Our intergenerational programs pair middle school students ages 11-14 (called Sweet Readers) and adults in an intimate group setting in school classrooms, eldercare centers and museums.
The programs meet weekly and over the course of six weeks, participants together explore and create art, music, poetry and/or movement as they discover each other. Sessions are led by a trained facilitator with a customized Sweet Readers curriculum.
Our programs foster a warm, inclusive feeling of community during which everyone has a vital purpose.
The Sweet Readers Leadership Council is comprised of select high school students, Sweet Readers alumni, who believe in the power of young people to change the course of Alzheimer’s and enrich diverse communities in the process.
The Sweet Readers Method
The Sweet Readers Method of Transformative Human Engagement, starting with our experiential Playshop!® training programs, is based on five major steps. Our Method transcends all of our programs.
The Sweet Readers method of Transformative Human Engagement:
Sweet Readers are given one clear goal: To Discover the Person behind the masks of aging and Alzheimer’s.
We provide Sweet Readers with a set of tools from which to choose in order to reach their goal.
Basic Science Knowledge • The Arts • The Facilitator • Communications Skills • Human Engagement Skills • Peer & Community Support • A Structured Curriculum • Leadership Skills
We give Sweet Readers access to adults in an intimate group setting with plenty of time to build meaningful connections.
Breakout success, however, challenges Sweet Readers to open their hearts and minds, be patient and adapt to changing circumstances, especially with our adult participants in the moderate stages of AD.
The experience is reinforced through self-reflection, evaluation and validation.
Our Playshop!® training method is a fun and creative learning environment during which participants learn about The Sweet Readers Movement for systemic change, the Science of Alzheimer’s, our Method of Transformative Human Engagement and how to best utilize the arts.
Each program is rigorously evaluated from multiple perspectives, including self-reflection. Participants are validated in culminating events, our community programs, through social media and with progressive engagement opportunities including our Leadership Council.