect the Ages, an organization whose mission is to connect 5 million students and young professionals to multidisciplinary career, internship and volunteer opportunities with older generations by 2025.
On Thursday, Andrea and Lee Ann oversaw a “poster session” explaining Intergenerational Month and the Kraemer IG Story Contest. Click here for a downloadable handout of the poster. The Bridges Program Curricula Suite was also publicly recognized for being named a Generations United Program of Distinction.
Generations Remixed was truly a meeting of like-minded people — the “movers and shakers” in the intergenerational field. Check out GU’s recaps of the conference here and here. In addition, follow the hashtags #GensUnited17 and #AgeAmped on Twitter and Facebook to see some of the action!