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Toolkits and Manuals
RESOURCES: Toolkits and Manuals | Research and Evaluation | Articles | Videos

Time Out Program Manual

This handbook is designed to help colleges/universities develop opportunities for engaging young people in meaningful activities that reduce the isolation of frail older adults and support caregiving families, as well as contribute to their own personal and professional development. It describes concrete steps for implementing an effective intergenerational respite care program that benefits older adults, caregivers, and students. Although it is written primarily for colleges and universities, the program could also be coordinated by social service agencies in partnership with institutions of higher education.

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Friendship Across Cultures Replication Guide

This replication manual is designed for community-based organizations and refugee resettlement agencies interested in harnessing the skills and talents of retired women and refugee women to build welcoming relationships and support the long-term integration of refugees into American communities. The Friendship Across Cultures program (FAC), developed in collaboration by The Intergenerational Center at Temple University (IGC) and Lutheran Children and Family Services (LCFS) helps refugee women build on their strengths and talents, learn new skills, and access needed resources. At the same time it provides older adult women with compelling volunteer opportunities that leverage their experience and enable them to learn more about refugees living in their communities. 

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Leadership for All Ages: Generations Working Together to Strengthen Communities Curriculum

The Leadership for All Ages curriculum, designed by The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, supports leveraging the rich resources and assets that residents at all stages of life bring to community change efforts, and emphasizes the key strategies of Intergenerational Community Building. The curriculum creates a range of opportunities for residents of different generations to learn together and deepen their skills as leaders and network-builders. In doing so, it seeks to counter age-segregated approaches to community building by promoting interdependence across generations and a life span approach to community change.

Training sessions include: building relationships across age and other differences; developing a community vision for all ages; decision making and problem solving strategies for multi-age groups and teams; building social capital and social networks; active listening/ community outreach strategies for multiple generations; Managing conflicts (with an emphasis on intergenerational conflict management); advocacy through storytelling; and linking training to intergenerational civic engagement.

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Intergenerational Community Building Resource Guide

The Intergenerational Community Building Resource Guide [pdf] is designed for community leaders, organizations, funders and intermediaries interested in using an intergenerational approach to community building. The resource guide focuses on: developing/strengthening cross-sector collaboration, building intergenerational resident leadership, assessing your community using an intergenerational lens, and using intergenerational approaches for strategic planning and action.

See also the Intergenerational Approaches to Building Healthy Communities [pdf]


Intergenerational Community Building: Lessons Learned

This report, designed for national and local leaders, service providers, and policy makers, describes strategies, challenges, outcomes, and lessons learned from this multi-site national initiative. The information is based on a cross-site evaluation conducted by the Center for Assessment and Policy Development from 2008-2012 for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and insights garnered from technical assistance provided by The Intergenerational Center at Temple University. It demonstrates how intergenerational community building approaches can add value to community change efforts and promote interdependence among generations.

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Across Ages: Program Development and Training Manual

This manual provides step-by-step direction for developing each component of Across Ages: intergenerational mentoring; community service; a life skill program; and family activities. Although designed as a comprehensive multi-intervention project, each component can be implemented independently or in combination. Program forms, evaluation materials, and training designs are included. (84 pages of text; 56 pages of training tips and forms)

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Across Ages: An Intergenerational Approach to Prevention


Highlighting the activities and interaction among participants for each project component, this video provides a clear picture of Across Ages in action and promotes the benefits of intergenerational initiatives. (14:00 minutes)





Connecting Generations Strengthening Communities Toolkit

A comprehensive handbook for program planners including chapters on: assessing community needs; developing and sustaining partnerships; planning, running and evaluating your program; raising funds; and sustaining your program. The toolkit also focuses on the recruitment, training, retention and supervision of volunteers. Included with the 13-chapter handbook is a CD-ROM Toolbox with planning and evaluation tools, sample training curricula, group activities, forms to download and use for your own program, and a 15-minute DVD highlighting five intergenerational programs that improve lives and address community concerns. (232 pages)

Connecting Generations Strengthening Communities Toolkit




Elders As Mentors: A Training Program for Older Adults - Video and Facilitator's Guide


Typical mentor scenarios are presented through short dramatic skits in this video. Each vignette can be used separately in mentor training. The Guide presents process questions and activities related to the issues presented in each skit. (10:00 minutes)

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Elder Mentor Handbook


A basic resource for elder mentors working with at-risk youth. Child development issues, tips for effective communication, suggested activities, and other useful information are presented in an easy-to-read format. (52 pages)

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Open Doors, Open Hearts: A Guide to Bringing Long-term Care to Residents and Young People Together

Practical guide designed to help long-term care facilities, schools, and youth organizations create or enhance intergenerational programs. Provides tips on developing partnerships, program planning, preparing youth and residents, integrating the arts and humanities, and reflection and program assessment. Includes 26 activity plans suitable for various age groups. Companion 14-minute VHS video shows the beneficial relationships that develop in intergenerational programs. (100 pages)

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