Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2017 – The national movement of Generation to Generation takes root in Los Angeles, where a robust group of over 20 local organizations, agencies and leaders have come together to bridge the oldest and youngest generations through a community-based volunteer program. Generation to Generation Los Angeles (Gen2Gen LA) seeks to mobilize 150 new volunteers to share their talents and mentor 1,200 young children, from birth to age eight by Summer 2017. Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved at public libraries, early learning centers, and elementary schools.
Powered by Encore.org and with a network of more than 70 partner organizations, the national campaign aims to mobilize one million adults over 50 to help kids who could greatly benefit from more support — shifting the national narrative away from conflict and social isolation, and towards intergenerational community engagement.
Gen2Gen LA commences with an intergenerational celebration in the community of Boyle Heights on Thursday, April 20th at the Boyle Heights City Hall Community room, located at 2130 E 1st Street, First Floor, Los Angeles, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Community leaders, including LAUP’s CEO, Scott Hippert, will be speaking at the event. Mentors will have the opportunity to volunteer on-site, and families will be able to engage with community members and learn about the readily available resources in their communities.
“When we bridge generations, we find purpose: children thrive and find passion under mentorship, and older adults revel in sharing their unique talents and experiences,” said Scott Hippert, LAUP’s CEO. “More than 26% of percent of children in Los Angeles County live below the poverty level. Young people need more adults in their lives, and these mentors have invaluable experience and talent that has the potential to nurture the untapped qualities in these children, and set them onto a path to a better future.”
For more information or to attend the Gen2Gen LA kick-off event, please click here. The Los Angeles initiative is made possible by a seed grant from the Eisner Foundation and Social Venture Partners. Community-wide efforts to develop intergenerational impact zones have begun in San Francisco, San Jose, Boston, Seattle and elsewhere.
About Generation to Generation
Powered by Encore.org and with a network of more than 70 partner organizations, Generation to Generation aims to mobilize one million adults over 50 to help kids who could greatly benefit from more support — shifting the national narrative away from conflict and social isolation, and towards intergenerational community engagement.