For the first time in U.S. history, people over 60 outnumber people under 18, raising fears of widening generational divides. We see another way.
We are older activists, innovators and leaders, standing with younger allies to bridge divides, connect across generations and create a better future together.
We elevate innovators and ideas that bring generations together. We accelerate intergenerational solutions to pressing social problems, from literacy to loneliness.
We uncover new ways to bring age diversity to schools, workplaces, communities and social movements. We tell a new story about generational solidarity.
We live Gen2Gen.
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"The core mission is really about creating communication between groups that are really disconnected in one way or another."
- LESTER STRONG,
founder of The Peaceful Guardians Project to improve relationships between young people and police officers
"These are radical, badass women who have lived lives devoted to social justice, and we can learn from them."
- SARAH JANE BRADLEY,
Nuns & Nones, an alliance of spiritually diverse young people, women religious, and key partners working to create a more just, equitable and loving world
"It's heartbreaking to hear the worry about a loved one dying of loneliness."
- JOY ZHANG and MADELINE DANGERFIELD-CHA,
co-founders and co-CEOs of Mon Ami, a startup helping families find college student companions for aging family members
"I'm completely obsessed with creating an environment where children can attend preschool and adults with dementia can attend day services - under one roof."
- LISA ARMAO,
founder of the Montessori Intergenerational Learning Communities, Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow / Early Childhood
"I've always loved working on issues that impact kids, and the fact they wanted someone who could work remotely was great."
- MARC MCCARTHY, former Encore Fellow for iFoster and 26-year corporate communications and marketing veteran
"It's very energizing to work in a multigenerational space where you feel like you’re not siloed into age groups and everyone brings the value of their perspective."
- FRANCESCA VOLLARO, Encore Fellow turned senior director of process improvement and change management for the Girl Scouts of the USA
"The laundromat was packed that day. Parents and kids were super excited to read the books. It was a huge success. It was a huge success. I will definitely do it again."
- LESLIE STRAFFORD, community leader and wellness advocate who organized a Laundromat Literacy event in Boston, Massachusetts
“The stakes couldn’t be higher. Prompted by the arrival of our profoundly multigenerational and multicultural future, we must choose between two paths forward — one characterized by scarcity, conflict and loneliness; the other by abundance, interdependence and connection.”
— Marc Freedman, CEO and founder, Encore.org