Our "Generation Connection" series of videos and print resources have had a positive effect in the community over the years. The stories and insights shared have formed the basis for countless interactions and discussions. Some of them have also reached a wide audience through television broadcast.
Our resources can help you and your group or class to increase awareness of intergenerational issues, stimulate discussions, and encourage interaction. They can form the foundation of a rewarding discussion or workshop.
In a rare encounter, a class of high school students and seniors exchange ideas and confront challenging issues. This interaction initiates changes in perception and understanding and leads to greater mutual acceptance.
A stimulating classroom encounter between seniors and high school students leads to another more in-depth meeting and subsequently to extroardinary one-to-one discussions. The result is greater understanding and keener perceptions for both generations.
The issue as seen through the eyes of adolescents, is the story of Norman, an older man abused by his grown sons. The video provides powerful stimulus for discussion on a wide variety of sensitive topics.
Informative and thought-provoking, it underscores the importance of raising awareness at an early age about issues related to troubled families, isolation, helplessness, self-esteem, power and control.
In this intimate conversation between a teenage girl and a senior woman, we gain fundamental insights about self-esteem and self-direction. The older woman, drawing upon past experiences, helps the girl to be less critical of herself and feel less pressure from her peers and her future. Reach Out For A Friend illustrates the benefits derived from this intergenerational encounter.
Survival and Beyond provides an opportunity to listen deeply to an elderly man discuss not only his depression but also his many suicide attempts. We meet his son, grandson and daughter-in-law, who each movingly describe their feelings about this courageous man who struggled for many years with depression and suicidal behaviors.
This video documents a visit by a group of seniors to a grade 5/6 class. The multicultural experience gives the young people an opportunity to practice their listening and questioning skills in a realistic social environment. Newly acquired skills promote an easy flow of information and communication between the generations. Curiosity and imagination are stimulated, resulting in enlightened, positive perceptions of the elderly and of different ethnic groups.
An eye-opening look at seniors and teenagers sharing creative experiences which help them develop empathy for one another. This dynamic interchange results in changing attitudes and eliminating stereotypes.
After experiencing an unusual and stimulating discussion with a group of seniors at a high school (as seen in Changing Perceptions), a number of the students arranged a second meeting with the seniors. What follows is a more in-depth exchange on contemporary issues, as both groups discover many common interests.