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AGE to age adds paid intern position

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Calling all college kids – AGE to age wants you.

AGE to age, a Northland Foundation-sponsored program in Two Harbors, is looking for an intern. Program director Chris Langenbrunner said it’s a great paid opportunity for a college freshman who’ll be home for the summer. The job description includes helping to plan activities and supporting the programs primary goal – bringing together folks of different generations.

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“It would be varied activities. I think if I was a college student, I would love this job. It wouldn’t just be 9 – 5,” Langenbrunner said.

The student would work with all of AGE to age’s partners, like the Statewide Health Improvement Program which aims to improve health throughout Minnesota, and Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps seniors stay in their homes longer.

The Lake Effect AGE to age program began in Two Harbors last year. Backed by the Northland Foundation, its annual budget is $10,000. The money has been used in a number of ways to encourage Two Harbors’ generations to interact and learn from one another.

The program has played a part in a local walking club, the junior high robotics team, a community garden at the high school and a 5K fundraiser that took place during the Winter Frolic.

At a meeting on Monday, participants discussed other projects the program could tackle. Ideas included training teens to take older, arthritic adults on gentle walks and finding pairs of young and old volunteers to deliver food to homebound residents. The summer intern could play a big part in organizing one of these initiatives or developing some of his or her own.

Also this summer, another AGE to age activity will take place at the Holiday Inn in Duluth. The Northland Summit is scheduled for June 19. Representatives from all 13 AGE to age communities in the Arrowhead will gather to swap ideas and participate in workshops.

“The neat thing is to hear from other communities and the different things they do there,” Langenbrunner said.

Everyone is welcome to participate in AGE to age. Langenbrunner, who is also the community education director for Lake Superior School District, can be contacted with ideas for programs, funding requests or questions about the internship. Her email is colafson@isd381.k12.mn.us and her number is (218) 834-8201 ext. 8227.

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