Intergenerational Program

The Intergenerational Program at the City of Parkland provides exciting opportunities for senior adults to interact with younger generations, sharing their skills and knowledge and at the same time enjoying the energy, creativity, and vitality of the young minds.  Our intergenerational programs are designed to bring youth and senior adults into meaningful discussion.  The programs vary from educational to recreational to community service, and are often a blend of all three.

What kind of Intergenerational Programs are available?

Depending on your interests, there are a number of different intergenerational programs that would be right for you! We are always working to develop exciting new programs.  Current programs include:

"Silver Surfers"

The Intergenerational Program is a collaborative effort between the City of Parkland and Aston Gardens.  This program will match up local high school students to interested seniors that live in Aston Gardens and will provide for technology training for those participants from the facility that are eager to learn more about computer technology.

"Silver Surfers" is a volunteer-led training program that aims to make technology training for individuals over age 75 accessible, enjoyable, affordable and equitable.  This intergenerational program was designed with the challenges and barriers experience by older learners in mind such as older people's fear of technology or feeling they are too old to learn.  The aim of this program is to challenge stereotypical views and create better understanding and respect between the generations through interaction.

"Being part of the Silver Surfers program was just an amazing experience. I really enjoyed helping the senior citizens with what we know the best. I became more aware that they can actually learn and use technology; just it was a matter of spending time to teach them. I am very happy that i took part in this incredible program for the past few months."
Joelle Anter, student
 
"I received a Kindle as a gift with no accompanying instructions. I stared at it for months in frustration.
Thiago and Bree came and in one hour helped me to understand and use it. I am very grateful. Thank you!"
Ann Eisner, Aston Gardens @ Parkland Commons

"The creation of a Seniors/students interaction about electric communication equipment, that is called “Silver Surfers” is one of the brightest ideas that has come from Parkland’s Parks and Recreation department in years. While I am generally adept at using a computer there are so many things I can’t do that my grandchildren take for granted. For instance I have been completely at loss with a “smartphone”. I have had the help/advise from one of your young ladies, a junior at Douglas HS since the program started a few weeks ago. Today I met a young man, only a sophomore at the school, who gave me any number of interesting ideas. I intend to use the help of both students as I need them."
Thank you ! 
Larry Aronson, Aston Gardens @ Parkland Commons. 

"I would like to thank the City of Parkland and Aston Gardens for the meet and greet and the opportunity to learn from the unique group of student volunteers.  Not only did we learn the technical, but shared goals, hopes and thoughts with a younger generation; not always possible under normal situations.  It was like gaining another child or grandchild."
Esther Tomber, Aston Gardens @ Parkland Commons

"I would like to express my appreciation for the intergenerational technology program you recently inaugurated with the seniors of Aston Gardens.  I have been one of the lucky residents here who has benefitted from the skills, the information and the dedication of the highly motivated students who are working with us.  Beyond the very useful and satisfying results that comes from the hands on nature of the program, the opportunity for we seniors to experience the intelligence, the respectfulness, and the commitment of the student tutors is a very rewarding experience.  I hope the program will continue well into the future."
Gerri Shaw
  

Intergenerational Essay Contest

The City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department will be holding an essay contest in the month of April for Earth Day beginning Monday, March 9, 2015. The deadline for the essay contest is Monday, April 6, 2015. The theme of the essay contest is “My role as a Citizen of Earth” which is judged by a panel of older adults in the Creative Writing Club at Aston Gardens, a senior living community.  This essay contest is open to all elementary, middle and high school students. Essays will be displayed at City Hall. Certificates and prizes will be award to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place essays. 

"My Role as a Citizen of Earth"
In the vast universe, we were born on this planet called Earth, where various cultures and ethnicities, all living things, and all of nature exist together. However, in our world today, we face numerous problems--environmental destruction, resource depletion, wars and conflicts, poverty, and many more--that make our future uncertain. Given this situation, what do you think is the best way forward for humanity? How do you wish to fulfill your role as a citizen of Earth?

Intergenerational Reading Program

The Reading Program is held during the summer vacation months from June to August.  This activity is held within the Parkland Kids Camp Program and is offered to the kindergarten and first graders.  Seniors from the community arrive at the campsite to read stories to the campers that relate to the theme of the day at the camp. This program is open to all seniors in the community 65 and older that would like to participate.in reading to the campers.

For more information on the above reference programs or if you have any questions or suggestions for future programming, please contact  the Parks and Recreation Department at (954)757-4105.