Created by BT’s advisor and colleague, Sandy Kraemer, the month is set aside to celebrate the many benefits of relationships between adults aged 60+ and young people.
“Knowledge is the greatest gift to future generations. At its core, [The Fountain Institute] was motivated to help transfer knowledge from one generation to another. But how?… Out of this conversation came support for creating Intergeneration Day.” (This excerpt is taken from the book, Connecting People of All Ages: Founding Intergeneration Day: Intergeneration Month and Much More by Sandy Kraemer, Kirk Woundy and many others including Andrea.) This grew into Intergeneration Month in 2012 and in 2017, BT began publicizing the month and coordinating the storytelling contest.
As another BT advisor and colleague, Doug Dickson, recently explained: “We who work in the field are like individual choir members. We need to unite our voices as part of a choir in order to make even more music and be heard more profoundly.”
So, we invite you, to think ahead to September and begin planning for your intergenerational work.
Do you need some ideas to inspire you? Check out our Intergenerational Programs: A to Z
Would you like a Recipe for Intergenerational Success that lays out the components of a strong program? Check out this handy guide with a flexible structure allowing you to easily customize.
Do you want a comprehensive plan for a 60-90 minute event including who to invite to help you plan the event? MCOA sponsored these FREE guides including:
- Let’s Dance: Planning an Intergenerational Prom
- Helping Hands: Intergenerational Programming
- Calling All Scouts: Uniting Generations From Your Scouting Program
- Celebrating Grandparents (and Grandfriends) Day
- Get Outside!: Easy Intergenerational Outdoor Activities
- Music to Our Ears: Making Intergenerational Music
Do you want even more choices and some free coaching? Become a BT member
Celebrate Grandparents Day on September 9! Find out more at the website hosted by our colleagues, Generations United.
Make your voice heard in two powerful ways.
- Log your event on the BT website. Even if you offer multiple events or get-togethers, please take a minute to log at least one of them – so that your voice is heard. We’ll create a listing and map – and look forward to including your work.
- Prepare to enter the Kraemer Intergenerational Story Contest – and encourage those in your life to do the same.
For more information, please contact Sarah Cavicchi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.440.0810.