Want to Recruit Younger People? Look Within

Want to Recruit Younger People? Look Within

For the past five years, I’ve been working as an advocate for the causes I believe in and for more intergenerational collaboration. Young people like me want more opportunities to work across generations for change, but we also want to be treated as equals.  To...

Announcing the 2021 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows

By Eunice Lin Nichols and Janet Oh | Oct 4, 2021

These 15 innovators, 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.Collage of the 15 Gen2Gen innovation Fellows

What if, instead of being pulled apart by one crisis after another, we pulled together to seek solutions, build bridges across divides, and find deeper connection in the process?

Meet our second cohort of Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows — 15 leaders who dare to imagine new ways to come together for the greater good.

All are bringing older and younger generations together to co-create, or co-generate, solutions.

All are fighting for justice, equity and a better world, while working in creative, new ways to reduce isolation and polarization.

All are lifting up underrepresented voices. And many are harnessing the power of art — dance, music, film, writing, storytelling and traditional fabric arts — to create connection and joy.

We hope you see the urgency and creativity of their work — and are as inspired by them as we are.

And now, the 2021 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows:

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

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

Cynthia Barnett, CEO & Founder, STEAM Village, Amazing Girls ScienceHarnessing 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, SymparaBringing young and old leaders together to repurpose religious space for the common good

Deborah Tien, Co-founder, Block Steward AcademyStrengthening the social fabric and rebuilding intergenerational trust, one neighborhood at a time

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

Fernande Raine, CEO, got historyChanging how history is taught to prepare young people as changemakers

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

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

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

Katherine Kim, Senior Editor, Koreatown Youth and Community CenterEmpowering immigrant communities through intergenerational storytelling

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

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

Samantha Derrick, Program Director, Plant Futures InitiativeEducating 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 CommunityDeveloping a statewide, intergenerational approach to combating social isolation and loneliness

Eunice Lin Nichols is Co-CEO of CoGenerate and Janet Oh co-leads CoGenerate’s innovation work.

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