Senior citizens at The Gatesworth retirement community, inspired by the Nine Network’s American Graduate Day broadcast last September, contacted the station to find out how they could help with Nine’s five-year American Graduate initiative.
By combining the wisdom, experience and caring of The Gatesworth residents with the energy, openness and passion of students from Cardinal Ritter College Prep, the Intergenerational Storytelling Project was born. Click here for the full story.
Meet the Participants
Jami Cox, 17, chooses to surround herself with adults and friends that love her for who she is and motivate her to pursue her dreams.
18-year-old Tyler Murphy plans to come back to St. Louis after his college years to start a foundation for future generations.
Gordon Yoder Jr., 73 years of age, says that his experience as a lab technician in the Air Force inspired him to begin disciplining himself and applying his abilities to help others.
Deondre Strickland-Irvin, 17, encourages those who are considering dropping out of school to come up with a plan of action and think if it can be accomplished without an education.
Through her time working as an occupational therapist in pediatrics, 90-year-old Ruth Schwartz became aware of family dynamics and concerns relating to special children.
18-year-old Jordan Mosley values the opportunity to learn new things. He actively strives to find ways to implement concepts he learns into his everyday life.
As a young adult, Gatesworth resident, Vivian Zwick, was frequently asked to lead groups of people in projects.
As the daughter of two educators, 18-year-old Jordan Blackshear believes that receiving an education is the only way to be successful.
When high school students face obstacles, 95-year-old Gladys Barker wants to encourage them to ask for help. Many people are anxious to offer their assistance.
17-year-old Jeffrey Jones is very active in school with sports. When he isn’t playing sports, Jeffrey loves spending time with his family.
Cardinal Ritter student Dominique Brand and Gatesworth resident Sunny Glassberg swap stories about their personal educational experiences.
Salvatore Pagano, 90, attended Catholic grade school, high school and college. Salvatore practiced dentistry for 45 years.
18-year-old Dominique Brand is selfless when it comes to other people. She always strives to consider their feelings.
Antanisha Milton, 17, constantly motivates herself to stay positive and keep moving forward.
Amy Shaw, Senior Vice President of Community Engagement at the Nine Network, welcomes participants from the Cardinal Ritter and Gatesworth communities.
Charlene Dixon, 17, loves to take leadership roles and opportunities. She prides herself on putting her very best into everything that she does.
June Saxton, 89 years of age, believes that having good role models as a young adult is key to becoming successful.
Ruth Schneider, 87, urges high school students to think for themselves and set individual goals.
Cardinal Ritter students Deondre Strickland, Dasha Hawkins and Gabby Hays take time to browse through educational materials following the community conversation.
Tyler Murphy and Lilli Kautsky share smiles and laughs during the meet-and-greet section of the community conversation.
Students Need Support from Parents
Cardinal Ritter students Tyler Murphy and Dominique Brand speak with Gatesworth resident Gordon Yoder about how important it is that parents take an active interest in the success of their children.
Education Changes Over Time
Stan Boudreau, Gatesworth resident, sits down with Cardinal Ritter students Jordyn Blackshear, Bryce Olden and Alexandra Whitley to discuss the changes that have taken place in education from one generation to the next.
Students Have Opportunities for Success
Gatesworth resident Stan Boudreau explains why youth should take advantage of the many opportunities that today's education affords them.
The Early Years are Important
Gatesworth resident Lilli Kautsky and Cardinal Ritter student Samira Alwazir talk about how important early childhood development is for a child's future life.
“...knowing who you are and what you want to do starts at a very very early age. When you feel that your family’s supporting you that you’re important to them, and that they can listen to you and treat you as somebody who has something to say, and I think sometimes one of the best things you can do for children—be a good listener.” - Lilli Kautsky
“I think when the peer pressure is good, when you have support—not only from adults because we always have adults telling us what the way to go is and what path you need to take—but when you have students people your age people who are in the same school as you or age as you, that makes it all the more of a want. It is something you want more because everyone is doing it.” - Gabby Hays
“...school is teaching you to develop your studying as a way of life, as a discipline. You get that through hard study, you get that through interpersonal relationships. But you can carry this into college, and you can carry it into your jobs. And if you discipline yourself, not only in school, but in your jobs, then a lot of good things happen to you.” - Gordon Yoder
“Education can turn you into a central figure in this world. You can change the things that most people aren’t happy about. One person can change so much, and I think that with education comes change.” - Samira Alvazir
"...the one thing I remember all my life is what my father told me when I was twelve years old. Because I got in an argument about something. He said, “Sunny, if you don’t stand up for something that is right, you will fall for anything.” - Sonya (Sunny) Glassberg
“I personally have never heard of one man success story how he did everything on his own. It took a community of people being there to support him, which brings us back to the beginning how we were talking about support and family being, your socioeconomics being your main factor in a child’s life. You’ve got to have a school who is pushing you, and people in your family who are pushing you.“ - Tyler Murphy