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These 10 Innovators Use Cogeneration to Advance Economic Opportunity

These 10 Innovators Use Cogeneration to Advance Economic Opportunity

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’

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

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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Mel King

South End Technology Center @ Tent City
Purpose Prize Fellow 2006

Enabling people to become producers of knowledge and sharers of ideas through technology

Educator and poet Mel King, 77, founded the South End Technology Center @ Tent City in Boston in 1997 to provide access to technology and technological training to those who had been excluded from the technological revolution. King had always been interested in helping youth in the neighborhoods of Boston and began to think of using technology as a catalyst for positive community change. He created the Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn program in 2002 to provide teenagers meaningful paid work and an education experience at MIT. After their own training, the student-teachers teach younger people in summer technology camps throughout Boston. Last year youth teachers exposed nearly 300 kids aged 8-13 to six different emerging technologies: robotics, animation and game-programming, web design tools, videography, solar and hydrogen fuel cell energy, and digital fabrication. Working with MIT students, youth teachers also design projects that apply several technologies to address problems in their communities. Students from the program have gone on to study science and engineering in college and have returned as program mentors.