The Eisner Foundation Honors Bridge Meadows and the Intergenerational Schools as Winners of the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence

Posted: December 19, 2014

$100,000 Prizes Awarded to Non-Profits for Exceptional Intergenerational Programming

On October 29, 2014, the Eisner Foundation honored Bridge Meadows of Portland, Oregon, and the Intergenerational Schools of Cleveland, Ohio, with The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, a $100,000 prize that recognizes an individual or a non-profit organization for efforts to unite multiple generations – especially seniors and youth – and bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities.

For fourteen years The Intergenerational School (TIS) has been a transformative model of lifelong learning positively impacting costs and outcomes associated with educating children and engaging older adults, including those with dementia.  Based on its success and community interest, there are now three Intergenerational Schools operating in Cleveland, providing a free public education to over 500 young learners and enhancing learning and brain health or hundreds of adults, including elders. The Intergenerational Schools feature an innovative kindergarten through 8th grade developmental curriculum that is proven to foster student achievement. Modeled on building relationships of reciprocal respect and learning, multi-age classrooms give every child the opportunity to serve as both teacher and learner. Classes have a range of ages (spanning 3-4 years) and abilities, creating a dynamic and individualized learning environment. Students learn with a lifespan perspective and benefit from daily interactions with a diverse group of adults and elders who participate fully in the school community as mentors, tutors, and co-learners. Read more.

Bridge Meadows is a unique multi-generational community (located in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland, OR) where adoptive parents, foster children, and low-income elders –those over 55 – find a true home built with love and the shared vision of a better tomorrow. Children move from the instability of foster care placements to permanent homes and families. Adoptive families receive essential resources and guidance, and low-income elders each volunteer 100 hours/quarter in service to the community. Read more.

The full Eisner Foundation press release can be found online.