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At the University of Pittsburgh, Generations Together, an Intergenerational Studies Program develops programs that bring young and old together in ways that benefit both generations. The University Challenge for Excellence Program (DCEP) works with entering students who are often first generation, mostly African-American, and who may be in need of special assistance during their first year. UCEP seeks ways to raise their self esteem, give them a sense of purpose, connect them to the University, and ultimately to retain them at Pitt through graduation. In 1994, these two university programs joined together with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) to develop a program that addresses the needs of UCEP students and older adults in Pittsburgh. The result of this collaboration is an intergenerational community service project which was funded by the U. S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).

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