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GenBridge is a pilot program to create positive relationships between high school age youth and older adults living in Mecklenburg County. Our goal is to foster relationships between generations and promote the mission of the Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte.

Intergenerational programs like GenBridge connect generations in a way that enriches the lives of all participants, reduces social isolation and helps create community.

If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, please click the  button below to learn more about the next steps.

Did You Know? 

  • 25% of adults aged 65 and older have reported feeling socially isolated, which increases older adults’ risk for dementia by 50%.

Participation Benefits

  • Promotes a better understanding of youth

  • Helps increase a sense of community involvement

  • Decreases the feeling of isolation

  • Increases self-worth and a sense of purpose

  • Improves development of new learning skills through interaction, such as technological innovations

  • Offers youth an opportunity to give back to their community

  • Offers seniors an opportunity to pass on life skills, history, experiences and knowledge

  • Provides health benefits including decreased depression and improved physical, psychological and cognitive well-being

If you or someone you know is socially isolated or feeling lonely, please call our office at (704) 365-1995.

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