Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Jarrott!
Dr. Jarrott recently received a USDA grant entitled, “Building Relationships Intergenerationally through Guided Mentoring – BRIDGE2Health: An intergenerational mentoring program.”
This five-year $1.28M project takes an intergenerational community-based participatory research approach to programming in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and Amherst County, Virginia.
The focal population will be teenagers, approximately half of whom are in foster and kinship (e.g., grandparent) care, and older adult participants, including volunteers affiliated with a local partner. Annual cohorts of paired teen and older adult mentors will engage in a train-the-trainer model by which participants build skills with age peers and then with intergenerational partners before engaging in community outreach.
By engaging teens and older adults as partners in evidence-based curricula to identify needs and assets to which they can jointly respond through bi-directional mentoring, we anticipate achievement of short-term goals that include formation of trusting, supportive relationships, positive social norms, and belonging. Long-term goals include teen skill building and resilience and older adults’ generative achievement. The two communities, working with OSU Extension, and VCE, will have better coordinated, sustainable services reflecting community needs.