Inter-generational Model United Nations

BY Tristan Williams

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School

Project Description
The overall objective of this program is to create a community in the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth that is age friendly, locally active and globally aware. The Model United Nations program provides a forum for addressing global concerns in a real world context. Conferences address important issues including regional conflicts, women and children, peacekeeping, human rights, economic and social development, and the environment. The goal of the program is to provide a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN as participants build skills in diplomacy and compromise. In this model, students are paired with a senior adult, or adults from the community rather than a faculty member. The intergenerational Model United Nations program organized by Yarmouth has met a total of five times. This project is a joint effort with the Yarmouth Senior Center and the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Having students interact in a positive way with adults in the community will improve and enrich participants and the community. Participants complete a feedback and evaluation sheet at the end of each session.

Benefit to the students and the school
One of the goals of the Town of Yarmouth is to be an “Age Friendly Community,” a community where all ages and stages of life are valued and thrive. In addition, Yarmouth has identified intergenerational programming as one of the areas of focus. There are many benefits that can result from intergenerational programs. In 2016, Forbes magazine published an article titled: “Intergenerational Programs: Not Just Nice, But Necessary.” When implemented correctly and intentionally, intergenerational programs can provide a multiplier effect in which both children, especially those from low-income families and communities, and older adults benefit, and transformative, measurable results can be created for society as a whole.”

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
Our goal is to make this a robust and thriving program that many students and adults will benefit from for years to come.