Generations United’s designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for high-quality intergenerational programs
BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 13, 2022 –Following a rigorous independent review process, CitySites, the signature intergenerational program offered by Boston nonprofit LBFE Boston | Little Brothers –Friends of the Elderly, has been named one of 11 Programs of Distinction by Generations United, a national nonprofit, whose mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.
Through CitySites’ comprehensive approach to relieving isolation and loneliness, and in partnership with service-learning and community engagement programs at several Boston colleges and universities, LBFE Boston offers weekly social activities and has connected hundreds of older and younger participants in more than 17 low-income senior housing buildings and senior centers across the city.
“From its inception, LBFE Boston’s intergenerational CitySites program has been committed to high-quality, data-driven, participatory program design,” said Nikki Shults, Executive Director of LBFE Boston. “We’re delighted that Generations United has recognized our asset-based, multilingual, and community-centered approach to intergenerational programs and connections. Being named a Program of Distinction comes with a level of recognition that will help LBFE Boston continue to expand our reach and impact.”
“Achieving this recognition is a major accomplishment. The Intergenerational Program Certification is the only U.S. ‘seal of approval’ for intergenerational programs and the application and review process are rigorous,” said Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United.
Intergenerational programs foster connections between generations. By sharing experiences and conversations, a mutually beneficial friendship forms, positively impacting individuals and their community.