Twenty-One CIC Institutions Selected for Intergenerational Connections Pilot

CIC’s newest initiative, “Intergenerational Connections: Students Serving Older Adults,” announced last November, is designed to encourage college students to help low-income older adults (ages 50 and older) tackle key life challenges and by doing so acquire valuable service learning experiences. Developed with support from the AARP Foundation, the initiative provides CIC member colleges and universities with grants to create or expand campus-based projects that engage students in addressing four key needs of older adults in their campuses’ communities: healthy diets, safe and affordable housing, income-generation, and social interaction.

female student showing an older female her smartphone screenCIC received an overwhelming number of proposals for this pilot project by the February 2017 proposal deadline. In April, CIC selected 21 of the 92 applicant institutions to receive grants of up to $13,000 (see the list below). These institutions will implement a diverse range of projects during the 2017–2018 academic year, including initiatives that will

  • Fight food insecurity by engaging students and older adults in work at a local community garden, using the harvested crops to prepare nutritious meals;
  • Support aging in place in rural communities by conducting home visits that focus on home safety, fall prevention, energy conservation, and health management; and
  • Combat social isolation and income-generation challenges by having students teach older adults basic computing and internet literacy skills.

”The wide-ranging proposals we received from CIC colleges and universities were impressive,” said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president emerita of Wells College (NY). “We’re excited about their potential to help build a national network of programs that serve older adults.”

Project organizers from the 21 institutions also will participate in an online community and an interactive webinar series to discuss their projects, challenges, successes, and best practices in order to develop a national project network that serves older adults in college and university communities.

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Institutions Selected for Intergenerational Connections Project (2017–2018)

​Bay Path University (MA)
Bridgewater College (VA)
Caldwell University (NJ)
Campbell University (NC)
Coe College (IA)
Dominican University of California
Dominican University (IL)
Elizabethtown College (PA)
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (LA)
Goodwin College (CT)
Hilbert College (NY)
​Holy Names University (CA)
Jarvis Christian College (TX)
Meredith College (NC)
Pfeiffer University (NC)
Rust College (MS)
Shenandoah University (VA)
Springfield College (MA)
Wheeling Jesuit University (WV)
Whitman College (WA)
Wofford College (SC)