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2014 Eisner Prize Winners Announced

Monday, October 13, 2014

This month, The Eisner Foundation will honor two exceptional organizations, Bridge Meadows of Portland, Oregon, and the Intergenerational Schools of Cleveland, Ohio, with The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, a $100,000 prize that recognizes an individual or a non-profit organization for efforts to unite multiple generations – especially seniors and youth – and bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities.  The Prizes will be awarded at the National Conference in Tempe, Arizona on October 29, 2014.

“It is our honor and privilege to present this year’s Eisner Prizes for Intergenerational Excellence to these two amazing organizations,” said Michael Eisner.  “The Prizes allow us to honor organizations that share our mission nationwide, with the hope that the good work being done can be replicated in Southern California.  Both Bridge Meadows and the Intergenerational Schools are doing a remarkable job of bringing together people of multiple generations for the betterment of all involved.  We thank them for their efforts to make their communities better places to live, especially for vulnerable children and elders.”

The Eisner Foundation is honoring Bridge Meadows for “Innovation in Intergenerational Solutions.”  Bridge Meadows is a unique multi-generational community (located in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland, OR) where adoptive parents, foster children, and low-income elders –those over 55 – find a true home built with love and the shared vision of a better tomorrow.

“We are extremely honored and quite humbled to be awarded The Eisner Prize,” said Dr. Derenda Schubert, Executive Director of Bridge Meadows. “It is a privilege to see firsthand the impact of the Bridge Meadows community in the lives of our residents in just three short years – our former foster youth are reaching & exceeding their personal and academic potential, families are interrupting the cycle of generational poverty and all three generations are demonstrating improved interpersonal connectedness, improved health and wellness. We feel a grand sense of urgency in this work and believe that this prestigious prize from The Eisner Foundation will raise the national exposure to the power of permanence, place and purpose in ways we could never have achieved on our own.”

The second winner of this year’s Eisner Prize, for “Lifetime Achievement in Intergenerational Advocacy” is the Intergenerational Schools in Cleveland, Ohio.  Founded by Drs. Peter and Catherine Whitehouse 14 years ago, the Intergenerational Schools bring together youth and elders in one-of-a-kind learning environments that not only support academic excellence for the young students but also promote life skills for students as well as lifelong learning for elders with physical or cognitive limitations. The schools connect the entire community in a meaningful way.  Elder mentors help in the classroom with academic skills and students visit local assisted living centers.

“The Eisner Prize will allow us to strengthen our intergenerational model through working more broadly globally and more deeply locally,” said Dr. Peter Whitehouse. “Newly emerging schools need expanded programming and our lead school will develop new intergenerative ways of creating impactful stories of multi age relationships and learning.”

I hope The Eisner Prize brings the subject of intergenerational programming, and its benefits, into a national conversation.  Highlighting programs across the country that bring seniors and youth together to enhance their communities is an important component of what The Eisner Foundation does. These two organizations are true leaders in this field, and we’re proud to find a way to honor and celebrate their innovative commitments to children and seniors.

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