When Old and Young Connect

“Forty years ago, the eminent Cornell University professor and child psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner famously concluded, Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her. The benefits of a caring adult mentor on childrens well-being have been reinforced in study after study, as well as reports from youth themselves–including research I was engaged with early in my career.” The following excerpt delves into the benefits that arise when young and old connect.