In the Journey Towards
Peace documentary, differences of opinion are clearly divided along generational
lines on several issues, such as the relevance of the history of slavery and
the importance of affirmative action programs.
and conflicts have been around practically since the beginning of time. Throughout
history, young and old have clashed over ideas and philosophies. While generational
differences can sometimes act as a polarizing force, people all over the country
have also found creative ways to use the wisdom of the elders and the vitality
of the younger generation to bridge that gap:
- Linking Intergenerational
Networks in Communities (LINC) is a five-year program that teams youths
and seniors together to solve problems in the communities of South Carolina.
LINC aspires to provide youths with mentors and role models, foster intergenerational
understanding, and strengthen the community through volunteer projects,
through team training on group dynamics, service skills and community awareness.
Teens and seniors gain these skills together as they work on the particular
need in their communities.
- Yearbook is
an intergenerational play that takes a look at issues that affect both seniors
and teens. Race relations, family, substance abuse and peer pressure are
some of the issues tackled in this 50-minute play. With a cast of four young
people and two seniors, Yearbook has been performed over 40 times
in schools, libraries and community centers in the Pittsburgh area.
- Over 100 volunteers
make up the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, whose members
range from ages 8 to 87 and hail from approximately 33 New Jersey neighborhoods.
Believed to be the only one of its kind, the NJIO has performed for NBC,
CBS and at the United Nations.
discussing the need for affirmative action the students express strong opinions
on the need to continue programs that grant a privilege to one group and not
another. Watch this streaming video clip of their discussion and then make
up your mind.