The Denver Center for International Studies partners with Bessie’s Hope to provide a meaningful intergenerational service opportunity for the students. All activities through Bessie’s Hope are focused on volunteers doing things with the nursing home elders, not to them or for them. Choices, decision making, and active participation help engage the elders at their highest level of cognitive functioning. Communication and leadership skills are enhanced for the youth. What joy is experienced by youth and elders, and both look forward to the next visit. After the visit at which these photos were taken, one of the boys said, “Every kid needs to get to do this. It’s important.”
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