Encore Talent Can Help Solve Our STEM Teacher Shortage: Top #EncoreNews of the Week


The WSJ Retirement section features a bevy of encore-related pieces, including our President & CEO Marc Freedman’s case for why encore talent can help solve our STEM teacher shortage, our Board Chair Paul Irving’s piece last week on how intergenerational programs could help reduce loneliness, and more. Unfortunately, most of these stories are behind a paywall, but we’ll share them widely once they’re available in full. (click to tweet)

Love this coverage in Next Avenue of the Gen2Gen Encore Prize (applications open until May 25th) spotlighting programs and services to bring the talents of people 50+ to kids who need champions. (click to tweet) 

Our VP Marci Alboher’s interview with “Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers” author Sara Geber dives into the issues around aging without adult children. (click to tweet)

We’re delighted to see our former colleague Cal Halvorsen profiled in this story, advocating for more pathways to economic and social engagement during retirement. (click to tweet)

In the Miami Herald, Ana Veciana-Suarez uses her own story to explain how people can build encore careers through discovering talent in unexpected places. (click to tweet)

If you’re interested in learning more about how older volunteers can serve children and youth, register for our webinar on May 9th with our friends at Grantmakers In Aging. (click to tweet)

Register here for a live info session on May 1st from 11:30a-12p PT to answer all of your questions about the Gen2Gen Encore Prize. (click to tweet)

Finally, here are seven winning ideas to strengthen Social Security Benefits, including one from our CEO Marc Freedman and VP Jim Emerman on adding pre-retirement education benefits into social security. (click to tweet)

Links We Love

Second Careers Quiz [AARP]

Volunteer Value Up 2.3 Percent, $24.69 An Hour [Nonprofit Times] 

Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry [The New Yorker] 

The Trauma of Everyday Gun Violence in New Orleans [The Investigative Fund]

Social Action Pick of the Week

Next week is National Senior Corps Week, a time during Older Americans Month in which the Corporation for National and Community Service acknowledges the impact and service provided to local organizations by the older adult volunteers who serve through Senior Corps Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion and RSVP programs throughout the country. Check out SeniorCorps.gov to see all the ways they serve. (click to tweet)