Sponsored by the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA)
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County
About: The BCLT Program provides a structured opportunity for high school students to interview elders in the community about their advice for living a happy and successful life. It allows youth to learn about older people and aging, and helps to create respect for the wisdom of age and combat ageism. In addition, the program offers youth the opportunity to develop skill sets that will be useful to them in the future such as interviewing, research, and presentation skills.
Structure: The BCLT Program includes a two-day training for youth, broken up into four sessions before and after the interviews with elders. After the interviews, the youth review and organize their lessons learned. As a group, the youth then give a community presentation on the advice they learned from all the elders.
Research Component: This program is being sponsored by CITRA as part of a pilot study to determine its impact on participants’ self-esteem, communication skills, and feelings toward the other age group. To contribute to this valuable research, we are hoping to recruit 24 youth and 24 elders – half of whom would participate in the BCLT Program and half of whom would serve as the control group for the study (the study includes pre- and post-tests)
Register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/BCLT19_239
Last updated April 1, 2019