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. It is open to all members of this community ages 21-40 and philanthropic participation is encouraged but not required.

The NOW Generation is a valuable resource for every young Chautauquan to deepen their 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.

For more information on additional programs, volunteer opportunities or more, please “like” the NOW Generation at To sign up for the NOW Generation e-newsletter and receive invitations to upcoming events, please contact Megan Sorenson at or 716.357.6243.

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 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
  • Assisting with events during the summer season
  • Organizing regional events during the off-season
  • 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 welcome reception and other summer activities
  • Opportunities to attend regional events in various cities across the country