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Los objetivos centrales de Vidas que Cuentan han sido el empoderamiento de las personas de edad, la deconstrucción de los estereotipos y prejuicios que las aíslan o las excluyen y la puesta en marcha de nuevos mecanismos de diálogo intergeneracional genuino que contribuyan a una mayor integración y participación de los jóvenes de la comunidad de origen latinoamericano.

 

The main objectives of Vidas que Cuentan have included the empowerment of older persons, the promotion of their full participation and active ageing, the deconstruction of the stereotypes and prejudices that exclude them, and the implementation of new and better mechanisms of genuine dialogue between generations allowing a greater integration of the young people of Latin American origins.

 
 
Evaluación Final / Final Evaluation
 
A continuación presentamos algunos de los elementos presentados en la Evaluación Final del Proyecto
 

Sharing our lives / Empowering ourselves has successfully achieved its original objectives. Additionally, unanticipated particular achievements have been made in such areas as intergenerational dialogue, new forms of volunteerism and partnerships.
We know that the intended results have been achieved, firstly, because the outputs set have been met and secondly, through qualitative as well as quantitative assessments.

Outputs:

The planned conferences/debate forums for intergenerational exchange have been completed. These activities were previously announced and the issues addressed were subsequently published through the community press, our monthly e-newsletter and the internet.

At the completion of the project, a publication in digital format has been launched with a special celebration attended by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla, representatives of the Department of Spanish at the University of Toronto, community leaders, volunteers of the project and the community press.

The 150 pages digital book that gathers the conferences/debate forums and/or presentations delivered within the framework of the project is available following the link "e-book" of the main menu bar.

Outcomes:

The four outcomes listed in page 7 of our application have been measured by contrasting the perceptions of the participants before and after the completion of each activity and before and after the completion of the project.

Very significant progress has been registered in the perceptions of younger generations towards older people and the stereotypes and stigmatisation they face, as well as the self-perception of seniors about their capabilities and central roles in capacity building.

The average of the positive answers to questions referred to significant changes in the points of view about the roles of older adults, the need and possibilities for intergenerational dialogue, the impact of demographic ageing in our societies, or the relevance of the experiences and values that older adults are capable to transmit to the younger generations, was never lower than 85%.

Unanticipated achievements:

1) As a result of the activities developed in cooperation with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the UofT, an initial team of 8 (now 11) volunteer seniors has begun to participate in bi-weekly conversation groups in which students of Spanish of different origins and careers can practice their Spanish with native speakers from diverse cultures and an array of accents. These activities will be continued and even expanded in the forthcoming semesters.

2) As a counterpart, the Centre for Community Partnerships | University of Toronto and the UofT Latin American Studies Program has agreed with Latin@s en Toronto to place 5 students who will volunteer with us during the summer months in projects related with seniors.

3) These partnerships are already allowing us to identify and develop opportunities to empower older persons form different backgrounds, enhancing their social integration and quality of life. A letter of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the UofT expressing their satisfaction with the results of “Sharing our lives / Empowering ourselves” and their willingness to continue working with us in a new project centered in continuing education for older adults is attached.

4) One of the cultural events held within the project frame work (a workshop about image, age and empathy that took place in October at the Art Gallery of Ontario) has resulted in a series of photographies that we are planning to use in a Calendar for 2018 focused on cross generational dialogue.

5) Finally, another activity that had not been previously planned was the participation of our project with an information booth on intergenerational dialogue at the presentation of the Toronto Seniors Strategy 2.0 at the Sunnybrooks Hospital, in January. As a result of this participation Latin@s en Toronto organised a group of 10 volunteer seniors, that has actively contributed with the Toronto Seniors Strategy 2.0 Consultation.  

At the celebration of the completion of the project Vidas que Cuentan were present community leaders, volunteers, members of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto and the Mississauga Valley Library.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming Dipika Damerla, Ontario's Minister of Seniors Affairs of Ontario.

Press releases referred to the event can be accessed by clicking the image.

 

El 23 de marzo Vidas que Cuentan celebró su finalización con la presencia de líderes comunitarios, voluntarios, miembros del Departamento de Español y Portugués de la Universidad de Toronto y de la Mississauga Valley Library.

Tuvimos además el placer de recibir la visita de Ministra Damerla, Ministra de Seniors Affairs de la Provincia de Ontario.

Se accede a notas periodísticas referidas al evento, con un click en la imagen.

 
 
 
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