This website provides a brief overview, rationale, and ways to get involved in the Pennsylvania Intergenerational Network (PIN) that will be officially launched on July 7, 2022.

Why a Network?

In planning the first statewide intergenerational conference in Pennsylvania – which will take place in State College, PA – on July 5-7, 2022, the diverse planning committee, with representation across sectors and disciplines, realized that the goal of promoting and expanding intergenerational work in Pennsylvania would require activity more substantial than any single event. That is why one of the objectives of our conference is laying the foundation for launching the Pennsylvania Intergenerational Network (PIN).

Purpose of the Network

The PIN will serve many functions, including:

  • Establishing a “clearinghouse” or information exchange system for sharing best practices
  • Providing technical assistance on issues related to program planning, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination
  • Advocating for institutional practices and policies that support and enrich intergenerational relations in families and community settings
  • Stimulating new program development, incubating new ideas and demonstration projects
  • Launching education campaigns aimed at informing the public about the ways in which intergenerational programs enrich people's lives and help address vital social and community issues.

Intergenerational networks are also “vision enablers.” For those already engaged in intergenerational work, a network such as PIN can help them effect social, organizational, and political change on a more ambitious level than when operating solely by themselves. 

To serve such functions, the Network will draw upon the expertise, resources, and databases shared among its members, supporters and advocates.

Sign Up!

You can sign up for the PIN when you register for the Pennsylvania Intergenerational Conference or you could go directly to the PIN Sign Up Page. There you will find a short survey with some questions about your intergenerational program endeavors and interests as well as your preference for how you would like to become involved in the Network as it approaches lift-off.

We do hope you decide to become one of the inaugural members of the Pennsylvania Intergenerational Network and perhaps even join the PIN leadership team. If you have any questions about PIN  - including what is involved in becoming a member, serving on the leadership team, or supporting the Network in some other way, please let us know [Contact: Matt Kaplan at msk15@psu.edu.]

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Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging

Contact Us

Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging