Northland Foundation KIDS PLUS

Northland Foundation

AGE to age: Sites & News

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INTERNATIONAL FALLS has created a community garden. Young people are learning how to plant seeds and maintain a garden, and older adults are sharing their knowledge. The youth and older adults are also working together to develop a historic community tour that will share stories of years past and the background of local buildings.

BOIS FORTE RESERVATION is linking different generations and preserving native language and culture through the passing on of traditions such as beading, storytelling, and cooking native foods. Regular gatherings bring together youth and elders from Nett Lake and Vermillion, two reservation communities that are separated by 60 miles whose residents have had few opportunities to connect in the past.

GRAND PORTAGE RESERVATION is strengthening the relationships between elders and children through numerous different activities. Elementary school-age students visit and read stories with elders on a regular basis, while elders visit the children at school during the winter months to tell traditional Native American stories.

CHISHOLM in northern St. Louis County, offers a wide variety of intergenerational activities to help older adults and youth develop relationships while also sharing activities and teaching skills such as showshoeing, polka dancing, music, cooking and baking, and woodworking.

ITASCA AREA has undertaken exciting projects that join the generations, many with a strong focus on community service and volunteerism including helping at a local food shelf and homeless shelter, visiting residents at a local nursing home, and making pottery for an empty bowl fundraiser. Other key activities include community beautification efforts and gardening.

is making great strides with their Students to Seniors Tech Initiative, which is helping older adults learn their iphones, ipads, laptops, and more, as well as offering an array of new activities and supports focused on walking, hiking, active living, and intergenerational friendship-building.

FLOODWOOD has undertaken a technology project in which young community members help older adults develop new skills including social networking and Internet use, and digital photography. Symbolic of the intergenerational enthusiasm in Floodwood, the former Senior Center has been renamed the AGES Center to reflect its new role as a gathering place for people of all ages.

Proctor ground breaking

PROCTOR has built strong links between the generations through community gatherings, picnics, game nights, and service projects including a reading program for Pre-K and early elementary students.  The have also broken ground on a carefully planned multi-generational public park and gathering place that will include a walking path, gardens, and picnic area on what was a little-used section of city property.

FOND DU LAC RESERVATION has joined all age groups to participate in traditional activities such as ricing, sugarbushing, and gathering plants and berries. Elders connect with youth and preserve stories through monthly community dinners featuring traditional speakers. Fond du Lac has also resurrected its annual Family Camp, a multi-day summertime event in which families interact, participate in traditional activities, enjoy food, and have fun.

CLOQUET is building positive relationships among its older adults and youth while learning, playing, and growing together. Activities include social and recreational opportunities such as game nights, picnics, crafts, and baking contests. Teens and adults ages 55 and older have also beautified and improved a local park to make it welcoming for people of all ages.

MOOSE LAKE has increased older adult volunteer engagement in the afterschool KIDS PLUS Program and an in-school reading program for 2nd and 3rd graders, as well as undertaken a major community improvement project to clean up a wooded riverside area. The formerly neglected land now includes a Farmer’s Market, butterfly garden, and walking paths that encourage healthy living and multigenerational connections.  A community pavilion is also being planned.

McGREGOR has created an array of community activities and projects that provide social and volunteer service opportunities for people of all ages including an intergenerational writing groups, gardening, documenting and preserving local history, and Habitat for Humanity home building. McGregor has also engaged older adult volunteers in helping children and youth with reading, math, and the arts.

In AITKIN, older adults and young people are working together to enhance area walking trails, including restoring and painting benches and making enhancements to the trail. They are also undertaking an intergenerational community garden that will bring residents of all ages together for friendship and fun.

joined the AGE to age "family" in late 2016 and has been working on action planning to implement their first inter-generational projects.

is the newest community in northeastern Minnesota to join the AGE to age "family". Residents of all ages in Hibbing began their organizing process in early 2017. Watch for exciting updates in the months to come.

is one of the newest AGE to age sites, established in late 2016, and includes the communities of Finland, Silver Bay and the surrounding area.