Generations Serving Generations is a project led by the Illinois Department on Aging and the Serve Illinois Commission. The project, built on the strong intergenerational traditions of education, aging and service in Illinois, participated in a National Governors Association effort to promote the civic engagement of older generations in service, learning and work.
Illinois was one of 14 states selected to participate in the project. Other states chosen were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wyoming. The original goals were to 1) Build an infrastructure of involvement for those 50+ in work, learning and service, 2) Communicate the importance of civic engagement to retirees, educators, employers, and the public, and 3) Develop policy and public support for civic engagement.
The most recent project, Why News Matters, in cooperation with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is an effort to understand the importance of news and developing skills to be wise consumers of news.
See the Winter/Spring Issue of Continuance for additional information about Why News Matters and Generations Serving Generations.