University of Pittsburgh
June 26, 2003

Pitt's Generations Together Hosts Training Institute To Help Practitioners Unite the Young with the Old

Contact: 

Sharon Blake

412-624-4364

Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—Generations Together, an intergenerational studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, will host the 11th Annual Training Institute

July 9-11 on Pitt's Oakland campus.

Nearly 100 human service and health professionals, educators, and program administrators will attend a variety of interactive workshops. Topics range from planning and implementing intergenerational programming to writing grant proposals to recruiting youth and the elderly to working with and training young people and senior citizens.

"Intergenerational approaches to issues that affect children, teenagers, and older adults are critical in light of dwindling resources," says Jim McCrea, director of Generations Together. "At Carrick High School, for example, where retired Westinghouse engineers tutor students in math and science, an intergenerational approach results in a more productive retirement for the adults and academic improvement for the students. This conference focuses on building the skills of those who coordinate such programs."

Valerie Kuehne, associate vice president of academics at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, will deliver the keynote address at noon July 9 at the University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland. For almost 20 years, Kuehne has been investigating relationships between older adults and youth as they occur in schools, children day care services, and adult day services. Her insight into the latest research on intergenerational programs and approaches will assist the audience in developing effective intergenerational relationships in their own programs.

For more information about the conference, contact Joanne Dunmyre at

412-648-7150 or wdunmyre@adelphia.net. Cost for the conference is $335, which includes all sessions and educational materials, three lunches, and coffee breaks.

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