Over the last year, the BOAA and many local high schools and the Clarington Firehouse Youth Centre has been working hand in hand to provide engaging opportunities for both seniors and youth in the community. This time last year, BOAA was granted a New Horizons for Seniors Program Grant to implement “Growing Together – An Intergenerational Approach”. Take a look below at the many smiling faces: BOAA members, Clarington Central Secondary School students, Bowmanville High School Students and Clarington Firehouse Youth Centre.
Objectives of this program included:
Promoting volunteerism among older adults and other generations
Engaging older adults and youth in the community through the mentoring of others
Supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors and youth
Providing additional programs and events to at-risk youth within our community
Providing social interaction opportunities to isolated seniors
Increasing the number of older adults and youth playing an active role within the community
Increasing the awareness of older adults on the important role youth play for the future
Increasing the understanding and awareness that our youth have on older adults
Improving partnerships with all levels of government, not for profits and service groups within our community
Program Successes include:
– Spring/Summer Softball on Friday mornings at 9 am with the Firehouse Youth Centre
– Partnership programming with Clarington Central Secondary School for:
performance for the November 11th Remembrance Day ServiceSassy & Sexy Grandma Makeovers at CCSSICE Training ChallengeOrganization and Implementation of BOAA Geek Squad Program o Interviews regarding marriage and relationships o Financial Seminar with BOAA Member Ted Graham IT and Programming Seminar with BOAA Member Alan TibblesYouth Volunteer assisted with the Christmas Theatre Production SoundYouth from Theatre Arts Class participated in our Christmas Theatre Production 18BOAA Craft Group joined to create wire sculpturesHoliday Baking Session with students and staffWeekly Yogalates & Zumba on Tuesday and Thursdays for BOAA female members and Grade 10 Female Phys Ed StudentsWeekly Guided Meditation course offered on Thursday mornings by BOAA members and instructor Les-Lee Bell to grade nine students at Clarington Central Secondary School
We look forward to working with our local youth in the future and thank everyone for their participation!