Historic Women’s Organization Hosts Speak-out for Millennials and Members of Generation X
An African-American women’s organization with roots in Rochester for over 50 years recently hosted a discussion event targeting Millennials and baby boomers. The event, titled ‘Generational Speak-Out Forum’, was hosted by the Rochester Genesee Valley Club of the National Association for Negro and Professional Black Women Clubs (NANBPWC on Feb. 28th at the Arnett Library.
The forum was targeted at bringing Rochester residents between the ages of 18 and 54 together to discuss issues relevant to the Rochester community—age groups whom Rochester Genesee Valley Club President Martha Hope, says have very contrasting perspectives on society. Managing those age groups in a community setting is a task the Rochester Genesee Valley Club believes is worth discussing. “On a personal level, I’d like to know how we got to where we are now,” Hope said of the differences in community from her childhood to now. “We don’t listen to each other.”
Pre-organized topics for the event included strategies to curb violence in Rochester, the shift in the meaning of community and traditional family values, how to reach Generation Y and what drives Millennials and baby boomers into volunteerism.
“Millennials and members of Generation X are a key driving force in decision-making in today’s society,” Leah Shaw, a Rochester-area freelance writer who has collaborated with the
NANBPWC to create the forum. “Those between the ages of 18 and 54 hold a lot of power as parents, voters, homeowners, and members of the current middle class workforce, etc. ”Shaw will be using feedback from the event to continue the discussions in upcoming workshops with the organization.
The Rochester Genesee Valley Club was co-founded in 1958 by Midge Thomas, widow of the late Dr. Freddie Thomas. The club provides professional development and support to African-American women and their communities.
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