Greetings Network Members and Supporters:
GenPhilly is turning two this month! In February 2009, a handful of “young professionals” in the Aging Network got together to create GenPhilly. Today, we have more than 180 members from diverse disciplines, such as urban planning, social work, philanthropy, community development, marketing, the arts, city government and more.
Through creative programming, we inspire and engage Philadelphians to connect with older adults in their professionals and personal lives. Over the past two years, we’ve catalyzed new efforts in the city to support seniors and their pets, to connect senior centers to community gardens, to celebrate creativity and aging, to explore the images of woman and aging in the media, and much more.
These events, our listserv, and bi-monthly meetings are increasing the capacity of tomorrow’s leaders to understand the opportunities and challenges of an aging society.
Here are some of our accomplishments:
- We have planned and administered 12 events
- Been invited to participate in TedX Philly, Ignite Philly, the P’unk Avenue Junto, and Young Involved Philadelphia’s State of Young Philly
- Held 11 bimonthly networking meetings
- Cultivated an event listserv of roughly 415 people.
- Been featured in the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal
- Collaborated with other Young Professional Groups such as Young Involved Philadelphia, the Junior League of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Young Friends of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society to promote age-friendly programs
- Participated in the development of the Age-friendly Parks Checklist, which was highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer (and picked up around the country in blogs such as cityparksblog)
- Created a Careers in Aging Resource Guide
- Developed a Toolkit for Connecting Seniors and Community Gardens
- Connected senior centers and housing complexes with resources to create community gardens
- Designed a Resource Guide and Report on the need for a program that supports pets and seniors in Philadelphia
- Received an award for our advocacy on behalf of pets and seniors from the Sarge Fund
- Inspired PCA’s www.phillypetsandseniors.com website and the PCA Research Department’s successful request to ask the Public Health Management Corporation to add a question about seniors about pets in their bi-annual community health survey
- Brought on two new Leadership Committee Members
- Shared our model with emerging professionals in other cities to spur replication
While much of the success of this network is due to the vision and commitment of members, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), the Area Agency on Aging for Philadelphia, deserves strong recognition for its foresight in supporting the group and for devoting staff time to its development. We would also like to thank the United Way and the Jewish Federation for offering space for our bi-monthly meetings.
We are very proud that our programming has catalyzed larger efforts by local organizations to make the city more “age-friendly” and with your continued participation, we hope to further this trend in 2011.
Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events including:
- Career Boom: Job Security in an Aging America on April 13th at Temple University
- The Vintage Dance Party in July
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you are an emerging leader, to join the network.
The GenPhilly Leadership Committee