Smiles all around: Youth visits lead to meaningful friendships

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“During each visit, our grade seven students, residents from the Apotex and patients from the hospital at Baycrest share stories and learn about each other’s traditions and shared histories. Every intergenerational group visit is different. Some weeks we play music and dance the Hora, other times we sing songs and recite prayers. Some of the residents are unable to verbalize their feelings, so they respond with smiles. The students really enjoy it and it’s clear the residents enjoy spending with younger generations.”

-Lindsay Budd, Middle School Coordinator, The Leo Baeck Day School South Campus

Grade seven students from The Leo Baeck Day School South Campus in Toronto have been paying regular visits to residents at the Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged and patients at the hospital at Baycrest Health Sciences this past year. This intergenerational program is designed to foster meaningful opportunities for students and older adults while engaging through the arts. As a result of the program, many students have expressed interest in volunteering at Baycrest on an ongoing basis.