Spotlight on National Mentoring Month: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2017! 

This month, we’re excited to spotlight National Mentoring Month, a celebration launched 15 years ago by our Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) campaign partner, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Follow the hashtag #MentorIRL, and download the toolkit here for more ways to get involved this month.

Our VP Phyllis Segal tells Boston Herald readers if you’re craving something we can all agree on in these “Divided States of America,” as Time magazine has renamed our country, check out what Gen2Gen Boston is doing by connecting older adults of all races and income levels — and the experience and interest — in improving young lives. 

This piece in Inside Philanthropy highlights the unique work being done by the Eisner Foundation as the only US funder investing exclusively in intergenerational community solutions. We’re thrilled to have the foundation’s support in the Gen2Gen campaign.

In our newest story with the Christian Science Monitor, read how one-time street-fighter turned gym-owner and mentor Harry Cummins III matches high expectations with inspiration, providing a safe haven for troubled kids at his gym. 

Our Encore Fellows prove that older adults can add fresh talent to organizations focused on social change, as our board member — and Milken Institute Center on the Future of Aging chair — Paul Irving tells Next Avenue readers.  

Social entrepreneurs can solve old problems in innovative ways — like retirees volunteering with youth, as this Forbes piece describes.  

If you’re in the NYC area and thinking about your second act, be sure to check out the Encore Transition Program at Union Theological Seminary, which starts February 2017. 

Interested in crafting a life that matters this year? Check out Emily Esfahani-Smith’s new book “The Power of Meaning,” which is available January 10th.

Finally, we’re looking for a superstar Digital Engagement Manager who has experience in digital marketing, growth marketing, email marketing, etc. and wants to get involved in social impact work. See details here, and please spread the word. 

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Sarah McKinney: On Being Mentored

Ann MacDougall: ‘James Bond of Philanthropy’ Gives Away the Last of His Fortune 

Janet Shaw: How to Have a Mindful New Year

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

Our Gen2Gen partner the National Summer Learning Association is now accepting applications from outstanding summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade. The winner will receive a monetary award of up to $10,000, generously provided by the New York Life Foundation, along with extensive professional development opportunities. See here and apply by the February 1 deadline.