Evidence suggests that grandmother-inclusive, intergenerational development programs produce the best outcomes. Grandmothers contribute to:
Positive Youth Development
Mental Health and Trauma Support
Integrated and Holistic Community Development
Family Support Services
Parental and Infant Support
Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention
Cultural Transmission and Restoration
What are the key components for empowering grandmothers to create sustainable change?
Community first: The most effective social development programs put community ideas, values and issues before all other challenges. It is the community that must create, own and drive solutions.
Culture as a tool: We all operate within invisible cultural norms and values that surround us. Adapting cultural practices is the key to empowering change in a community.
Dialogue for all: Intergenerational teamwork in development programs gives everyone in families and communities the chance to connect and meet social challenges together.
What are the foundational principles of culturally-responsive, grandmother-led programming?
Communities have the answers to their own challenges
Culture is a tool for change
Grandmothers are inherently grounded in cultural identity and values and are key to discussions of societal evolution
Grandmothers are natural leaders and have a unique and irreplaceable part to play in the future of our world
Grandmothers are a valuable and underutilized resource with incredible wisdom and capacity to share
Grandmothers hold together families which are a core and universal human community
Grandmothers are a resource to solving social issues worldwide
Recognizing grandmothers’ value and engaging their leadership is crucial to community resilience and development