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Project Generations Program Recognized as Distinguished Youth

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Project Generations Program Recognized as Distinguished Youth

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The Legislature has recognized Project Generations, a student-run organization at Ithaca College, as this month's Tompkins County Distinguished Youth.

Nominated by the County Office for the Aging (COFA), the program, initiated by I.C. junior Melissa Stuzbach, helps older adults combat loneliness and a need for help at home, partnering with COFA to provide in-home assistance to older adults in Tompkins County. Through "Project Generations," 23 students have been matched to visit seniors once a week for about an hour, providing companionship, assistance with light housekeeping, or respite for a caregiver, and also have had access to training on topics related to older adults.

"Our experience with this organization has been nothing short of amazing!" COFA's Katrina Schickel states in her nomination letter. "They are conscientious and dedicated in their dealings with our clients. Melissa has been an outstanding leader with tremendous foresight as she has recruited students from freshmen to graduate students who will continue to sustain the important work of Project Generations."

The Distinguished Youth Award is cosponsored by A&B Awards and Engraving, Bangs Ambulance Service, Purity Ice Cream, and Cayuga Radio Group.