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AAGT Explores the 2022 United Nation’s International Youth Day theme ‘Intergenerational Solidarity’

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The theme for the United Nation’s International Youth Day (IYD) 2022 is Intergenerational Solidarity, focusing on the importance of fostering “successful and equitable intergenerational relations and partnerships to ensure ‘no one is left behind’. In this blog post, AAGT explores how the IYD 2022 theme of Intergenerational Solidarity relates to the needs of gifted and talented children.


Profoundly gifted young children have specific developmental needs. Because of their often-asynchronous development, parents of gifted children often describe them as being “many ages at once.” This is because the gifted child’s intellectual development is proceeding at a much more rapid rate than physical or social or emotional development. Although this is perfectly normal for an extremely gifted child, it does present certain problems and challenges, especially in an age-segregated society. – Davidson Academy, Gifted Resources

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) points out that because gifted children demonstrate greater maturity in some domains over others, they may be at greater risk for specific kinds of social-emotional difficulties if their needs are not met. Because this year’s International Youth Day theme is Intergenerational Solidarity, now is a great time to talk about how to support the social and emotional health of gifted and talented children and to discuss how age, age-appropriate restrictions or opportunities, and aging/ageism affect us all.

Here are some resources to help talk about Intergenerational Solidarity:

WHO – Initiating a Conversation about Ageism

This guide is designed to help everyone start a conversation about ageism—whether at home, at work, in the classroom, or in the policy-making space.

NAGC – Asynchronous Development Resource for Parents

Click to download a Parent Tip Sheet from NAGC about Asynchronous Development in gifted children.

NAGC – Making Friends Resource for Parents

Click to download a Parent Tip Sheet from NAGC about helping gifted children foster healthy friendships

Seniors Matter – Combatting Ageism through Books

Here is a list of age-appropriate books to help teach children how to combat ageism

Ashton Applewhite TEDTalk – Let’s End Ageism

Ashton Applewhite provides a helpful look at what ageism is, and why we don’t have to fret about another -ism to fight.

A is for Aging

Follow A is for Aging on Facebook for resources using children’s books with positive images of aging

We Aren’t Labeling Gen-Z Correctly – The Edelman special report ‘The Power of Gen Z: Trust & The Future Consumer’

This study is comprised of responses from nearly 10,000 Gen Z humans aged 14=24 in the US, UK, China, France, Germany, and Mexico. Turns out there is a very important social movement behind what is mislabeled as “cancel culture”.

Click here to view a helpful guide to the Power of Gen Z Top 10

Looking for more ways to support your child’s development?
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