Building a Community Legacy Together (BCLT) prgram

Worksite Location
Rockland County CCE; Chautauqua County CCE
Project Dates
June 1 – August 16
Faculty Sponsor
Karl Pillemer
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Leslie Schultz
Wages Up To
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The BCLT provides an exciting opportunity for high school-aged youth to interview elders about their advice for living. In the process of learning to interview and then interviewing elders, youth in the BCLT develop respect for older adults and the wisdom of age. Youth also develop specific skill sets that will be useful to them in the future (e.g., interviewing and research skills). For older adults, the program allows them to make meaningful connections and pass on their knowledge to younger generations, which may decrease their sense of social isolation and increase their self-esteem and sense of purpose.   The BCLT program will be implemented in the counties identified above. For each implementation the student may provide support to CCE educators in the following manner: • Assist the recruitment of youth and elder program participants • Distribute, collect pretest and posttest questionnaires • Data Entry  • Assist / teach youth training • Supervise youth / elder interviews • Assist youth with analysis of interview data • Assist youth with preparation of a community report • Assist with planning, organization, and administrative tasks related the BCLT, including scheduling training, interviews and presentations, reserving training and presentation spaces, facilitating invitations to the youth community presentation and follow-up, and project documentation and process reviews  Our learning objectives for the student intern are: • Experience the organizational and administrative process of implementing a youth program  • Teach one unit of the BCLT curriculum. Preparation and practice are expected • Organize and analyze interview data with the youth participants • Provide supervision and mentoring of the preparation of the BCLT community report  • Conduct and analyze process evaluations with BCLT implementers, youth and elder participants • Enter data from pre and post tests and provide a preliminary data analysis 

Roles and Responsibilities

Student may provide support to CCE educators in the following manner: • Assist the recruitment of youth and elder program participants • Distribute, collect pretest and posttest questionnaires • Data Entry  • Assist / teach youth training • Supervise youth / elder interviews • Assist youth with analysis of interview data • Assist youth with preparation of a community report • Assist with planning, organization, and administrative tasks related the BCLT, including scheduling training, interviews and presentations, reserving training and presentation spaces, facilitating invitations to the youth community presentation and follow-up, and project documentation and process reviews  Our learning objectives for the student intern are: • Experience the organizational and administrative process of implementing a youth program  • Teach one unit of the BCLT curriculum. Preparation and practice are expected • Organize and analyze interview data with the youth participants • Provide supervision and mentoring of the preparation of the BCLT community report  • Conduct and analyze process evaluations with BCLT implementers, youth and elder participants • Enter data from pre and post tests and provide a preliminary data analysis 

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Students will ideally be interested in working with either youth or elders or both. Courses from the Gerontology Minor course list a plus. Good organizational skills a plus.

Benefits and Skills

The BCLT program will be implemented in the counties identified above. For each implementation the student may provide support to CCE educators in the following manner: • Assist the recruitment of youth and elder program participants • Distribute, collect pretest and posttest questionnaires • Data Entry  • Assist / teach youth training • Supervise youth / elder interviews • Assist youth with analysis of interview data • Assist youth with preparation of a community report • Assist with planning, organization, and administrative tasks related the BCLT, including scheduling training, interviews and presentations, reserving training and presentation spaces, facilitating invitations to the youth community presentation and follow-up, and project documentation and process reviews  Our learning objectives for the student intern are: • Experience the organizational and administrative process of implementing a youth program  • Teach one unit of the BCLT curriculum. Preparation and practice are expected • Organize and analyze interview data with the youth participants • Provide supervision and mentoring of the preparation of the BCLT community report  • Conduct and analyze process evaluations with BCLT implementers, youth and elder participants • Enter data from pre and post tests and provide a preliminary data analysis