Savannah Valley District

Colleton 4-H and CRW FCL – Closing the Generational Gap

Dawn Stuckey, 4-H Youth Development Agent – Colleton and Hampton Counties

Intergenerational projects are projects where members of different generations work together. By working together, young people and older adults bring tremendous benefits to their community. From art programs to community gardens, there are many ways that different generations can come together as a team and gain an appreciation for one another. In December, Colleton 4-H Club Members and Colleton, Ruffin, Washington Family and Community Leaders Club Members participated in a joint meeting to work together for a common goal – cookie decorating! Research shows that young members who had adult mentors were 46% less likely to use drugs, 50% less likely to skip school, and 33% less likely to exhibit violent behavior. Relationships with adults matter in young people’s lives. They are also a critical ingredient in the well-being of adults as well. Older adults who invest in, care for, and develop the next generation are three times more likely to be happy and have better mental and physical health overall. The next time you have a project, consider working with a different age group and see how they grow.

Colleton County 4-H Club members and Colleton, Ruffin, Washington Family and Community Leaders.

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