The Legacy Project is running a contest for teens and tweens 8-18 years old that involves connecting with their grandparents. What a great idea. The Listen to a Life essay contest involves teens and tweens interviewing a grandparent or grandfriend about their life experiences.
The national Legacy Project is a partnership with the nonprofit Generations United. This partnership runs this contest each year and offers schools and families free online resources for building closer connections across generations.
How does the Listen to a Life essay contest work:
- You must be between 8 and 18 to enter.
- Interview a grandparent or close friend or relative that is 50 years or older (can’t be a parent) about their hopes and goals throughout their life.
- Write a 300 word essay based on the interview to send a message around the world and into the future.
- The contest runs until March 22, 2013.
- The Grand Prize is a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer – “because computers are amazing tools for helping us create, record, and share ideas – and a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time”.
- 10 Legacy Award winners also receive a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time.
- Winning entries become part of the Legacy’s online Legacy Library.
When they hear the real-life stories of older adults, young people become more aware of the lifetime ahead of them, their own dreams and goals, and what’s needed to achieve goals and overcome obstacles. Listening to a life also develops 21st Century learning skills and builds vital connections across generations in a largely age-segregated society where family members can live great distances apart.