Intergenerational Bonds

How does a sense of place and community develop? Part of the answer may be the work done intergenerationally, or between young people and their elders. This goes both ways - elders pass on the way things have been done and young people innovate, and vice versa. 

This transfer of knowledge and skills has often relied on women in their roles as mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, grandmothers and grandchildren. It is a tacit knowledge - modeling how things are done rather than telling. It is explicit knowledge - as teachers reach children. In this way, the sense of a place is constantly co-created in the agreements and tensions between generations.

The stories of East Cleveland are rich with examples of women mentoring young people and all people struggling together.