EngAGE is proud to have been awarded $150,000 by the Eisner Foundation to fund our program, EngAGE Across Generations. This important program improves the quality of life for more than 750 children from grades K-11, and for over 750 low-income seniors, through intergenerational education and mentoring collaborations.
The program pairs seniors living in affordable housing with partner schools and organizations in each neighborhood in 31 sites in Southern California.
Seniors attend on-site classes at each community in the arts and lifelong learning, then apply skills learned to deepen and inform intergenerational programming with the schoolchildren. Classes and intergenerational programs happen on a semester basis and include culminating events at the end of each class/program.
Sample feedback from seniors shows a substantial increase in sense of purpose and belonging in the community at large outside their senior housing buildings, while creating improved learning situations for schoolchildren in those communities through mentoring by older adults in their neighborhood.
Thank you, Eisner Foundation, for your generous support of this program!