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Community 100 – “GenBridge” Project brings together students and seniors

Posted on Dec 16th 2016 by in Lions100, News

Social Media has become a barrier in the interaction between young people and elders in communities. Consequently, there is an overall inability to relate and share their life stories. The GenBridge project is a way to engage all generations of the community in an educational and unified manner.

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Lions Club President Michael Fogden and GenBridge Founder Jo Peters

Lions Club President Michael Fogden and GenBridge Founder Jo Peters

Three senior secondary students will be trained as Biography Volunteers; each matched with an elder in the community to record, transcribe and polish their life stories. Once complete, the elders are presented with a spiral bound book with photographs. The other aspect of the project is the Exchange Student for a week, whereby a volunteer elder will experience the lives of Australian secondary students. The students and elder will both complete a video log to record their experiences and thoughts.

At the end of the project, the information is surveyed and documented, then shared to clubs throughout Australia. The goal is to  inspire others to build on the program and lead a project in their community.

To mark Lions Club International’s centennial, Lions Australia has given away more than $100,000 to over 100 local projects (in the form of $1000 Community 100 grants). This Yankalilla & District Lions Club project makes a difference to the community.

Lions Australia have a proud history and therefore it is fitting to mark the international organisation’s centenary of service by doing what has made the organisation great, helping others.

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