Keep JFK’s Legacy Alive: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

After spending the centennial commemoration of President John F. Kennedy’s birth as a judge for a high school Civics Day hosted by Gen2Gen partner Generation Citizen, our VP Phyllis Segal shared her experience with the Boston Herald. She observed, “If the students taking part in Civics Day are any indication, this generation is showing it has the mettle to tackle the challenges of this century.” Even so, they’ll need guidance from experienced adults who step in and volunteer to share their knowledge, skills and compassion with young people.

During the summer, many children lose access to safe places to play, learn and enjoy healthy meals. Join us today in stepping up to make a significant difference through the #Gen2GenSummer Challenge here.

Check out our 10 Ways to Help Kids This Summer flyer for fun, simple “Do-It-Yourself” (or “Do-It-With-Friends”) ideas. We hope you’ll create some Gen2Gen moments this summer by downloading the flyer, printing out 10 or more copies and posting them around town. Take pictures with your phone of where you post the flyers and share them on social media using the hashtag #Gen2GenSummer.

Our Encore Fellowships Network has expanded to Boulder County, Colorado! There’s details here on how to become, or host, a fellow in the region.

Learn how the “Reframing Aging” initiative from The FrameWorks Institute offers effective themes to boost knowledge, attitudes and policy preferences on aging issues — including our Gen2Gen campaign.

A new Pacific Standard piece profiles 2014 Purpose Prize fellow Wilhelmina Perry, whose organization LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent works to reduce homophobia in the Christian black community.

2015 Purpose Prize winner — and Dancing with the Spirit Founder and Executive Director — Belle Mickelson offers some inspirational advice to University of Michigan students on giving back. 

We’re following media coverage closely on two of our new favorite books — Leading Lady, by our board member Sherry Lansing, and Becoming Ms. Burton, by 2012 Purpose Prize winner Susan Burton (who was just featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah)! 

Finally, we’re hiring talented nonprofit professionals for several open positions — see details here!

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Ann MacDougall: Little White Van: A Cross Country Listening Project

Aaron Larsen: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers Harvard commencement full speech

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

Research shows that after-school programs get kids excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and can help to close America’s skills gap, but almost 2 million kids could lose their after-school programs under the current administration’s budget proposal. Why cut what works? On June 7, a group of brave kids will be on Capitol Hill talking about the ways after-school has helped them beat the odds. Join us and our Gen2Gen partners the Afterschool Alliance and the National Summer Learning Association to help drive their message home that day! Take action here to keep the phones ringing on Capitol Hill before, during and after their meetings.