Can one woman fix foster care? Meet Judy Cockerton

Can one woman fix foster care? Meet Judy Cockerton

By Andy LevineJudy Cockerton’s life changed dramatically when she became a foster parent at 48. She and her husband Arthur took on the responsibility of raising two sisters aged five months and seventeen months – along with their own two kids who were 12 and 18 at the...
Did you have a mentor when you were growing up?

Did you have a mentor when you were growing up?

By Phyllis Segal   It’s National Mentoring Month, and I’m reminded of child psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner’s words: “Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.”And that makes me think about my dad. He made me feel I could do no...
Creating Gen2Gen community in a fragmented world

Creating Gen2Gen community in a fragmented world

Eunice’s mom was 22 when she left Taiwan. Like so many immigrants, she came to the U.S. alone, with little more than a few dollars in her pocket and hopes of pursuing the American Dream. Homesick, she struggled with English, loneliness, and Minneapolis snowstorms. But...
How Dr. Arnie Rosen became a “Band Grandpa”

How Dr. Arnie Rosen became a “Band Grandpa”

By Andy LevineIf you’ve never heard that term “band grandpa” before, don’t feel out of the loop. Dr. Arnie Rosen actually created it two years ago.Dr. Rosen loved his 27-year career as a gastroenterologist in Rockford, Illinois. But as he contemplated retirement, he...
Fostering Hope wins $50,000 Gen2Gen Encore Prize

Fostering Hope wins $50,000 Gen2Gen Encore Prize

Young people growing up in foster care face tremendous challenges, but a Colorado nonprofit is proving that older adult volunteers can provide the web of support that kids need to heal and that foster families need to keep going. For its groundbreaking work tapping...
We are the elders who remain.

We are the elders who remain.

As the people in Pittsburgh begin to bury their loved ones, massacred inside the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, my thoughts turn to my own father’s funeral last year and a passage from the Talmud read that day. It’s the story of a rabbi passing through a field,...