Wow, its hard to imagine that these last few months have flown by so quickly, but we have recently completed ALL GOLD SCOUT GOLD AWARD SESSIONS! Don’t forget to come over to my house (955 Old Place Dr.) to pick up some sweets, Senior-Youth Interaction Initiative T-shirts, and result analysis of our three sessions. This entire project would have been impossible without every single one of you! I love all my supporters and helpers of the project; just remember the memories and the difference you have made in the community through this Girl Scout Gold Award Journey, I hope you never forget your contribution to the North Fulton communities! Don’t forget, though this the end of the project collaboration effort, the Senior’Youth Interaction Program is NOT over. We ned your help over the summer to keep the spirit of age segregation alive (don’t forget the pledges)!
P.S. for further information regarding the project contact me or send an email to MiltonMIST, we will be happy to sort through your volunteer hours.
Hey guys! We just finished our second session of the Senior-Youth Interaction Initiative, I am so glad we had an amazing turnout of both seniors and youth volunteers. Make sure to send in your feedback results along with the surveys so we can keep an account of these sessions for future analysis. Thanks again, you guys are awesome!!
Milton MIST is the best blogging website there is, but even so we have to admit that Henrik Edberg makes a blog post to blow ours out of the water. Finding positivity in mundane life is rightfully aligned with the MIST theme of “finding perfection in an imperfect world.” Check it out: http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2014/04/09/how-to-stay-positive/
Here is a “Shmoop worthy” surmise of what we gleaned from her info:
1. Find the optimistic viewpoint in a negative situation.
2. Cultivate and live in a positive environment.
3. Go slowly.
4. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
5. Don’t let vague fears hold you back from doing what you want.
6. Add value and positivity to someone else’s life.
7. Exercise regularly and eat and sleep well.
8. Learn to take criticism in a healthy way.
9. If something still gets under your skin then know what to do.
10. Start your day in a positive way.
11. Mindfully move through your day.
The Girl Scout Project addresses the lack of awareness of age-segregation and building isolation among generations in our society, which directly affects the health stability of seniors as well as the social health of the youth. The target audience is seniors and youth members of my community. Intergenerational relation issues, a recognized dilemma by United Nations, expand globally by affecting the economic, social, cultural, political and demographic structures of countries worldwide. The project assisted in increasing cooperation, interaction, exchange between generations, developing communication skills, and supporting strong relationships that benefited seniors, youth, and the community. The goal was to educate at least 50 youth and seniors in my community about age-segregation, involve at least 15 seniors in activities with the youth, involve at least 15 youth participants in activities with the seniors, and sustain my efforts with at least 3 other senior centers in the Atlanta area. The benefits focused upon seniors and youth in my community. They developed a positive, enthusiastic attitude when they participated in these relationship-building activities. The seniors especially had a more optimistic and purposeful outlook on life and the youth developed social skills that improved their social health.
Through the Girl Scout Program, these Muslim girls represented their MSA by volunteering at their local Senior Center! They participated in various intergenerational activities such as teaching seniors about technology, health/ fitness, and mental wellness
What is Generations United?
According to http://www.gu.org/ABOUTUS.aspx,
“Generations United’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all. For nearly three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together. We believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.”
This mission statement is analogous to the Senior-Youth Interaction Initiative Program. Make sure to read their page to find out more about age segregation awareness!
Ibtihaj Muhammad, featured in this picture, is an American sabre fencer, and a member of the United States. She attended the CAIR Gala in hope of breaking stereotypes in the Islamic community.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was created as an “organization that challenges stereotypes of Islam and Muslims” (CAIR letter to Vice President Gore, 10/06/1995), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group and an organization dedicated to providing an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public. Prior to establishing CAIR, its founders observed that “the core challenge [in America], that of stereotyping and defamation, was having a devastating effect on our children and paralyzing adults from taking their due roles in civic affairs” (“The Link,” a newsletter published by Americans for Middle East Understanding, February-March 2000).