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The JCY-Westchester Community Partner’s mission is to enhance the educational experience of children in Westchester County through effective learning initiatives and the engagement of volunteer mentors.


In 2007 the Jewish Council of Yonkers spearheaded the launch of the Westchester Chapter of NYSIgN – New York State Intergenerational Network.


NYSIgN’s goal is to advocate, educate, and communicate the importance of intergenerational programs as a successful model for all community programming.


The Westchester Chapter of the New York State Intergenerational Network continues its goal to educate and advocate on the benefits of intergenerational programs. NYSIgN works to increase awareness and infuse intergenerational thinking and funding into all community betterment programs. Intergenerational service providers network and share best practices by coming together six times a year. 90 organizations and individuals are a part of this initiative spearheaded by the JCY-Westchester Community Partners.


NYSIgN Westchester is planning its first Intergenerational Programs Conference in Westchester County this coming fall. A planning committee has been formed to organize this exciting first time event. Sponsors include Westchester County Departments of Senior Programs and Services, Westchester County Youth Bureau, Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

Advocacy and Outreach continued at the Legislative Speak-Out on January 29th, in a phone conference with the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging, Mike Burgess, and Kevin Brabazon, the New York City NYSIgN Chapter President.


What NYSIgN is


The New York State Intergenerational Network (NYSIgN) is a statewide, non-profit organization of over 100 voluntary agencies and individuals. It is comprised of county chapters, grouped into regions. Regional areas are currently New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, but are being expanded to the Hudson Valley, Albany and Upstate. Each region has two representatives on the Board of Directors.


NYSIgN is a member of Generations United, the national coalition on intergenerational issues and programs.


History of NYSIgN


NYSIgN emerged as an outgrowth of the first Generations United national conference held in 1988 in Washington, D.C., by the Child Welfare League of America and the National Council on the Aging. In 1990, NYSIgN received a Pioneer Award from Generations United for establishing a statewide network.


Our Purpose


Our goals are to stimulate the growth of Intergenerational programming and to advocate for public polices that recognize the benefits of different generations working together. Linking generations creates a sense of family, strengthens communities, and makes the skills and experience of different generations available to one another.


NYSIgN has established the following objectives:


  • To assist with program development by providing written materials, training conferences, and guidelines for program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • To create and maintain a resource directory of intergenerational programs throughout New York State.
  • To advocate on policy issues which address human needs of all generations at local, state, and national levels.
  • To support and promote regional networks


What Membership Offers


  • Program development assistance       
  • Guidance and support in advocacy for policy issues at local, state and national levels     
  • Opportunity for shared resources and knowledge     
  • Resource Directory listing over 400 intergenerational programs in the state       
  • Quarterly newsletter and news updates       
  • Invitation to participate in NYSIgN’s Award Ceremony.  




Since 2006, NYSIgN-Westchester, a coalition of local non-profit agencies, educational institutions, government agencies, and individuals, has been advocating for and educating the community about intergenerational strategies as a means of achieving successful programming and policy.


For additional information, contact:

Janice Kirschner, JCY-WCP

(914) 423-5009