Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Intergenerational Community Building

Track Leader: Corita Brown

The promise of intergenerational community building lies in the intersection of four important current trends:

  • a growing older population that seeks opportunities for connection and contribution;
  • a “racial generation gap” in which the majority of older adults are white and an increasing percentage of youth are African-American, Latino, Asian-American and Native American;
  • the need to strengthen the social compact that supports and connects people across the life span;
  • and growing recognition that community change requires new, more comprehensive approaches, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

This experiential workshop is based on lessons learned from Communities for All Ages, a national, intergenerational community building initiative developed by the Intergenerational Center, Temple University.

The workshop explores the potential of intergenerational strategies to improve the well-being of all generations in a community, increase social connection, and promote lifelong civic engagement.

Who Should Attend?

Individuals of all ages who are interested in promoting inclusion, learning about intergenerational leadership and mentoring, and implementing intergenerational approaches for planning and action.

What Can I Expect to Learn?

Participants will leave with tangible strategies and skills for:

  • Building new organizational alliances and collaborations around critical community concerns;
  • Engaging residents of multiple generations in decision making and other leadership roles;
  • Creating places, practices and policies that support intergenerational interaction and connection; and
  • Employing a lifespan perspective to address local issues such as housing, economic development, health, safety, education, the environment and family support.


  • Intergenerational Community Building Resource Guide
  • Action Plan Template

Track Limit: 25


Corita Brown has twenty years of experience designing and leading workshops, trainings and meetings for diverse groups in a range of demographics, geographies, and issue areas.  Ms. Brown has a successful track record building the capacity of diverse teams in the nonprofit, community development and philanthropic realms, with an emphasis on developing multi-generational leadership and lifespan approaches to community change.

Corita holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology and Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She worked as the Assistant Director and National Training Director of The Intergenerational Center at Temple University from 2009-2015 and is currently finishing her PhD in Urban Studies at Temple University.  She works in both English and Spanish.


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