Let’s Nurture (Not Ax) Programs for Older Adults: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

In a new Reuters piece, our Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) campaign partner Generations United’s ED Donna Butts says we need more ways to engage older people in communities — they’re one of our greatest growing assets! The story makes a strong case for why we should nurture, not ax, U.S. programs for older adults.

Hollywood’s award season might be over, but it’s nomination and application time for what Next Avenue calls “three more significant, and equally prestigious, honors,” including The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge. If you’re working on a great plan to bring the talents of adults 50+ to serve at-risk youth, register here for our April 12th webinar to learn more about The Encore Prize, which will award two winners, who will split $100,000 in prizes. 

Our newest story share in The Christian Science Monitor introduces you to Kate Long who, after 32 years in journalism, helped start Try This West Virginia to help remove the state off the lists of places with the least-healthy people!

We’re thrilled to introduce Aaron Larsen, the newest member of our Gen2Gen campaign team! Read this post from Gen2Gen partner Generations United on how Aaron’s “Grand School” experience with his grandparents Grit and Grace solidified his belief that friends of all ages and generations — now more than ever — need to come together. 

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Marci Alboher: A How-to Book for Wielding Civic Power

Koko Kawasaki: Forget the robots, older workers will dominate the future workforce 

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re proud to celebrate the efforts of our volunteers over 50 who bring their experience and wisdom to support the young people we serve through our Gen2Gen campaign. Want to join them? Explore age-friendly volunteer opportunities here with our awesome partners and countless other youth-serving organizations across the country. Like Gen2Gen partner Playworks, which is creating a joyful and healthy way to help kids enjoy recess, and create a safe and inclusive environment for play. Check out volunteer opportunities at Playworks here today, and let’s join forces to demonstrate the impact that volunteering has on our communities!