Help Strive Reach 217 Mentors by 2017: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

We’re halfway to our goal! Make your mark as a mentor, and help us bring 217 new mentors 50+ to Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) partner Strive for College by 2017. This holiday season, give the most valuable gift to a young adult — your time, experience and wisdom. Sign up here. And please help us spread the word (click to tweet). 

Want to to avoid boredom in retirement? Check out “The Big Shift,” by our founder and CEO Marc Freedman, and “The Encore Career Handbook,” by VP Marci Alboher. Both come highly recommended by the Wall Street Journal.

If you’re looking for examples of how people are coming together to nurture a spirit of shared purpose, read what Gen2Gen advisor Eric Liu’s organization Citizen University is doing, through their “Civic Saturday” events, which are galvanizing civic engagement across the U.S. And then, sign up for our new campaign, Generation to Generation, to learn how we’re bringing together young and old to make society better for all.

We love seeing these “Profiles of Late Style” of 2006 Purpose Prize winner W. Wilson Goode, Sr., who helps connect children of incarcerated parents to mentors, and 2008 Purpose Prize fellow Bill Siemering, who’s working to strengthen community radio in developing countries. 

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Sarah McKinney: Meet the 78-year-old Crisis Text Line counselor

Ann MacDougall: Make Colleges Diverse

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

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