SUPPORT THE PROJECT INSPIRED by 'Sankofa'
Bringing young and old together for a better society
Discussions Across Generations (DAG) is a youth-led project that draws inspiration from the African proverb ‘Sankofa, to give young people the chance to learn from over 65yr old unsung heroes and the past, to build a better future.
Thank U is a Black Charity working to transform the lives of disaffected 18- to 35-year-old Black youth.
20 young volunteers record the lessons from the elders and use their talents to transmit what they learn through music, art, books, photography, and drama.
Then using knowledge from the digital marketing training, we offer them, they spread the lessons to thousands of their peers throughout London using, Social media, Blogs, vlogs & Podcasts.
To ensure safety and protection of the vulnerable elderly, we gift them iPads as a Thank U, and offer them training digital literacy and new media to enable them to participate online.
CASE STUDY: HOW 'DAG' BRINGS ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE
The voiceover for this crowdfunding video was done by Tanika, our 27-year-old DAG alumni, who is now a budding Actor. She volunteers on the DAG Project, as a Coordinator.
“What relevance can these rickety old people have to my life?”
19-year-old Sameera’s reaction to being asked to interview an elderly Caribbean couple as part of a DAG project, mirrored that of many others. She had no sense of belonging, anywhere because she had spent all her life in care, deprived of parental guidance as her parents were experiencing issues with drug addiction and mental health.
But eventually, she agreed to do the interview. And what a transformation!
Afterwards, we could not get her away from the couple. She was amazed by how much they’d taught her that was relevant to her life and history. She went back to talk to them again. The couple made such an impact on her, they became her mentors. And empowered by what she’d learned from them in particular, and the DAG project in general, she gained the confidence to go to college where she studied social work. Now Sameera is helping children like herself.
BENEFITS OF THE DAG PROJECT
For Young People:
- The generation gap narrows as Young People learn from their Elders and influence each other positively.
- Learning about their history, culture, and traditions in a culturally sensitive way, boosts their self-esteem and confidence, giving them a new direction, with renewed purpose and a sense of belonging, to add value to life.
- They discover great role models they can access directly, who mentor them.
- They acquire a range of learning skills that increase their employability and ability to generate income productively.
- DAG sessions held in schools, offer a culturally friendly approach to tackling race issues for students, staff and parents.
- Young people’s positive contribution to society continues after the project to benefit the entire society.
For The Elders:
- Their time is taken up with gainful activities and invigorated with a new social life.
- Elders learn digital skills and connect to social media which empowers them to stave off loneliness and isolation.
- The DAG sessions in the Community and in Schools, make them feel connected.
- Their Young mentees maintain contact and continue looking out for the elders.
- Mental health improves for young and old.
- Elders are enriched, valued, and enshrined in contemporary Black History.
- The elders are listened to, acclaimed, and celebrated at the annual End of Project Award Ceremony, where they are formally thanked by the DAG youth.
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
DAG is an ongoing project. The more projects we run, the more positive change we can bring.
WHAT WE WILL USE THE FUNDS FOR
We are seeking £12,000 to recruit and train the young and elderly volunteers as well as fund the equipment for the digitalization for online delivery of the DAG project. It will give us the flexibility to provide our services digitally or in-person, to ensure that we can keep delivering our Project throughout the pandemic and beyond.
We appreciate that times are hard, but the DAG project has proven to be greatly beneficial to the young and old from African and Caribbean communities, and to society. It makes DAG a cause, well worth your support.
Please back us in every way you can and spread the word about what we are doing across your social media channels using #DAGLegends, #AGiftOfWisdom
Show us your support for DAG by donating whatever you can, even the price of coffee.
And tell your friends about us!