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Program would link youth and seniors

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

The Community Training and Development Centre's Madelaine Currelly says an exciting program linking youth and seniors is in the planning stages.
VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

The Community Training and Development Centre's Madelaine Currelly says an exciting program linking youth and seniors is in the planning stages. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

NORTHUMBERLAND  - 

A program to bring seniors and youth together for mutually beneficial reasons is the brain child of he Community Training and Development Centre's (CTDC) Madelaine Currelly and members of the Sam Katz Community Health and Aging Centre from Western University.

Both Gold winners of the “Global Best” for North America, the idea was spawned at an Oslo education-and-training conference during the awards' presentations, Currelly said in an interview Monday.

“We started talking about the two demographics and that they are so intertwined,” she said.

In Northumberland with the senior population (55-plus) approaching 50% and so many youth leaving to find jobs, they discussed coming up with a way to help both groups at the same time: seniors who have skills, abilities and knowledge while also having needs to be met; and youth who could learn some of those to help in future careers and even develop entrepreneurial opportunities, Currelly said of the concept.

The target youth group would be those in grades 11 and 12 and post-secondary.

A meeting between representatives of the two groups met earlier this month and now potential funding is being sought.

The CTDC won its globe award for a youth employability project where young people created and acted in videos about job-search strategies while the Western University Centre's gold award was for a project about helping seniors age in place.

vmacdonald@postmedia.com

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