Recruiting Seniors for Legacy Project

The Legacy Project: Connecting Generations through Story, a collaborative exchange between Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) and Glencoe Junior High Project (GJHP), returns in February 2018 after a hugely successful inaugural program. The project is designed to connect middle school students with community elders through the sharing of stories via interviews. This collaboration echoes the oral traditions of the past with a little help from modern technology.

Facilitated by FSG Staff Therapist, Chuck Hutchcraft, LCSW, and GJHP Executive Director Audra Donnelly, The Legacy Project will provide enriching experiences for all participants. Both students and seniors will gain different perspectives on life and acquire a sense of curiosity by looking through the lenses of a generation other than their own.

Students will learn and develop the art of interviewing. They will also review social and political history encompassing a senior’s life span as well as issues related to aging. Seniors will have the opportunity to look back, see value in their lives, and share wisdom and knowledge.

The intergenerational project takes place over eight sessions February 1 through March 22 on consecutive Thursdays, 3-5pm, at the Central School Oasis. Stories and the experience of telling and hearing those stories will be shared in late April.

FSG is looking for older Glencoe residents willing to be interviewed by a Central School student. Seniors will meet with students for five sessions. There are a limited number of spaces available. Please confirm your interest by Friday, January 26. For more information, or to sign up to participate, please email chuck@familyserviceofglencoe.org or call 847-835-5111.