• These 15 Encore Prize semifinalists use encore talent to help youth thrive

Meet the Encore Prize Semifinalists

Benchwarmers

Benchwarmers (Los Angeles, CA) connects empathetic and supportive coaches age 50+ to kids who are not considered athletic, giving youngsters a chance to build their self-esteem through playing basketball.

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Braid Mission

Braid Mission (San Francisco, CA) engages experienced adults as facilitators of cross-generational teams of mentors with youth in foster care. Read more.

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Chess Across Borders

Chess Across Borders (New York City, NY) taps into the experience of volunteers over 50 to teach chess, tai chi, music and storytelling to high-need students in economically challenged communities.

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Critical Bridge/Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo

Critical Bridge/Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo (San Jose, CA) integrates caring, older-adult mentors into the city’s workforce and community-college programs to help youth get on track, discover new opportunities and change the trajectory of their lives.

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Family Promise

Family Promise (Summit, NJ) partners with faith-based and secular groups to provide older financial literacy coaches to youth and their families to help them achieve housing stability and financial independence.

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FIRST 5 Santa Clara County

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County (San Jose, CA), integrates older adult volunteers into their family programs to help promote the social, emotional, health and wellness of children, prenatal through age 5, and their families.

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Grandmas2Go-Family Coaches

Grandmas2Go/Family Coaches (Jacksonville, OR) matches volunteer grandmas with vulnerable children and families to help fill gaps in service left by stretched public dollars.

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Hire Autism/Organization for Autism Research

Hire Autism/Organization for Autism Research (Arlington, VA) engages older-adult mentors to help young adults on the autism spectrum find jobs that match their skills.

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Journey to Success/Child & Family Service

Journey to Success/Child and Family Service (Ewa Beach, HI) connects older adults as mentors to youth, using technology and social media to provide the island’s only exploratory career talks for young people.

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Neighbor Ed/Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin

Neighbor Ed/Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (Menasha, WI) equips older neighbors as block connectors and neighborhood educators who work with youth to identify and develop grassroots projects that build their skills, while strengthening their communities.

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One Body Collaboratives

One Body Collaboratives (Rockford, IL) creates a platform for matching encore-stage adults from faith and secular communities — as tutors, mentors, coaches, drivers, professional services volunteers and more — with local youth and youth organizations.

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Parkin-A-Punch/Iowa State University

Parkin-A-Punch/Iowa State University (Ames, IA) matches young boxers with older adults who have Parkinson’s. As older adults learn boxing, they become role models, helping their young coaches identify and pursue their goals and dreams.

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Pushy Moms/LaGuardia Community College

Pushy Moms/LaGuardia Community College (Long Island City, NY) helps first-generation community college students transfer to four-year colleges by harnessing the expertise of moms over 50 who have guided their own children through college.

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Restorative Justice Project of Maine

Restorative Justice Project of Maine (Belfast, ME) engages older adults in mentoring at-risk youth to keep kids from criminal activity, while working to transform the justice system away from punishment and over-incarceration and toward repair and reintegration.

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Table Wisdom

Table Wisdom (St. Louis, MO) uses technology to pair people 50+ with new immigrants of different generations, cultures, languages and geographies for conversations that keep older people socially and civically engaged and support young immigrants​ in improving their ​lives​.

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