A Place for Everyone at the (Intergenerational) Family Table: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

In a new Next Avenue piece, our Encore.org colleague Helen Zelon describes how Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) partner All Our Kids DC welcomes young people to the family table for intergenerational dinners that foster deep conversation — and offer support for kids finding their way in life. 

The Pathways to Encore Purpose project, a collaboration between the Stanford Graduate School of Education and Encore.org, found in their nationally representative survey of nearly 1,200 adults age 50 to 90 that a high percentage are motivated by a sense of purpose beyond the self — an idea that cuts across all demographic groups, irrespective of personal challenges.

Don’t miss this beautiful profile of Gen2Gen partner Jumpstart, which connects older adults to volunteer opportunities with underserved youth, and provides a more optimistic outlook on their post-retirement years in the process.

“At AARP we were so impressed with the Purpose Prize, and the individuals and work it honors, that we pursued an opportunity to make it part of the AARP family,” explains AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. If you know someone 50+ who’s embarked on an encore career focused on helping other people, nominate them by May 12 for the AARP Purpose Prize here

And speaking of nominations, if you know someone who’s changing how we think about aging in America, nominate them here for Next Avenue’s Influencers in Aging award. And remember, we’re accepting nominations for our new Encore Prize open to people of all ages and organizations with innovations connecting experienced talent to helping vulnerable youth thrive.

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Ann MacDougall: A $1 Billion Experiment in Philanthropic Investing

Phyllis Segal: To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

National service has always been an issue on which both parties can agree. Now, in response to the White House budget proposal to eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service, leaders from both sides of the political aisle are speaking out in support of national service programs. Check out this Washington Post op-ed by former Mississippi Governor, Republican Haley Barbour, who writes: “These programs are crucial when it comes to disaster response. Having governed Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in our nation’s history, I know all too well.” Help us spread the word that national service programs make a difference and have strong bipartisan support (click to tweet).