People are living longer lives than ever. But while the ability to enjoy fulfillment and independence after retirement is wonderful, it also poses a challenge: How do we keep our youngest and oldest generations connected?
GrandGarden is an outsourced mobile gardening after-school program for K-2 that uses aging adults as mentors in order to bridge the gap between societies youth and oldest. Our unique mobile garden allows each truck to work at five schools a week. Our state of the art truck allows for older adults to comfortably garden while encouraging K-2 children to get involved as well.
Reasons for intergenerationality
- As of the most recent census in 2010, people aged 65+ make up 13% of the US population, a huge increase from 4% a century ago
- In the West US, the age 65+ population has increased nearly 25% between the 2000 census and 2010 census
- Youth involved in intergenerational mentoring programs are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school.
- Intergenerational programs bring together diverse groups and networks and help dispel innacurate and negative stereotypes.