Why Encore Talent is Eager to Mentor: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

There’s a growing mentoring movement in America — an experience that benefits old and young alike, as this Next Avenue piece describes (also picked up by Forbes). Sign on to our upcoming Generation to Generation campaign, a five-year initiative to get one million people over 50 to dedicate their time, talent and experience to improving the lives of young people. 

And while we’re on the subject of giving back, we’re thrilled to hear national service being discussed by the candidates. We hope the conversation continues! Here’s our take.  

This Christian Science Monitor piece describes how Taiwan-born, naturalized American Bonnie Chang came full circle in her encore: After three decades working in the computer tech industry, she now coaches her immigrant students to become U.S. citizens, and cherish their right to vote. 

Congratulations to 2012 Purpose Prize fellow Gary Slutkin, who was just named Chicago Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF! His remarkable encore work with Cure Violence treats violence as a contagious disease, and has created a model for reducing violence in some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. 

If you’re ready to pursue an encore, check out this great advice from Wells Fargo, who says, consider volunteering. 

We agree with our board members Paul Irving and Laura Carstensen who say that older workers provide a massive human capital resource — ready to contribute to employers, younger colleagues, and a vibrant economic future. 

Catch these upcoming events in a city near you:

  • Tampa Bay, FL: Connect with 25 nonprofits seeking encore talent and experience at the Encore Pathways Showcase event on October 26th.
  • Scottsdale, AZ: Register here to hear our CEO Marc Freedman speak at Experience Matters’ Annual Fall Luncheon on October 31st.
  • New York, NY: The Yale Nonprofit Alliance will bring together experts on November 3rd, including our friend Ashton Applewhite, to discuss how ageism affects our personal and professional lives — tickets here
  • Stockbridge, MA: Check out “Aging with Soul,” a multigenerational workshop at the Kripalu Center, to learn how aging can be a transformative process benefiting all aspects of our lives. 

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Ann MacDougall: Don Roy King Talks Directing SNL

Ann MacDougall Don Roy King Talks Directing SNL

Michelle Hynes: Transforming Cities Into Learning Landscapes

Michelle Hynes Transforming Cities Into Learning Landscapes

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

Our friends at The MAVEN Project are looking for medical specialists and primary care physicians to join their national volunteer corps, and help address the unmet needs of underserved populations through telemedicine. The minimum time commitment is 4 hours per month for 6 months. There’s a particularly urgent need for a Massachusetts-based psychiatrist. Other immediate specialties needed include dermatologists, endocrinologists and neurologists, licensed in California and Massachusetts. Learn more — and share your specialized skills with people in need.