September brings the start of our 2019-2020 program year, and our Official First Visits. Our Linking Generations Intergenerational programs provide “mentored and structured visits” aimed at building relationships between seniors and youth in our community. Our programs bring two generations together so they can share their knowledge and life experiences and to encourage volunteering and social responsibility in youth. To ensure program success we “link” each participating senior with two youth. These two young adults will remain matched with the same senior for the complete program year. Students from Lakeland Ridge Junior High met their ‘linked’ senior from Silver Birch Manor/Lodge for the first time today, and already smiles, laughter and new memories have been shared.