FOR INDIVIDUALS

LEARN MORE. Explore how the US is getting older and more age segregated, how Gen2Gen gives you a way to stand up and show up for America’s kids, and how a little intergenerational interaction can do you right. Have questions about Gen2Gen? Check out our FAQ.

BOOK IT. To understand why older and younger generations belong together, the obstacles stopping the generations from connecting today, and what we can and must do about it individually and as a society, read How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations by Encore.org CEO Marc Freedman. Order before Nov. 13 and get three free video trainings. Find out more here.

GET INSPIRED. Read the stories and watch videos about people who have found meaningful and rewarding ways to live Gen2Gen.

GET CONNECTED. Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive important updates, regular inspiration, plus opportunities to get involved. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join our group on LinkedIn. So many ways to get plugged in!

FIND A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY. We’ve partnered with VolunteerMatch to provide you with a curated list of volunteer opportunities just for you. All have been identified as good opportunities for older adults, and all serve young people in need of champions. Enter your zip code and area of interest, and start your search.

“I had always dreamed of teaching children with a background like mine, and I was 59 years old, so I knew it was now or never.”

— Baltazar Villalba, high school math teacher who received his certification through the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program

Photo credit: Jessica Pons

VOLUNTEER FROM HOME. Looking for ways to support young people that don’t pose transportation or scheduling hassles? Here are 10 ways to volunteer virtually while using your experience and wisdom to help kids thrive.

SEARCH FOR AN ENCORE CAREER. Check out the Encore Career Handbook, join our group on LinkedIn where people often post jobs, find out more about continuing education programs and Encore Fellowships, and more. It’s all here.

GET IDEAS FOR GEN2GEN PROJECTS. Take a look at our list of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects, all designed to help you lead your own intergenerational activity.

JOIN A LOCAL CAMPAIGN. Led by local leaders, public agencies and/or nonprofit organizations, local campaigns pilot new, innovative approaches to reducing generational isolation and scaling opportunities for adults 50+ to help young people thrive. Local campaigns are now active in Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle and Tampa Bay. Learn more. If you’d like to start a local campaign, contact Aireen Navarro Khauv, [email protected].

START A LOCAL FACEBOOK GROUP. If you’d like build a local community of activists working to bring the generations together, contact Aaron Larsen, [email protected].

JOIN OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY. If you’re looking to join a community of Gen2Gen activists to learn, listen, ask, and discover what’s working, join our Gen2Gen Champions group on Facebook.

GET A DIGITAL BADGE. Proud of all the work you’re doing to help kids thrive? Get a Gen2Gen Champion digital badge that you can add to your Facebook page, your email signature, your LinkedIn profile, and anywhere else you see fit.

SPREAD THE WORD. Are you fired up about living #Gen2Gen and want more people to get involved? We’re looking for champions all across the country to spearhead efforts in communities, spread the word on social, and share stories. Sound like you? Check out our Champion Toolkit and join our Gen2Gen Champions group on Facebook.

HOST AN EVENT.

  • Book discussion. Want to get people — in your book club, church group, Rotary, public library, family, etc. — talking about How to Live Forever, the new book by Encore.org CEO Marc Freedman? Download our discussion guide (coming soon).
  • Watch party. Love to watch movies and believe in the power of mentoring in real life? Like parties with a purpose? Host a Gen2Gen Movies & Mentors watch party.
  • Laundromat literacy. Want to turn your local laundromat into a literacy activity center for a few hours? Use this guide.
  • Gen2Gen Circle. Love the idea of creating a community gathering for adults over 50 interested in helping kids? Start a Gen2Gen Circle.

APPLY FOR AN ENCORE FELLOWSHIP. Are you an experienced professional looking to use your skills to help a youth-serving organization? Interested in a high-impact, paid assignment in the social sector? Find out more about Encore Fellowships and apply here.

APPLY FOR A PRIZE. The Gen2Gen Encore Prize awards a total of $100,000 to innovators tapping the talent of adults 50+ to help kids thrive. The Gen2Gen Summer Fun(d) gives away up to $250 to support creative, intergenerational summer projects. Learn more and consider applying.