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Intergenerational Connections Grant Description:

Wofford College, under the direction of Dr. Kara Bopp, received a $12k grant from CIC (Council of Independent Colleges) and AARP Foundation. The grant will pay a stipend to 10 student fellows from August 2017 – May 2018 that will organize and lead a series of workshops that will allow Wofford students and low-income older adults to interact. Weekly 1hr workshops that engage creativity through writing or other art forms will take place primarily at community locations for 10 weeks during each of the fall and spring semesters. At the end of the school year, fellows will provide a public display of the collective creative works showcasing the intergenerational learning and needs of this invisible population. The personal connections – within and across the age groups – will support the social, cognitive and emotional needs of the older adults while providing an impactful civic engagement opportunity for our students.

To learn more, feel free to read the full CIC-AARP grant proposal here.

Meet the Fellows here.

Workshop Locations and workshop day/time (updated for Spring 2018):
(Students: sign up to attend workshop here or contact a Fellow)

  • Northwest Community Center (Tue 11:15-11:45 starting March 6)
  • TW Edwards Community Center (Tue 11am-12)
  • Elite Senior Day Center (Thur 11-12)
  • Archibald Rutledge Apartments (Mon 4-5pm)
  • JC Bull Apartments (Mon 3:30-4:30pm)
  • Camp Croft Apartments (Tue 3-4pm)
  • White Oak Manor Nursing Home (Wed 2:30-3:30)
  • Pacifica at Skylyn Continuing Care Facility (Fri 3-4)

For more information about the workshop locations, click here.

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).

  • If you are a Wofford student interested in joining workshops, please contact one of the student Fellows! The opportunity is open to any student group searching for community outreach/volunteer/service opportunity.
  • If you are a community member interested in workshops, please contact Dr. Bopp.

Fellows: See Intergenerational Fellow position information.

Media release about grant by CIC.

Contact information:

Dr. Kara Bopp: or 864-597-4645

Ms. Jessalyn Story: or 864-597-4403