AARP Purpose Prize™ Nominations Now Open: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

Nominations for The AARP Purpose Prize™ award, which honors extraordinary individuals who use their life experience to make a better future for all, have officially launched! Five individuals will each be awarded $50,000 to recognize the positive, social impact of their accomplishments. The call for nominations is open until May 12, 2017, and winners will be announced this fall; see details here, and please help us spread the word (click to tweet).  

We’re delighted to share the news that our CEO and founder Marc Freedman has been invited to join the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as a visiting scholar! 

Read how Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) partner Generations United, believes that building intergenerational connections in our own communities can become a huge source of national strength!

We love reading about the touching intergenerational bonds that Gen2Gen partner The Oasis Institute has created, like the one between 8 year-old Hunter Hayes and his 80-year-old tutor Mr. Woody. 

In this new story from Gen2Gen partner Big Brothers Big Sisters, read how an empty nester who signed up to be a “Big Sister” and a boy who’d been hoping for a “Big Brother” found real friendship.

In New York City? We’re excited to partner with Be Social Change on March 7th to celebrate and connect with New York’s nonprofit sector at the New York Nonprofit Mixer; see details here.

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Janet Shaw: More Women in Their 60s and 70s Are Having ‘Way Too Much Fun’ to Retire

Ann MacDougall: Jimmy Carter Makes a Stand for Solar, Decades After the Cardigan Sweater

Phyllis Segal: Tell Congress: Expand Service Years for A Greater Us

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

Looking for a fun and educational activity you can do with the young people in your life this Black History Month? Check out the “Black Excellence is Everywhere You Look Facilitator Guide” on the DIY section of the Gen2Gen site, and introduce a young person you know to a unsung hero of the movement. Do you know of a project or activity that connects older and younger generations in powerful ways? Send your tips to us here — we’re excited to spread your ideas across the country!