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Reasons to be Cheerful

Daniel J McGraw

10 July 2020

United States

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Intergenerational home sharing is a mutually beneficial option for seniors and young people. There are about 60 programs, run by cities, nonprofits, and platforms in the style of Airbnb, that connect seniors and young...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

19 June 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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When the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in widespread lockdowns, a Washington, D.C. Episcopal day school partnered with a retirement home to help students and seniors provide companionship to one another and decrease lone...

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Eszter Katus

11 June 2020

Hungary

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The How Are You Today? program connects elderly Hungarians with young people who are also deprived of social connections during the Covid-19 pandemic. Festival Volunteer Center joined with Hungarian Charity Service of...

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Maddy Savage

21 February 2020

Helsingborg, Sweden

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To combat loneliness, a flat in Helsingborg rents only to retirees and people under 25, and their contract requires that they spend at least 2 hours a week socializing together. The building, a former retirement home ...

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Megan Kamerick

20 January 2020

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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How does one Albuquerque organization address social isolation among senior citizens? It recruits teens to teach technologies 101. Teeniors creates intergenerational relationships by encouraging teens to spend time wi...

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Adhiti Bandlamudi

15 January 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Gun homicides in Durham increased an alarming 20% in 2019, but one bright spot was the county public health department's Bull City United program. Since 2016, BCU is credited with reducing shootings by 28% in two area...

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Monica Humphries

31 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Cultivating a more diverse generation of farmers requires training and mentorship. In New York, GrowNYC’s FARMroots program trains new farmers of diverse backgrounds. The FARMroots Beginning Farmer Program offers cour...

NPR

Elissa Nadworny

8 November 2019

Illinois, United States

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A growing number of colleges are providing "first-gen" resources and networks for students who are the first in their families to attend college. Experts are debating what type of help is most effective.

Al Jazeera

Priti Salian

10 October 2019

Arnsberg, Germany

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At a German preschool, an intergenerational mentoring program pairs community members with young children to productively talk about complex life concepts such as illness and death. Studies have shown that such progra...

The New York Times

Anemona Hartocollis

10 September 2019

United States

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At Arizona State, retirees pay a fee to live on campus, take classes, and be a part of the college community. This setup offers a unique opportunity for intergenerational mixing and mentoring and a new revenue stream ...

The Hechinger Report

Katy Reckdahl

10 September 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T) initiative recruits college-age people of color to teach in schools in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The fellowship program aims to build a workforce more representative of the ra...

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Rhitu Chatterjee

7 August 2019

McGregor, Minnesota, United States

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Due to urban migration from rural areas, communities in less populated regions around the country are experiencing increased loneliness and lack of social connection; a health organization in Minnesota is building per...

The Daily Evergreen

Daisy Zavala

3 July 2019

Idaho, United States

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The Nez Perce Tribe and Lapwai School District are making a concerted effort to keep the tribe's language alive -- as part of an elective, every day students at an Idaho high school have the chance to learn the langua...

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Kevin Holmes

28 June 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Collaborative efforts targeting adult-peer mentoring in Kansas City, Missouri have resulted in less crime and increased trust among participants. Focusing on high-risk teens and young adults, the program known as Teen...

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Kate Stringer

24 June 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Founded in the 1990s, the New Teacher Center offers a promising mentor model for new teachers. In an effort to measure the program's effectiveness and see if it impacts teacher retention, the 74 followed two participa...

The New York Times

Nellie Bowles

31 May 2019

Burlingame, California, United States

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For millennials looking to gain a stronger sense of commitment to social justice and service work, religious traditions can provide a helpful framework. The Nuns and Nones program in Burlingame, California, places you...

The Guardian

Tom Wall

15 January 2019

Bracknell, United Kingdom

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In the UK, where loneliness amongst senior residents has been declared a public health issue, councils, churches, and local charities are working to ensure that people are provided opportunities to connect with others...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Peta Doherty

27 October 2018

New South Wales, Australia

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A New South Wales nursing home is running a childcare facility from its dementia wing. Patients show fewer symptoms and enjoy the children's presence. Evidence shows that intergenerational care for young children can ...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

9 October 2018

Colorado, United States

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Growing past trauma requires support. In Native American communities with high rates of depression and suicide, organizations like the Wellness Peer Advisory Council and the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board are wo...

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Taylor Allen

24 September 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The After School Activities Partnership (ASAP) in Philadelphia offers free and low-cost afterschool and summer activities to students in low-income areas that otherwise do not have access to extracurriculars. ASAP has...

Akron Beacon Journal

Theresa Cottom

26 May 2018

Akron, Ohio, United States

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A school resource officer in Ohio decided to persist with one specific student who distrusted police and deliberately avoided talking to them. Over the course of four years, the officer persisted in efforts to reach t...

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Hari Sreenivasan

15 May 2018

California, United States

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University of California schools pair first-generation professors with first-generation students. The mentoring program aims to increase the 40 percent college completion rate for first-generation students nationwide.

BBC

Ana Lucia Gonzalez

27 April 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Gang violence in Chicago is not uncommon, but one organization is working to change what happens in the aftermath of funerals. Dubbed a public health program, Cure Violence enlists the help of community members to att...

Pulitzer Center

Talia Wiener

13 March 2018

Alaska, United States

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In the early 2000s, the only remaining speakers of three Native languages in Ketchikan, Alaska were in their early 80s or 90s. In order to preserve the languages and encourage the myriad positive physical and mental b...

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Jessica Weiss

11 November 2017

San Salvador, El Salvador

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The number of people deported from the USA back to El Savador is only rising under the Trump administration, leaving these individuals with the daunting task of starting over. English Cool is a program where deportees...

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