Grade level: Elementary, middle and high schools
Description: This project is designed to help younger persons and seniors enjoy and learn from each other. Young people will become aware of their attitudes about aging and learn how the media affects their attitudes. They will experience how aging affects the senses and will become sensitive to the needs of others. Youth are encouraged to widen their circle of friends by spending time with an older person.
Recommended length of program: The program is composed of six lessons which involve several activities, some to be done as a group and some to be done with an older friend. The project can be expanded to suit your needs. It is a perfect way to do community outreach. The program works especially well when done around a holiday.
Equipment needed: media sources such as magazines, newspapers or TV; other supplies generally found in most households. VCR and TV if you elect to use the video; appropriate storybooks from the library.
Materials provided: 4-H member and leader handbooks; completion certificates; videotape, Old Enough to Care. (video is more appropriate for middle and senior high students.) Also, a box of "experience stations" is available for loan so youth can experience hands-on what it feels like to be old. We're also glad to provide instructions for making your own "experience stations" as well.
Sample of Generation Celebration project