DIY Ideas

There are countless ways to get involved and support young people.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Contact your local library and find out how you can support early literacy efforts in your community.

Contact your local library

Browse stories from YouthBuild — a construction skills training program for low-income youth — then share it with your network to inspire more youth this summer.

Read and Share Inspiring Youth Job Stories

Have the opportunity to bring on a summer intern at your office? Follow this list of tips for setting up an inclusive internship program.

Provide an Internship Opportunity

Check out the “Black Excellence is Everywhere You Look Facilitator Guide” from SURJ Families; then try it out with your family, your child’s or grandchild’s school or any place else you can think of! 

Bringing Black History to Life

After All Our Kids (AOK) was featured in the New York Times, people across the country and the world wanted to know how they, too, could create something similar — check out our guide!

Create your own “Family” Table

Organize an Intergenerational Day at your local library, park or community center, with games, food, stories and more!

Intergenerational Sourcebook

Unlock the wonder of reading. For more than half a century, Learning Leaders have helped NYC public school kids master the art of reading. Use their games to help youngsters build skills and confidence — or adapt their programs for your local school district.

Help build a generation of active, engaged citizens, with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics games and resources. Or encourage your local high school to adopt Generation Citizen’s semester-long “active civics” curriculum, to inspire young activists.

Use these resources from Generations United to help build intergenerational communities and support intergenerational collaboration! 

Learn your state’s regulations for voter registration — and set up a drive for new voters at your local high school, library or community center.

Get out the (youth) vote!

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.