Penn State Launches the “Intergenerational Leadership Institute”

Posted: December 19, 2014

The Intergenerational Leadership Institute (ILI) is a certificate training program offered by Penn State for older adults (55+) wishing to develop (or expand) intergenerational programs in their areas of interest. The ILI program is designed to build participants’ intergenerational programming skills, extend their leadership skills, and provide them with opportunities to translate their intervention ideas into concrete plans, programs, and campaigns.

Front L-R: Carolyn Lembeck, Gini Brickwedde, Finch van Divier, Martha Evans. Back L-R: Amy Lorek (Penn State Center for Healthy Aging), Matt Kaplan (Penn State Intergenerational Program), Bill Kephart, Dave Beppler, Kathy Stem, Stan Lembeck, Marsha Sackash, and Heather Greenwood (Penn State / University of Hawaii Manoa). [Not pictured: Joe Kowalski]

The ILI’s inaugural training program began on September 16, 2014 with 10 participants from State College, PA and surrounding communities. The participants (pictured) took the first step toward the ILI Certificate, which is a 9‐session mini‐course on intergenerational programming. Those choosing to continue through the certificate process meet for monthly “application seminars” and take part in additional training and networking opportunities provided by Penn State and partnering organizations. Members of this first ILI group have interests that span the areas of literacy education, environmental education, craft and art programs, and dance and movement programs.

The ILI is co‐sponsored by the Penn State Intergenerational Program, Penn State Center for Healthy Aging, and RSVP‐Centre County. To find out how to establish an ILI chapter in your university or community, contact Matt Kaplan at