Teachers, librarians, staff from senior centers, senior housing and human service agencies and others are invited to apply for a grant to receive free training on the award-winning BRIDGES Intergenerational (IG) Program Curriculum so that they can implement BRIDGES in their own communities during the Fall, 2019. Available to schools, senior organizations and human service agencies, Bridges Together will be awarding four (4) communities with a BRIDGES program of their choice. Preference will be given to organizations and schools that serve or are committed to including vulnerable populations: three in New England and one in another area of our country. This grant is made possible by Tufts Health Plan Foundation and The Retirement Research Foundation.
The award-winning, evidence-based BRIDGES Program Curricula Suite unites older adults and young people in their own communities for shared experiences and cooperative learning. Through the BRIDGES Programs, generations grow in mutual respect, understanding, and friendship. Positive attitudes about aging are fostered and older adults are supported in their socio-emotional development. Studies have shown that positive attitudes about aging and social engagement can improve health and longevity. Additionally, the BRIDGES programs support national Common Core education standards as the students and older adults engage with one another through shared experiences and collaborative learning. Groups of about eight mature adults volunteer in the children’s classroom, library, or community center over several weeks. Under the guidance of the teacher or trained staff member, the volunteers work in pairs with small groups of students. Together, the volunteers and students share their own life experiences and those of their families. These discussions are supplemented with creative, educational, fun projects that promote shared learning.
Details about these programs can be found in our BRIDGES Program Curricula Suite Overview. The BRIDGES Programs have been running across the United States since 1991, involving more than 20,000 older adults and youth. This Fall 2019 grant is to pilot an online training platform to expand the reach of BRIDGES. Applicants will have four BRIDGES program curricula from which to choose. Each involve older adults collaborating with children of different age groups. The four programs and their target ages for youth are:
- BRIDGES: Our Stories (K-3)
- BRIDGES: Growing Together (3-6)
- BRIDGES: Our Smarts (7-8)
- BRIDGES: Lifelong Journeys. (9-College)
Below is the timeline:
- Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis
- Training must take place by Sept. 1st
- The 6 BRIDGES sessions must be completed by Dec. 31st
Read the complete details on the Bridges Training Grant here.
Find the Form for the Grant here.
We look forward to receiving your application!