Methods: Four older adults and youth who participate in IGPs at a community agency in Calgary, Canada are a part of this research project. This study consists of (1) individual narrative interviews and (2) a group PV workshop where participants co-created short films that share stories of their experiences in an IGP. Interviews elicited participants’ narratives about their involvement in IGPs, including the impacts of the relationships built through the program and any challenges or barriers they faced. The PV portion is a transformative process that involves community members creating short films to communicate their stories about intergenerational programs and relationships. Participants are viewed as experts in their own experiences and actively involved in the meaning-making process. Interviews and PVs were analyzed using a narrative analysis procedure which looks for resonances across individual narratives rather than themes.
Results: This project elucidates youth and older adults’ stories of their participation in IGPs which highlight reciprocal transformation, solidarity across generations, and changed perspectives of other generations.
Conclusions and Implications: This research contributes to a growing body of knowledge on intergenerational programming by adding the voices, stories, and perspectives of youth and older adults in IGPs, which have often been unheard in previous research. By making these experiences known, these stories can influence and change narratives about youth and older adults and their involvement in IGPs. This study also provides new knowledge to the field of social work about the impacts, challenges, and barriers that exist for participants in IGPs that can inform future programs.