Why Literacy Volunteering Could be the Economy’s Magic Bullet: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

“Everyone’s got something to give: What will you do?” asks Encore.org board member Webb McKinney in a piece on Next Avenue (republished by Forbes.com). He calls on corporate leaders and those of us nearing retirement to use our time, talent and resources to move the needle on childhood literacy.

Our Director of Network Expansion, Betsy Werley, recently traveled to Korea to meet with leaders of the Seoul50Plus program during their first anniversary conference. Read her account of how their vision, talented staff and first-class facilities have made them an important addition to the global encore landscape.

The Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) campaign had a huge week of news:

  • “My personal passion in this whole thing…means older people can and do inspire, educate and support young people, but the inverse is at least as true, if not more true,” says Gen2Gen Seattle campaign director Jim McGinley in this AARP Washington story
  • Today, our Gen2Gen partner Reading Partners serves more than 11,000 students — many of whom are economically disadvantaged — and has proven to boost literacy among kids. Read here how the current administration’s budget cuts could end all of that, and then head over to the Voices for National Service site to contact your member of Congress today to urge them to protect funding for national service.
  • “Every child deserves a web of support, and every older adult has something to give,” says Encore.org Vice President and Gen2Gen Campaign Director Eunice Nichols on the Billions Institute blog.
  • This is what Gen2Gen looks like in action. Laura H. Gilbert joined our Strive for College mini-campaign in December, and has already mentored 7 students! Here’s why.
  • Want more campaign updates, including ways to take action and listings for youth-focused job/volunteer opportunities? Be sure to LIKE our new Gen2Gen Facebook page and spread the word!

Ever wonder what happens to animals when service members are deployed? Read the newest encore story from our partnership with The Christian Science Monitor.

Congratulations to 2011 Purpose Prize fellow Im Ja P. Choi and her organization the Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi), a recipient of the 2017 Global Ageing Network Excellence in Ageing Services Award! 

Finally, we’re delighted to welcome (home) Stef Weiss, Gen2Gen’s new Strategic Communications Director, who brings a wealth of expertise in strategic communications to the campaign. Speaking of working with us, we’re hiring!  Check out open jobs here.

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Ann MacDougall: Imagining a Black Wonder Woman

Corita Brown: Popular People Live Longer

Helen Zelon: Why Aren’t American Teenagers Working Anymore?

Marci Alboher: The Status of Black Women in the United States

Sarah McKinney: How ‘The Keepers’ Filmmakers Are Helping Victims of Abuse

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

Summer is an exciting time for kids, but for some children, it’s a time when they fall further behind academically, don’t have enough to eat, or a safe place to play. Here’s how you can help, in just a few seconds: Join us in sending a quick email asking your mayor to declare July 13 “Summer Learning Day” and raise awareness about young people’s summer needs. Our goal: to reach 500 mayors in just a few weeks. Spread the word by clicking here