2018-09-12 / Voice at the Shore

Teens put on talent show with residents at SGLC


Assisted Living Residents Gloria (left) and Dorothy (right) do the Macarena with Summer Sizzler Darcy Aiken (center). Assisted Living Residents Gloria (left) and Dorothy (right) do the Macarena with Summer Sizzler Darcy Aiken (center). Teenagers, residents and staff at Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) came together for an intergenerational talent show on August 13 that marked the culmination of the 2018 Summer Sizzlers Youth Program. Performers played musical instruments, danced, sang and performed skits.

The teens worked and volunteered at SGLC all summer as part of the Summer Sizzlers Youth Program. The talent show was an opportunity for the students and the seniors to celebrate a successful program.

SGLC Executive Director Janice Cambron created the idea for the Summer Sizzlers Youth Program, which started in 2001. “I know how hard it is to get 14 to 16-year-olds to come and visit,” she said. “But I knew this would be a positive experience for them as well as our residents, and it would help with employment references and volunteerism for college applications.”

SGLC Director of Recreation Missy Rundio worked with Janice Cambron to put together the Summer Sizzlers Youth Program, which won Innovative Program of the Year from Leading Age NJ, formerly NJANPHA. “At the end of the program, we find that both the residents and the students have very favorable things to say about the experience,” said Rundio. s

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