ERIC Number: ED452465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Two Generations: Partners in Prevention. Youth in Action. Bulletin, Number 5.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Young and old joining together in intergenerational projects where they share their insights, skills, and experiences can strengthen community ties and improve the well-being of all participants. This bulletin explores ways both younger and older members of a community can work together on a crime prevention initiative. Such a partnership in prevention can help organize neighborhoods; decrease vandalism; provide a service to the elderly; and offer mentors to young people. Suggestions are provided on how to start a two-generation crime prevention program. Ways to keep the project going and some of the anticipated challenges of running such a project are also discussed. Several questions can be considered to help evaluate whether the project has met the original goals. Does it eliminate or reduce stereotypes about youth and seniors? Has it helped reduce older citizens' fears of youth in the community? Has it raised community members' awareness of problems in their neighborhood? Performing a follow-up survey several months into the project will show whether attitudes have changed, whether fears have decreased, and what positive discoveries each group has made about the other. A list of seven resources is included. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.