AGE to age: bringing the generations together is the newest member of the KIDS PLUS family. Launched in fall 2008, this exciting initiative enables elders, adults, and youth to explore how their generations are both alike and different. The program is designed to strengthen relationships among all ages and offer older adults and young people with opportunities and resources to work together to benefit their communities. Its success has exceeded every expectation, including spurring over 7,500 hours of volunteer service each year among adults ages 55 and older!
Through a guided planning process, older and younger community members identify local needs and devising their own grassroots solutions. Representatives from all AGE to age sites meet regularly to share ideas. Each site forms and implements its own strategic action plan that joins the generations in local projects to improve thealth and wellbeing across the generations, with support from the Northland Foundation and its funding partners.
AGE to age sites are now established and are making positive change in 13 rural communities and Reservations: Bois Forte Reservation, Chisholm, Cloquet, Floodwood, Fond du Lac Reservation, Grand Portage Reservation, Itasca Area, McGregor, Moose Lake, Proctor, Aitkin, International Falls, and Two Harbors.
The energy generated by AGE to age has created infrastructure in rural communities and Reservations that did not previously exist. New ideas and projects "hit the ground running" thanks to the strengthened community connections and established network of volunteers eager to become involved. Among these efforts are:
AGE to age is making a positive difference in the lives of children, youth and older adults while enhancing the vitality of rural communities and Indian Reservations. Learn more through a number of resources which share how communities have embraced AGE to age.
We gratefully acknowledge the partner organizations whose support has contributed to the success of AGE to age. They are Community Experience Partnership – an initiative for U.S. community foundations from The Atlantic Philanthropies; Bush Foundation; Otto Bremer Foundation; Blandin Foundation; The Sheltering Arms Foundation; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation; Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation; and Communities for All Ages.
Age to age has earned national accolades for successfully bringing older adults together with youth in rural small towns and reservations. It is the community members themselves who deserve recognition for embracing the opportunity to connect with other generations and enhance their communities.