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These 10 Innovators Use Cogeneration to Advance Economic Opportunity

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Our first group of CoGen Challenge awardees are bringing older and younger people together  to boost the economic prospects of substitute teachers, artists with disabilities, people without homes, girls facing hardship in Appalachia, and so much more.   To learn more...

‘I Want These Girls to Know They Have Limitless Possibilities’

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Gwen Johnson is the founder of Mamaw Mentorship in Eastern Kentucky and one of 10 awardees of the CoGen Challenge to Advance Economic Opportunity. Watch for interviews with all 10 of these innovators bringing older and younger people together to open doors to economic...

Need a Guide To Spark Productive, Intergenerational Conversations?

Need a Guide To Spark Productive, Intergenerational Conversations?

In March, we released our latest report, What Young Leaders Want — And Don’t Want — From Older Allies, summarizing what 31 Gen Z and Millennial leaders had to say about working with older people to solve pressing problems — aka “cogeneration” — and how it can be...

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Alexandra “Sandy” Close

New America Media/Pacific News Service
Purpose Prize Fellow 2006

Promoting the editorial visibility and economic viability of ethnic media

Alexandra “Sandy” Close, founder of the Pacific News Service, launched New California Media in 1996 to unite ethnic and youth media outlets under one news service, giving them far greater reach and economic viability. Youth media had been of interest to Close for some time, who at Pacific News Service had broadcast the work of both lower income and incarcerated youth writers. Ethnic media are the primary source of news for more than half of California’s new ethic majority. In boosting the visibility of this sector of American journalism, Close hoped to build an inclusive public discourse and to connect lesser known or marginalized ethnic news and youth media to decision makers in government, business, foundations, and academia. The organization expanded to include 2000 outlets across the country and was renamed New American Media. The resources provided by New American Media include a news wire streaming the work of its own writers and editors; an ethnic media association; a marketing service to provide greater access to advertising dollars; and a multilingual polling program to gauge the views of non-English speaking and ethnic minority populations normally excluded from mainstream public opinion surveys.