Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship

The Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship supports practical visionaries of all ages with ambitious initiatives to bridge generational divides.

Announcing the 2021 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows

We need new ways to bring older and younger people together to solve problems, bridge divides and create a better future for all. Critical problems — like racial inequality, climate change and social isolation, just to name a few — require all of us working across generational divides.

Now more than ever, we need the nation’s most talented innovators and entrepreneurs to marshall their best ideas to create and scale intergenerational solutions.

Our second group of 15 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows, ranging in age from 28 to 84, are bridging generational divides while also fighting for racial justice, empowering immigrant communities, healing trauma, creating affordable housing, reducing ageism and loneliness, preparing young people to lead, and so much more.

Here’s a brief introduction to the group. Stay tuned for more ways to get to know each of them in the coming months.

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 complete science fair projects and 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, Block Steward Academy
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, got history
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, Senior Editor, Koreatown Youth and Community Center
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, Program 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

“I learned so much from the Encore.org team and the members of my cohort about how to formalize intergenerational work. I learned a lot about persistence and tenacity from watching members of my cohort launch impressive things. I can’t tell you how much I benefited from their individual and collective wisdom.”

Sherreta Harrison
MetroMorphosis, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“I learned so much from the Encore.org team and the members of my cohort about how to formalize intergenerational work. I learned a lot about persistence and tenacity from watching members of my cohort launch impressive things. I can’t tell you how much I benefited from their individual and collective wisdom.”

Sherreta Harrison
MetroMorphosis, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows Alum

Fellows in action

BILLBOARD: How New Orleans’ ‘Be Loud’ Kid-Run Radio Show Is Giving Young Writers a Voice
Features Alex Owens / Be Loud | March 16, 2022

 

NEXT AVENUE: Teaching History, from Generation to Generation
Features Grace Hampton, Emmanuel George & Fernande Raine | February 23, 2022

 

GREENBIZ: UC Berkeley hatches a new talent pool for the food industry
Features Samantha Derrick / Plant Futures | January 13, 2022

 

Fellows on film

If you’re looking for ideas, inspiration or the best way to make three minutes as compelling as they can be, check out these short videos from our first group of fellows showcasing a range of ways to bring younger and older people together to solve critical problems.

“I so appreciate the great support and thoughtful consultation of the entire Encore team. There’s no doubt that Encore.org is pulling out all the stops to build a nationwide network of caring, talented innovators and invaluable, intergenerational programs!”

Jim Isenberg
Grandpas United, White Plains, NY

“I so appreciate the great support and thoughtful consultation of the entire Encore team. There’s no doubt that Encore.org is pulling out all the stops to build a nationwide network of caring, talented innovators and invaluable, intergenerational programs!”

Jim Isenberg
Grandpas United, White Plains, NY

Funders

Thanks to the generous funders of this fellowship:

  • The John Templeton Foundation
  • The Eisner Foundation
  • The May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
  • The RRF Foundation for Aging

Advisors and coaches

  • Amy Clark, Communications, Ashoka U.S.
  • Andrew J. Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School
  • Cal J. Halvorsen, Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work and Senior Research Fellow, Encore.org
  • Carol Larson, former President & CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Courtney E. Martin, Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network
  • Chip Conley, Founder, Modern Elder Academy; Strategic Advisor, Airbnb; and Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality
  • David Hsu, Fellow, Omidyar Network
  • David Vásquez-Levy, President, Pacific School of Religion
  • Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United
  • Eric Liu, Co-founder & CEO, Citizen University
  • Gara LaMarche, former President, Democracy Alliance; Senior Fellow, Encore.org
  • Harriette Cole, Senior Fellow, Encore.org
  • Isabel González Whitaker, Senior Fellow, Encore.org
  • Jamal Joseph, Founder & Executive Artistic Director, IMPACT Repertory Theatre
  • Jason Marsh, Executive Director, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
  • Jehan Velji, Managing Director, Blue Meridian Partners
  • Jenn Lishansky, Chief Engagement Officer, Be Social Change
  • Jennie Chin Hansen, former President AARP, Former CEO American Geriatrics Society
  • John Gomperts, former President & CEO, America’s Promise Alliance
  • Justin Kaufflin, Jazz Pianist and ComposerKate Schaefers, Executive Director, University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative
  • Keanne Henry, Vice President, AARP
  • Laura Carstensen, Director, Stanford Center on LongevityLester Strong, Founder, The Peaceful Guardians Project; former CEO, AARP Experience Corps
  • Lori Broglio Severens, Associate Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
  • Max Tuchman, Co-founder & CEO, Caribu
  • Michelle Hynes, Change Facilitator and Career Coach
  • Nancy Morrow-Howell, Director, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University
  • Patrice Martin, Co-founder & CEO, The Holding Co.
  • Phyllis Segal, Senior Fellow, Encore.org
  • Ruth Wooden, Program Director, Union Theological Seminary, former President of Public Agenda and the Ad Council
  • Robert Egger, Founder, DC Central Kitchen
  • Sandro Olivieri, President, Productive; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, AT&T Aspire Accelerator
  • Scott Keoni Shigeoka, Creative in Residence, Encore.org
  • Sherry Lansing, The Sherry Lansing Foundation; Former Chair, Paramount Pictures
  • Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT
  • Susan Gianinno, Senior Advisor, Publicis North America and Chair Emeritus, The Advertising Council’s Board of Directors
  • William Damon, Professor & Director, Center on Adolescence, Stanford

“I’ve gained a community of peers who are working toward a similar vision, facing the same challenges. Every time I go into a cohort meeting, I’m stressed about something, but then I leave feeling relaxed and happy with a sense of clarity about the next steps for Big & Mini.”

Aditi Merchant
Big & Mini, Austin, Texas

“I’ve gained a community of peers who are working toward a similar vision, facing the same challenges. Every time I go into a cohort meeting, I’m stressed about something, but then I leave feeling relaxed and happy with a sense of clarity about the next steps for Big & Mini.”

Aditi Merchant
Big & Mini, Austin, Texas

FAQ

For more on the Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship, including application information and eligibility criteria, check out our FAQs here.

“I have always been an eager learner, but the fellowship has expanded the field of who I can learn from. The introductions made inside and outside the fellowship group have been invaluable.”

Elizabeth Lokon
Opening Minds through Art, Miami University, Oxford, OH

“I have always been an eager learner, but the fellowship has expanded the field of who I can learn from. The introductions made inside and outside the fellowship group have been invaluable.”

Elizabeth Lokon
Opening Minds through Art, Miami University, Oxford, OH

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