The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona offered members a chance to take part in a creative intergenerational program on Saturdays during this spring. The program was a collaborative learning group between OLLI and Youth Volunteer Corps Youth Count, a service-based program dedicated to creating quality opportunities for young people ages 11-18 to enrich their lives, address community needs and develop a lifetime commitment to service.

The goal of this intergenerational learning group is to bring together people of all generations to heighten environmental and conservation awareness in the community.

This learning group united teens from Youth Count with OLLI seniors in one classroom session followed by a series of field trips and a service project. They began with an introduction to environmental issues, followed by field trips to an organic farm in Chino Valley that supplies food the tri-cities area and kayaking on Watson Lake to clean up the shoreline, accompanied with information about local water issues and riparian habitat. They helped with the Join Hands clean-up in Prescott Valley, toured the APS Prescott solar power plant at the airport, and the Yavapai College Chino Valley Agribusiness and Science Center.

Taken from the spring 2006 course catalog.




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