National Office: The Intergenerational Center
The Communities for All Ages National Offfice is housed at The Intergenerational Center at Temple University
History & Mission
Founded in 1979, The Intergenerational Center at Temple University strengthens communities by bringing generations together to address critical concerns and creating opportunities for lifelong civic engagement. The Center achieves its mission by developing effective and sustainable intergenerational models, providing training and technical assistance to organizations and state/local governments, conducting research, and developing materials to facilitate replication of successful models. It serves as an international resource for organizations and communities.
For over 30 years, the Center has mobilized thousands of older adults and youth to serve as resources to each other and their communities. Older adults have served as literacy tutors, youth and family mentors, parent outreach workers, and oral historians. Young people have provided respite services to frail elderly and their families, helped older immigrants and refugees learn English and prepare to become U.S. citizens, and provided support to kinship caregivers and their children. The Center’s National Training and Technical Assistance Division has helped hundreds of non-profit organizations, foundations, and government agencies infuse intergenerational strategies into their activities, programs and services. In 2011, The Intergenerational Center was awarded the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.