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LINKages Rural Community Initiative

Impacts Entire Province

RADF Investment: $68,665

Other Investment: $27,500

Total Investment: $96,165

Project Period: April 2008–December 2010

Community Development Community Development

T: 403.249.0853

Project Description

This project links seniors with young people in rural communities across Alberta. It gives seniors more opportunities to engage with their communities, while providing rural youth with leadership, communication, volunteer, and life skills experiences. Local youth and senior support agencies have been given training, print resources, and consultation support to operate independently.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Develop understanding, appreciation, and respect between rural seniors and youth
  • Strengthen the capacity of rural communities to deliver inter-generational programs
  • Form new rural partnerships with schools and youth and senior groups
  • Provide the resources and training for rural youth to discover the value of community service and the ease with which rural seniors can be isolated