Poetry to Bridge Generations
Poetry is the voice of the soul.
Each year the Intergenerational Poetry Contest awards prizes to local youth and adults over 50 to help bridge the gap between the generations. The event features a Winners Celebration and Poetry Slam to hear readings of the winning poems and provides an opportunity for face-to-face dialogue about poetry and poems.
This program was created in 2009 and is maintained by a partnership of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Gerontology with public and private schools connected by the UNO Dual Enrollment Program and Service Learning Academy. The Omaha Public Libraries and the Nebraska Writers Collective are UNO's founding and continuing community partners. The program is managed by student members of the university chapter of Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), which is the national gerontology academic honor society, and the SPO faculty advisors.