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2017-18 Student Fellows with Dr. Bopp and Ms. Story

Intergenerational Connections Grant

Wofford College, under the direction of Dr. Kara Bopp, received a renewal for a $12k grant from CIC (Council of Independent Colleges) and AARP Foundation. In the 2017-18 academic year the grant paid a stipend to 12 student fellows who organized and led over 160 workshops that allowed ~75+ Wofford students and ~200+ low-income older adults to interact. In the 2018-19 academic year, the workshops will continue with 7 student fellows.

Weekly 1-hour workshops allow younger and older adults to interact through simple conversation, writing or other art forms at community locations for 10 weeks during each of the fall and spring semesters.

At the end of the 2017-18 school year, the “int-gen” team held an exhibit for all participants that showcased the intergenerational relationships formed and the creative products from both age groups. The personal connections – within and across the age groups – supports the social, cognitive and emotional needs of the older adults while providing an impactful civic engagement opportunity for students.

Dr. Kara Bopp, Associate Professor of Psychology, will lead the project with the assistance of Ms. Jessalyn Story, Director of Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL).

To learn more, feel free to read the full 2017-18 CIC-AARP grant proposal here. And renewal for 2018-19 here. And see all media releases here.

  • If you are Wofford student and would like to apply to be a Fellow for 2018-19, please find information here and click here for the application.
  • If you are a Wofford student interested in participating in workshops, please contact one of the student Fellows or Dr. Bopp. The opportunity is open to any student group searching for community outreach/volunteer/service opportunity. Use this website to sign-up to attend a workshop using the link below to a GoogleDoc.
  • If you are a community member interested in starting workshops at your location, please contact Dr. Bopp.


2017-18 Workshop Locations and workshop day/time:

(Students: sign up to attend workshop here or contact a Fellow)

  • Archibald Rutledge Apartments (Mon 4-5pm)
  • JC Bull Apartments (Mon 3:30-4:30pm)
  • Northwest Community Center (Tue 11:15-11:45; Fri 9:15-10:15)
  • TW Edwards Community Center (Tue 11am-12)
  • Camp Croft Apartments (Tue 3-4pm)
  • White Oak Manor Nursing Home (Wed 2:30-3:30)
  • Spartanburg Library (main branch) (Wed 3-4, not every week – see schedule)
  • Elite Senior Day Center (Thur 11-12)
  • Pacifica at Skylyn Continuing Care Facility (Fri 3-4)

For more information about the workshop locations, click here.

A HUGE thank you goes to all of the 2017-18 Student Fellows! You can meet them here.


Contact information:
Dr. Kara Bopp: or 864-597-4645
Ms. Jessalyn Story: or 864-597-4403


Go To:
2017-18 Fellows
2017-18 Workshop location information
Inter-gen connections Exhibit: Products from workshops 2017-18
Student Fellow information and application for 2018-19
Inter-gen connections in the media