In rural communities, inner city neighborhoods, suburbs, and cities, old and young gather to share their talents and experiences. Older adults tutor, mentor, provide child care, guest lectures, and other events in the classroom, and students provide chore services, assist caregivers, visit nursing homes and homebound elders. Unfortunately there are too few programs in comparison to the need and available resources. The needs of children and education are almost unfathomable. The needs of the older population are increasingly complex. And yet we have not adequately tapped the rich resources of youth and older Americans that could address these needs. This report recognizes the needs and problems of youth and elders in Illinois and how generations are working together to provide solutions.
Intergenerational Initiative, Illinois, "Intergenerational Service-Learning" (1998). Intergenerational. 34.