One silver lining of the pandemic? News stories about intergenerational connection broke into the mainstream.
For the nerds out there: Meltwater media intelligence shows nearly 600 more stories about intergenerational connection in 2020 than in 2019, potentially reaching a total of nearly 7 billion people. That’s 3 billion people more than last year!
2019: 2,348 articles, 3.98 billion potential reach
2020: 2,917 articles, 6.95 billion potential reach
Here are 5 news stories that went viral this year.
- They bonded over bagels and lox, then Covid-19 hit. Now this 82-year-old and his millennial friend bond over Zoom (CNN)
- ‘Becoming a Witness’: Teen paints portraits of Holocaust survivors during COVID-19 pandemic (Good Morning America)
- 2 viruses — COVID and racism –devastate the Black community and threaten America’s stability (ABC News)
- An Intergenerational, Multiracial, Virtual Friendship Formed in COVID-19 (PBS’s Next Avenue)
- An Italian grandma is holding virtual pasta-making classes to keep everyone connected (Insider)
Stories about intergenerational connection were popular on our Facebook page, too. Here are 5 that you liked most.
- After raising 5 children and fostering more than 70 teenage boys, Mary and Mike Vediner are supporting two young families through Grandmas2Go.
- As a member of Grandpas United, Ervan Caesar is connecting virtually and mentoring teens sentenced by the Youth Court in White Plains, New York.
- Sherilyn Larkin became an AmeriCorps member with SPB, a national disaster relief organization, and is working on a multigenerational team in Puerto Rico.
- After 23 years in IT at Intel, Marlene Somerville became an Encore Fellow with Hack the Hood — helping under-resourced youth of color prepare for careers in tech.
- Junauda Petrus’s beautiful poem, “Give The Police Departments to the Grandmothers,” struck an emotional chord.