CoGenerate recently teamed up with Fine Acts, a global creative studio for social impact, to launch an open call for illustrations showing generations working together for change. We’re looking for illustrations that show older and younger people coming together to...
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Seniors in Service Is Bringing AmeriCorps Members of All Ages Together To Tackle Food Insecurity in Tampa Bay
What is your program called, and how does it work? Seniors in Service is bringing members of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors together to fight food insecurity. They serve together at local pantries that depend on volunteers to provide food for hundreds of families...
A New Conversation About Service That Crosses Generations
Can a single meal begin to bridge divides? Back in January, two major partners in CoGenerate’s work teamed up to find out. On the MLK Day of Service, Generations Over Dinner and AmeriCorps joined with senior living communities across the country to host more than 100...
Purpose Prize Fellow 2007
Engaging youth around sustainability, education, human rights, social justice, and poverty
Through public dialogues and forums staged in Hawaii, Maeona Mendelson helped to spotlight young people’s perspectives on global and local issues and to engage young people in activities to address environmental sustainability, education, human rights, social justice, and poverty. When she realized that older adults could do more to help young people address their concerns, Mendelson shifted her focus to intergenerational strategies. In 2000, she became executive director of the Hawaii Intergenerational Network, a non-profit that pairs older adults with young people – as tutors and mentors for preschool and elementary school students and as collaborators with university students in alleviating the isolation of elders living alone. After 9/11, Mendelson launched a program called “See through My Eyes, Walk in My Shoes,” in which high school students and older adults selected films, songs, and poems from their generations that exemplified American values; then discussed their choices. She helped create a video capturing the voices of Hawaii’s civil rights advocates, which became a high school resource. For her leadership and initiative, state lawmakers in 2005 commended Mendelson for cultural and educational contributions in Hawaii. Mendelson recently founded Travel & Learn, LLC which offers study tours for older travelers who want to make a difference for children and youth across the globe.
2015 Update: Travel&Learn closed in 2014. Mendelson now serves on the Board of HelpAge/USA, an organization that empowers vulnerable older adults by building awareness of global aging issues, advocates public policy change and implements practical projects.