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NOW Generation

For more information, please contact:

Megan Sorenson

Assoc. Director of  the Chautauqua Fund &
Staff Liaison to the NOW Generation

(716) 357-6243 |

NOW Generation

The NOW Generation is comprised of young adults (ages 21-40) who find value and meaning in promoting the Chautauqua experience and devote their time, energy and resources to ensuring its longevity and continued relevance.

The NOW Generation is a valuable resource for every young Chautauquan to deepen her or his social and civic engagement. Designed to encourage a more vibrant, diverse and robust community, the NOW Generation seeks to cultivate current assets, and to strengthen and develop new networks of individuals and partnering organizations that will build a stronger Chautauqua… a Chautauqua that will continue to welcome and nourish young professionals, families and artists for generations to come.

Objectives of the NOW Generation Initiative:

  • Create a network of young Chautauquans who connect year-round and more fully explore the texture and dimension Chautauqua adds to their lives
  • Encourage creativity and fresh ways of thinking and learning, and share knowledge of emerging interests within the Chautauqua community
  • Provide organic, grassroots philanthropy at Chautauqua that is both intimate and far-reaching
  • Provide ways to match young people’s values, social vision, educational pursuits and spiritual ideals with Chautauqua’s evolving needs and opportunities
  • Prepare and empower young adults for leadership roles


Creating a more vibrant, diverse and robust community, members of the NOW Generation are building upon the rich tradition of volunteerism at Chautauqua. NOW Generation volunteer activities encompass a variety of capacities that best suit each member’s desires and are aligned with their interests, skills and talents, including:

  • Serving as a community ambassador
  • Hosting a Chautauqua Advocates program in their home community
  • Assisting with events during the summer season
  • Organizing regional events during the off-season as a Regional Captain
  • Developing NOW Generation initiatives as a member of the Advisory Council
  • Marketing & public relations
  • Fundraising & development
  • Community planning & design
  • Networking & strategic collaborations


The strength of the NOW Generation lies in its members whose collective intelligence, wisdom and passion for excellence forms a vast network of peers to help each other become informed leaders and engaged citizens both at Chautauqua and in their home communities.

Benefits of Membership in the NOW Generation

  • Invitation to an annual President's Reception and other summer activities
  • Opportunities to attend regional events in various cities

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Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722
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