Generation to Generation mobilizes adults ages 50+ to support community-based organizations serving youth through programs addressing education equity.
The rewards of this intergenerational movement go both ways: age 50+ people inspire and educate younger people and younger people inspire and educate people age 50+.
Nonprofit organizations serving kids, young adults, and underserved communities can apply to be matched with a Gen2Gen volunteer who can bring the skills, experience, and enthusiasm needed for a wide variety of roles, ranging from mentoring to capacity building to staff support.
Gen2Gen is a nationwide campaign powered by Encore.org, the originating organization for Encore Fellows and fellowships. As the host of the local Puget Sound-area chapter, 501 Commons will recruit older adults with a passion for helping young people and fostering positive intergenerational relationships and connect them with a participating host organization.
The types of roles volunteers can fill include:
- Assisting high school students in applying for college, seeking financial aid, and developing studious work habits
- Helping under-served students learn reading skills, finish homework and study for tests
- Showing students ways to get involved in the community
- Building long-term relationships with students to empower them to finish school and become successful adults
- Supporting program staff
- Participating in capacity building projects (could include Service Corps, Encore Fellows)
- Board membership and leadership
Adults 50+ who are retired, considering retirement, or can share their and talents find reinvigoration through the benefits of an intergenerational relationship, and with a sense of purpose by lending their hearts and minds to some of our community’s most vulnerable.
Contact Jim McGinley to learn how to get involved in Generation to Generation-Seattle.