By Duncan Magidson

Nearly 100 people inspired by CEO Marc Freedman’s book, How to Live Forever, applied for micro-grants to launch fun, creative intergenerational projects in their communities. Congratulations to the first seven winners of $250 each from the How To Live Forever Fund!

Read about the winners below — and be doubly inspired to apply for a grant yourself today! The deadline for applications is March 31, and we’ll announce two more rounds of winners over the next two months.


J.O.B.I.E.S. (Juveniles Obtaining Better Interests for Every Stingray)
Submitted by Ava and Riley

Greenville, NC

Two 13-year-olds will combine forces with residents at a nearby senior community to discuss the dangers of litter and debris in local waterways and come up with solutions. The teens will lead a project to repurpose non-recyclable tennis ball cans into reusable containers for fisherman to store monofilament fishing line and other debris.

Lasell College – Lasell Village
Submitted by Joann Montepare

Auburndale, MA

As part of its global Age-Friendly University Initiative, Lasell College will engage older adults as “language mentors” for international students, providing an opportunity for two groups who often face social stigma to build connections.

“I’ve read How to Live Forever, and now I understand why my worries, concerns, inspirations, and motivations as a parent, as a teacher, as a professional leader have been pushing me toward connecting generations.” –Joann Montepare, Lasell Village

EAH Housing Crescent Park
Submitted by
Cristina Diaz Chavez
Richmond, CA

Older and younger residents in a low-income community in Richmond, California, will gather to share their passion for gardening, adding new plants, crops and decorations.

“I am where I am today because I was privileged enough to have at least one mentor in every program and school I attended.” –Christina Diaz Chavez, EAH Housing, Crescent Park

Submitted by Elizabeth Bruce

Takoma Park, MD

Drawing on intergenerational projects CentroNía led in Ghana, the organization will teach basic first aid and medical skills to families, including children, parents and grandparents, to explore the real life causes and effects of illness. The workshop will be conducted in three languages: English, Spanish, & Amharic.

Plymouth YMCA Youth Volunteer Corps
Submitted by Taylor Tinsley

Plymouth, MI

The Intergenerational Olympics will pair youth aged 11 to 18 with with older adults at a senior living community to compete in activities including wii bowling, beach ball volleyball, bean bag toss, badminton, javelin throw using broomsticks, shuffleboard, and trivia. There will be prizes!

North Coast Opportunities Volunteer Network
Submitted by
Rebecca Enberg
Ukiah, CA

The North Coast Opportunities Volunteer network will host a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training for 200 volunteers throughout five Northern California counties — Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Humboldt, and Del Norte. These volunteers serve youth as mentors and in classroom settings, young-parent programs and juvenile hall.

Grandpas United of White Plains, NY
Submitted by
 Jim Isenberg
White Plains, NY

Members of Grandpas United will work with the White Plains public school system mentor a group of second and third grade boys who are struggling to succeed in school.

Deadline: March 31, 2019