Joy Zhang

Joy Zhang

“As a former youth volunteer in dementia and hospice, I know firsthand the energy and spirit that young people have to work with older adults, and we want to create opportunities for young people to offer companionship to families who crave it most.” Joy...
Julianne Taaffe

Julianne Taaffe

“Using my experience bringing and winning a lawsuit against age discrimination in the workplace, I want to raise my voice against this common yet nearly invisible form of discrimination.” Julianne TaaffeFor 27 years Julianne Taaffe taught English as a...
Mick Smyer

Mick Smyer

“I aim to change the conversation about climate issues, moving us, but especially older adults, from climate avoidance to climate action to climate habit. We have time and talent, and we know how to get things done. We also understand that time is short, for...
Dr. Marlon A. Smith

Dr. Marlon A. Smith

“I hope to show how the wisdom of our elders in society breathes hope and energy around the challenges that younger generations must face. The bonds connect us to movements of the past, while offering us a roadmap for the future.” Dr. Marlon A. SmithDr....
Ayele Shakur

Ayele Shakur

“We need to age boldly and vibrantly, recognizing the wealth that our life experiences bring, and the power we have to change the world. I’m thrilled to be an Encore Public Voices Fellow because for me, going from practitioner to thought leader IS my encore—the...
Selena Sermeño

Selena Sermeño

“The scientific impact of trauma on every aspect of child development has been highly documented. I hope to bring the science to the dinner table and to highlight the role which intergenerational relationships have on mitigating the devastating impact of...