How It Started
The Journey As Told By Our Founder
Taking the earliest flight out I could to see my grandfather suddenly hospitalized on the other side of the planet, getting ill while there, then losing a position as a Community Outreach VISTA for a nonprofit I was with at the time and also approaching my 30’s - a pocket of time was allowed to me to re-evaluate what I wanted to do in my life.
Come very early 2016 and I was determined to start my own business focused on the beauty of enriching oneself by learning new skills with others. I had just learned of Chinese senior colleges that I were commonplace there and wanted to bring my own personal version of that experience to senior communities and people in general in Chicago.
With the spirit I felt that those life-long learning communities had, I named my business Learn More, Live More and we opened our classes Spring of that year.
As things progressed, I re-called a college research paper I had written about aging America and one sliver of it sticking out to me about inter-generality and longevity.
Soon, it became apparent to me that I would want to bring generations together and build a free-flowing community without age segregated classes and to combine populations of all kinds under one roof to learn and explore a variety of topics together. The challenge became how to do that.
Being fiscally sponsored by Resilience Partners, NFP at this point, I went ahead and organized together a fundraiser for what we hoped to be our first inter-generational program.
By now, we had a variety of offerings taught by a group of instructors and with my curatorial background, I organized an art show to benefit a program that in Fall of 2017 allowed for each student of the close-knit group to learn all the disciplines we taught with those of other generations each week for the course of 2 months, and by this time, we were called Seeds Center.
We were then able to raise funds again for our Fall 2018 “Intergen” Program and plans to start “Intergen” Outings bringing past groups together for events and gatherings around the city are expected to start 2019 Spring. Other ideas to make our programs barrier-less in terms of language are also expected for 2019. And we have high hopes for creating new programming that continues to explore using learning as a medium for bringing people together, enriching the community, and rethinking gaps in traditionally structured learning.