The Link Generations program at Charles E. Smith Life Communities brings together local high school students and independent living residents for sharing wisdom and learning about each other. The premise
Link Generations was recognized internationally in 2021 by UpSocial Canada, a nonprofit organization that began ten years ago in Barcelona, Spain to address social challenges in communities. UpSocial Canada launched the Caring Community Challenge for Toronto’s Bathurst and Finch Neighborhoods, focusing on models that “bolster feelings of belonging and social inclusion.” They identified more than 90 programs worldwide as models that have fostered greater inclusion across cultures and generations. They narrowed down the 90 programs to 24 feasible models for the Toronto community to review and further narrowed their search to 14 case studies. From those case studies, three innovative approaches were selected to pilot within the Bathurst and Finch Neighborhoods. Link Generations was selected to be one of those three programs.
We piloted the Link Generations program via zoom in the Toronto community in November 2021 and February 2022. You can read more about the program here.