Step 2: Show Up – Learning

“By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students 2.5 to 3 years behind their peers.” – National Summer Learning Association

We’re thrilled you’ve joined our Gen2Gen Summer Challenge to combat summer learning loss for youth. Now it’s time to take action.

You can choose to get involved in existing opportunities offered by our Gen2Gen partners, or if you are feeling bold, we have a few ideas to share to help you lead your own intergenerational summer activities.

Summer matters. And YOU matter to kids looking for someone to pour into their life at just the right time. Thank you for showing up for kids this summer!


Find a Summer Opportunity

Search for volunteer opportunities combatting learning loss for kids this summer.


Lead your own intergenerational summer activity with these fun ideas:

Know of a project or activity that adults 50+ can do on their own or bring to their community to connect older and younger generations in powerful ways? We are eager to spread the best intergenerational work happening across the country.

Share With Us

Share Your Moment

Already making a difference in a child's life this summer and have a moment to share? Take the fast track to Step 3 of the Gen2Gen Summer Challenge:

Share your #Gen2GenMoment

Want to learn more?

25 million low-income public school students in America lose access to meals, safe spaces, caring adults and play. Opportunities for learning and jobs for youth are scarce. Every child deserves the chance to have a great summer. Take an active role in educating yourself about why summer matters by reading some of the "Making the Case" articles below:

Looking for another challenge?

Thanks for exploring how to support learning for kids this summer. If you’re interested in expanding your impact, we hope you’ll consider taking a stand on another issue area as well. Select a new Gen2Gen Summer Challenge below to take an active role in helping kids access healthy meals, safe places to play and youth employment opportunities this summer.


Six out of every seven students who receive free- and reduced- price lunches lose access to them when school is out. You can help these kids be well-nourished.


Only 20% of 16- to 17-year-olds get a summer job, less than half the level as recently as 2000. You can help them find and secure summer employment.


Only one in five homes have parks or recreation centers within a half-mile. You can help youth experience balanced and active play needed for them to thrive.