These 15 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows are practical visionaries with ambitious initiatives to bridge generational divides.

Over the course of the nine-month fellowship, each created a three-minute video that explains how they’re bringing younger and older people together to solve critical problems from affordable housing to social isolation to racial injustice.

If you’re looking for ideas, inspiration or the best way to make three minutes as compelling as they can be, check out the videos below.


Carrie Buck, Executive Director, Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County
Matching aging homeowners with college students in need of affordable housing for mutual benefit


Cristina Rodriguez, President & Co-founder, Mind&Melody, Inc
Creating transformative music experiences between young people and older people with Alzheimer’s


Cynthia Barnett, CEO & Founder, STEAM Village, Amazing Girls Science
Harnessing the power of older mentors to help girls ignite their interest in science and technology


Daniel Pryfogle, Co-founder and CEO, Sympara
Bringing young and old leaders together to repurpose religious space for the common good


Deborah Tien, Co-founder, Common Agency
Strengthening the social fabric and rebuilding intergenerational trust, one neighborhood at a time


Emmanuel George, Historian, Black Orchid Foundation
Blending historical preservation with the arts to bridge generational divides


Fernande Raine, CEO, The History Co:Lab/Untextbooked
Changing how history is taught to prepare young people as changemakers


Grace Hampton, Co-founder, Weaving Wisdom
Enriching relationships between generations and cultures through traditional fabric arts


Jason Nguyen, Co-founder, VìTÂM
Using intergenerational dialogue to heal collective trauma in Vietnamese communities


Joseph Bubman, Executive Director, Urban Rural Action
Sparking collaboration across generations to strengthen democracy, promote justice and advance peace


Katherine Kim, Program Director, Koreatown Storytelling Program
Empowering immigrant communities through intergenerational storytelling


Liv Schaffer, Director, Dance Generators, University of San Francisco
Using collaborative dance making and sharing as a vehicle for social change


Maurya Cockrell, Founder, Leaves Speak Healthcare
Reducing ageist behavior and speech through the training of young healthcare providers


Samantha Derrick, Founder & Executive Director, Plant Futures Initiative
Educating and activating the next generation of ethically conscious entrepreneurs working to build a healthy, just and plant-centered food system


Sandra Harris, State President, AARP Massachusetts; Founder and Co-Chair, The Massachusetts Taskforce to End Loneliness and Build Community
Developing a statewide, intergenerational approach to combating social isolation and loneliness


All videos produced by Anjali Daryanani.

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