ERIC Number: ED414301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Evaluation of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps Intergenerational Projects. Generations Together: An Intergenerational Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh.
Staff from Generations Together evaluated the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps' intergenerational projects to give the Corps a better understanding of the views of project participants, to identify problems, and to offer recommendations for improvements. These Conservation Corps programs teamed older workers as group leaders or Corps members with younger workers, many of whom were at-risk urban youth. Data were gathered from site visits at three sites that used a variety of approaches and combinations of older and younger workers. Questionnaires were completed by 4 administrators, 5 crew leaders, and 27 crew members. Almost all of the participants rated the training workshops as very successful, citing learning about working together and group dynamics as the major benefits of participation. Administrators acknowledged problems related to finance and budgeting, but all felt that their intergenerational crew leaders were doing an outstanding job. Younger and older crew members appeared to relate well to one another on the crews, and members of both groups agreed that the program fostered positive attitudes between the generations. Most crew members indicated that their views of older persons had always been positive, so that the work experience did not change their attitudes very much. Problems were noted in some areas generally related to setting goals and providing training. Generations Together staff recommended promoting an enhanced awareness of intergenerational issues and defining goals more completely. Four appendixes contain a questionnaire about the workshops and one for each group surveyed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Age Differences, Age Groups, Attitude Change, Budgeting, Community Programs, Conservation (Environment), Intergenerational Programs, Older Adults, Questionnaires, Training, Urban Youth, Workshops, Young Adults
Generations Together, Publications, 121 University Place, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15260-5907 ($12.50, Publication No. 904).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Generations Together.