Encore in the Media and Other News
Got a big idea that connects the generations? Applications are now open for The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge, which seeks organizations and individuals who think creatively about how to harness the skills and experience of encore talent — people 50+ — in support of young people. Please help us spread the word (click to tweet).
Check out this phenomenal New York Times profile of The Encore Transition Program — created by our board member Ruth Wooden at Union Theological Seminary — which began last year to help experienced adults make an impact in their communities. Like retired English professor Dr. Onita Estes-Hicks who, after learning that she was descended from slaves sold to preserve Georgetown in 1838, is using the course’s learnings to develop a plan to address race and reconciliation issues. She says: “It was like our core identity was Catholic and was taken from us in ways we cannot sift through. Encore is helping give me a sense of destiny.”
A Next Avenue story touts The Encore Prize and our new research with Stanford University on later-life purpose. And speaking of prizes, if you know someone over 50 focused on advancing social good, nominate them for the AARP Purpose Prize award; see details here.
Congratulations to our President Ann MacDougall for being selected as a 2017 Ford Public Voices Fellow, in recognition of her exceptional knowledge and expertise of the encore movement.
Grab a copy of Gen2Gen campaign advisor Eric Liu’s newly released book You’re More Powerful Than You Think to learn how citizens everywhere — including encore talent — can claim the power to transform their communities.
What We’re Reading (and Watching)
Aireen Navarro Khauv: Older Workers Find Age Discrimination Built Right Into Some Job Websites
Jim Emerman: Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever
Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week
National service builds on our country’s highest ideals, harnessing the energy, wisdom and skills of people of all ages to improve our communities, as our Gen2Gen members show. Yet the proposed Federal budget threatens the Corporation for National and Community Service — the federal agency that supports AmeriCorps and Senior Corps — with potential elimination. Click here to take action today, and call Congress to help save national service!