The Linking Generations in the Northside (LINK) Program offers students and elders opportunities to build reciprocal and abundance-based relationships. Through this program, students learn about and engage with local historically Black communities, while elders gain the opportunity to connect with and mentor young people.

LINK is a year-long program coordinated jointly between UNC Partnerships in Aging and the Jackson Center. The program’s goals are to cultivate multigenerational relationships that integrate an age-embracing and equitable view of elderhood and community development.

During the pandemic, graduate and undergraduate students and neighbors have supported and learned alongside each other in crucial ways, including regular phone check-ins. Participants also complete an intergenerational community-building curriculum exploring histories, experiences, and topics around aging, housing, and racial justice.

If you are a student or a community member who would like to join the program, please email