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Learning about immigrant communities through stories from their elderly

August 2, 2010

Already well known in her Centro de Oro neighborhood near Fourth Street and Lehigh Avenue, Silva’s story is getting wider play in an oral history of local Latinos. The audio project is part of an initiative called Coming of Age, a collaboration of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University, WHYY, AARP Pennsylvania, and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Coming of Age grew from a 2001 national conference in San Francisco on community participation among people 50 and older. Two years later, it took hold in Philadelphia with a grant from the state Department of Aging, resulting in programs that guide older adults into so-called encore careers, promote volunteerism among them, advocate for their common needs – and collect their stories.

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