Intergenerational & Older Adults

  • Intergenerational Prom
  • Intergenerational Computer Training
  • Gold Card Club
  • A-OK Home Maintenance Program
  • Senior Celebration Day at Arlington Park

For many years now, Community Education has offered older adults lifelong learning opportunities that have definitely improved their quality of life and helped them maintain their dignity and independence as they age. Our programs have provided meaningful opportunities for different generations to work, learn and play together further dispelling ageist myths and stereotypes.

Intergenerational Prom:

Our Annual Intergenerational Prom allows our older adults and high school students to plan this fun event. Starting in late January volunteer committee members, composed of older adult district residents and high school students, meet every two weeks to put the plans together for the April event – from the theme of the event, to decorations, to the kind of food to be served and entertainment choices. During "Prom Night" itself, the young and old alike take to the dance floor where any generational gap becomes obscured and having fun becomes the underlying theme.

Contact Person: D214 Community Education, Nelia Bernabe 847-718-7799
Place of Event: Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, IL

Intergenerational Computer Classes:

Enthusiastic older adult participants get free one-on-one Internet training from our high school student volunteers. These one- or two-day classes, that run for 90 minutes in the spring, teach older adults basic computer terms, e-mail basics, how to surf the Web and navigate social networking sites. Older adults and high school students work in pairs and classes are free flowing and are structured based on what the older adult needs.

For more Information: D214 Community Education, 847-718-7700
Place of Event: District 214 High Schools: Elk Grove High School, Rolling Meadows High School,
Prospect High School, Buffalo Grove High School, John Hersey High School, Wheeling High School

Gold Card Club:

Gold card membership provides D214 residents who are 62 years or older with free admission to district high school performances and athletic events, discounts for selected Community Education Travel (CET) tours and classes, and a newsletter published three times a year. Members are also entitled to a discount on tuition in selected Continuing Education classes.

For more Information: D214 Community Education, 847-718-7700
Place of Event: District 214 High Schools, Forest View Educational Center

A-OK Home Maintenance Program:

The A-OK Home Maintenance program operates twice a year, in the spring and fall. Our high school students, under adult supervision, provide older, low-income adults who are at least 60 years old with small maintenance projects in their homes. These include cleaning gutters, washing windows, raking leaves and trimming bushes, and doing minor maintenance chores at the clients’ homes, such as testing and installing smoke detectors, and changing furnace filters. 

Contact Person: D214 Community Education, Linda Schmidt, 847-718-7705
Place of Event: Clients’ homes in the attendance areas of Township HS District 214

Senior Celebration Day:

A committee of more than 20 staff members from organizations throughout the community plan this one-day event, held each May, to celebrate our seniors – the contributions they have made to our communities, our society and our individual lives. The free event includes informative exhibitors, free health screenings, and exciting entertainment.

Contact Person: Senior Celebration Committee Members
D214Community Education Office, 847-718-7700
Place of Event: Arlington Park Racecourse, Arlington Park, IL