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Approach

Communities for All Ages is a life span approach to community building that can used by community leaders, organizations and institutions to:

  • address critical issues from a multi-generational, cross-sector perspective
  • increase social capital across age, race, ethnicity and class
  • improve the well-being of people at every life stage
  • change community norms to reflect a sense of shared fate and collective responsibility for the well-being of all residents

The Communities for All Ages approach, both local and national in scope, intentionally breaks out of age specific “silos” that create artificial barriers between generations.  The Communities for All Ages National Office works in three major areas:  

1. Supporting community building efforts with local Communities for All Ages sites, funded by the Kellogg foundation and numerous local foundations.  Each site has brought together residents of all ages, local institutions/organizations, policy makers, funders, and media to build on common concerns (e.g. safety, education and life long learning, health and wellness and immigrant integration) and create positive community change. This place-based approach allows each community to define itself and to craft a culturally specific vision and plan for action using key Communities for All Ages strategies: 

  • Developing alliances across diverse organizations and systems
  • Engaging community residents of all ages in leadership roles
  • Creating places, practices and policies that promote interaction across ages
  • Expanding on opportunities and supports to meet needs across the life span

2. Developing peer learning opportunities and knowledge generation including curriuclum, web based learning and resource sharing for community leaders, organizations, and funders interested in incorproating intergenerational strategies into existing efforts.

3. Providing tailored training and technical assistance to increase the capacity of organizations working in the fields of early childhood, education, youth development, community and economic development, immigrant integration, public health and aging to utilize intergenerational strategies that support the well being and success of all generations.  
 

 

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