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Two Generations -- Partners in Prevention

NCJ Number
Date Published
July 1999
8 pages
Publication Series
Bringing together the energy, skills, and insights of two generations, especially the idealism of youth and the wisdom of age, provides communities with a powerful volunteer force for a wide range of crime prevention initiatives.
An important first step in promoting collaboration between senior citizens and young people is to find out what both age groups think about each other. In addition, an effort should be made to involve both age groups in project planning and leadership. Once a committee or a working group has been formed, members should share information about skills, interests, and experiences. Understanding what each age group and individual brings to a project can help to make the most of available talents. When different generations are involved, particular attention should be paid to communication issues and to how each age group can serve the other. Senior citizens can be mentors to young people, help them learn new skills, and provide advice on education and career decisions. Young people can provide errand, escort, and transportation services to senior citizens and can also conduct visits and prepare meals. Steps in conducting a successful project include assessing community needs, lining up resources, acting on plans, and monitoring and evaluation. Challenges that may be faced in planning and implementing a project are noted, as well as rewards and ways in which a project can be evaluated.

Date Published: July 1, 1999