LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Gen2Gen Learning Communities provide Gen2Gen partner and supporter organizations with a forum to talk with other like-minded organizations interested in embedding encore talent. Groups form around a specific focus or topic, and discussions cover how-to’s, struggles, lessons learned, and ways to spread ideas and best practices.

Our current learning communities include:

FOSTER CARE

This self-organized learning community is designed to share innovative approaches for engaging adults 50+ to support children in foster care, children aging out of foster care and families caring for children in foster care. The group meets quarterly via video conference to share best practices, engage in collective problem-solving, and build a network of like-minded organizations. The meetings are facilitated on a rotating basis by staff from Bridge Meadows, CASA of Los Angeles, Fostering Hope Foundation and Treehouse Foundation. 

Current members include:

EARLY CHILDHOOD

The members of this learning community are currently testing and implementing models for engaging adults 50+ in the early childhood space. They talk bi-monthly to share new research, ideas and promising practices and to engage in collective problem solving. The group includes larger networks and organizations with affiliates that are interested in spreading practices with members, as well as smaller, local organizations.  

Current members include:

AGE INTEGRATION

This learning community is made up of three national organizations that historically have engaged only college students as volunteers. They are now piloting new models and strategies for engaging a multigenerational volunteer corps to support their expansion goals, especially in areas with limited access to colleges.

Current members include:

SECOND ACTS FOR STRONG COMMUNITIES INITIATIVES

Gen2Gen is proud to collaborate as a thought partner and technical assistance consultant with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities through its Second Acts for Strong Communities initiative. This initiative unites a cohort of 10 Alliance member organizations around best practices and new approaches for engaging and leveraging older adult talent to support better outcomes for children and youth.

Each site in the Second Acts for Strong Communities cohort retains one grant-funded Encore Fellow, age 50 or older, who provides leadership on the project and supports the recruitment and placement of additional encore talent.

As a learning community, the leaders and encore talent from the sites talk regularly to share insights and experiences resulting from their activities. Together, the cohort gathers knowledge, creates replicable tools and materials, and builds a network of ambassadors to scale intergenerational models through the Alliance network, the nonprofit sector, and the people-serving public sector.

Current members include:

To join one of these learning communities — or to inquire about starting a new one — please contact Corita Brown, [email protected].