LEARN MORE. Explore why more people than ever are eager to mentor, how to shift your perspective and see older adults through an opportunity lens, and how volunteers build community across generations. Have questions? Check out our FAQ.
MAKE THE CASE. Need to convince others in your organization that tapping experienced talent is a good idea? Arm yourself with the research here.
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PARTNER WITH US. Do you believe in the power of intergenerational relationships and the value that older people can bring to kids who need champions? Whether you’re just starting to create an intentional strategy to recruit people 50+ or you’re far along in the process and have best practices to share, we’d love to talk about joining forces. Contact us here.
POST VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. Our technology partnership with VolunteerMatch provides you with a targeted way to attract more volunteers over 50. Follow these instructions to post your volunteer opportunities.
“Bringing Gen2Gen to our Family Resource Centers really opened up FIRST 5’s eyes. Our volunteer coordinators are now working to get more older adults involved, including the many grandparents who are taking care of their grandkids while the parents are working. FIRST 5 is excited by the opportunity to more intentionally engage all ages in our community.”
— Bob Crum, Gen2Gen Encore Fellow, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County
POST JOBS. Looking for experienced people for paid jobs at your organization? Post your jobs in our LinkedIn group.
GET HELP RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS OVER 50. The Gen2Gen Learning Hub offers ideas, tips and best practices to help you bring the skills and talents of older adults to kids who need champions. It includes simple guides and other bite-sized learning about designing roles for people 50+, recruiting people 50+ as volunteers or paid staff, building a more diverse team, and assessing impact.
HOST AN ENCORE FELLOW. Could your organization benefit from an experienced professional in a high-impact, paid assignment in marketing, fundraising, technology, strategic planning, or other fields? Learn more.
JOIN A LOCAL CAMPAIGN. Led by local leaders, public agencies and/or nonprofit organizations, local Gen2Gen campaigns pilot new, innovative approaches to reducing generational isolation and expanding opportunities for adults 50+ to help young people thrive. Local campaigns currently 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].
JOIN A LEARNING COMMUNITY. Gen2Gen has started several discussion groups for organizations that share a similar mission or target population and want to exchange ideas and best practices on how to best leverage experienced talent. Current topics are: early childhood education, multigenerational volunteer corps, and opportunity youth. Learn more.
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].
HOST AN EVENT.
- Book discussion. Engage your network in discussions about How to Live Forever, the new book by Encore.org CEO Marc Freedman? Download our discussion guide (coming soon).
- Watch party. Organize parties to watch Gen2Gen mentoring movies and inspire people to become mentors in real life. Get the Gen2Gen Movies & Mentors watch party guide here.
- Laundromat literacy. Encourage your members to turn local laundromats into literacy activity centers for a few hours. Use this guide.
- Gen2Gen Circle. Create community gatherings for adults over 50 interested in helping kids by starting a Gen2Gen Circle.
APPLY FOR A PRIZE. Every year the Gen2Gen Encore Prize gives away 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 intergenerational summer projects. Learn more and consider applying!
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. Got additional ideas? Send them to [email protected].
FIND YOUR GEN2GEN 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.