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Join GenR

When you become a GenR member, you join a community of young leaders, professionals and humanitarians (ages 25-40) who want to make an impact in the lives of refugees and families caught in crisis.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend exclusive IRC-related events to learn more about how you can make an impact. You’ll also learn about how you can work with other like-minded individuals to raise funds, volunteer with recently resettled refugees and even visit the IRC's international programs around the world. 

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Who is GenR for?

GenR members are young leaders and professionals who are aware of the issues that refugees face and are interested in learning more and working together to support the IRC’s efforts in their local community and around the world.  

What does GenR do?

GenR seeks to grow an international movement of young leaders who build awareness of humanitarian emergencies, raise funds for the International Rescue Committee’s life-changing programs, and advocate for the people the IRC serves— who are among the most vulnerable in the world.

Whether GenR members are volunteering at a community garden with resettled refugee families, mentoring refugee youth, sharing news and information on social media with friends, or traveling to visit the IRC’s international programs, GenR members are a force for change and are making an impact. 

Where are GenR chapters?

New York City AreaBay Area, Charlottesville, DC MetroLos Angeles, Salt Lake City and Dallas.

Since launching in New York City in 2010, GenR chapters have opened in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Charlottesville and DC Metro. If you want to get involved, please contact Melissa Meredith at [email protected] to learn more.

How do I join GenR?

Joining GenR is easy. Your $125 annual membership is a tax-deductible donation to the IRC. With your membership, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to invitation-only events, including IRC phone and web briefings from the field, etc.
  • Discounted pricing to flagship GenR Force for Change Event Series across the country
  • Invitations to select IRC events with special GenR ticket pricing
  • Exclusive GenR e-newsletter

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GenR in action

Since 2011, GenR members have come together to support the IRC's vital mission by hosting events, volunteering their time, helping to raise funds, connecting with fellow members and just having fun.

  • SLC Leadership Committee members, Charles Ezeani, with IRC staff at the Escaping Syria Film Screening and Discussion at Publik Coffee House in Salt Lake City. Photo: IRC

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  • Seattle launched in April 2015 with the First Annual Flavors of the IRC: From Syria to Seattle. Photo: IRC

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  • Bay Area members and guests at the Third Annual GenR Food Stories: From Burma to the Bay at SomARTS in San Francisco. Photo: Bromance Photography

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  • GenR members and IRC Staff at the IRC's office in Kiryandongo, Uganda during the GenR Trip to the Field. Photo: IRC

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  • NY Leadership Committee member, Leigh Fleet, at the IRC's NY Resettlement Office Holiday Party.  GenR members helped to collect and distribute over 200 toys to refugee youth over the holiday season in New York and New Jersey. Photo: IRC

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  • NY members at a Career Mentoring Volunteer Day with the IRC's Leaders In Training refugee youth program. Photo: IRC

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Why I'm a part of GenR

Whether it’s assisting refugees who have been forced to flee the Syrian conflict or guiding refugee youth through the New York public school system, their work is important, impactful and transforms lives. I am excited and honored to join the IRC’s team.

Piper PeraboActress, GenR leader and voice for the IRC