In the course of matching 1600+ Encore Fellows, one thing we’ve learned from both social sector partners and our fellows is that ‘one size doesn’t fit all.’ So we are experimenting with ways to to offer greater choice and flexibility for both fellows and non-profits. Here’s a taste of three new models:
1. Doctors as Fellows: Encore Physicians Program is a pilot project funded with support from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefits program that will match retired physicians with clinical fellowships at community health centers, harnessing their skills and experience to address skills shortages and to act as potential mentors for younger clinicians. The Bay Area based project will place physicians into paid 500-1000 hour fellowships for one year at 3-5 community health centers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. If the pilot is successful, we hope to expand it system-wide and bring in other healthcare professionals.
2. Youth Meets Experience: Encore.org and Inspiring Capital are working together on an innovative pilot offering intergenerational teams of business talent to social impact organizations in the New York metro area. Inspiring Capital is a B-Corp focused on social impact learning, development and consulting. The teams consist of Inspiring Capital summer MBA Fellows and Encore Fellows who will complement and build on their work, ensuring that it has a life beyond what’s possible during a summer engagement. The pairs will overlap for a time to ensure a smooth transition.
3. Encore Fellows, City Style: Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose, California has committed to tapping the talent of Silicon Valley senior leaders as Encore Fellows for the next three years to add a new dimension to the public-sector workforce and to inspire more people to consider a stint in government during the course of a career. The longer-term goal is to develop a blueprint for other cities to make use of and leverage Encore talent. In 2017, eight Encore Fellows provided services in various San Jose city offices. At the City Manager’s office, a fellow developed a framework for management of city-wide volunteer programs. In the Mayor’s office, fellows created advisory boards, guided implementation of a technology SCRUM initiative, and promoted intergenerational volunteer work as part of Encore’s Gen2Gen campaign.
These are just a few of the exciting projects that we are currently working on. Do these spark any ideas for you? If so, we’d love to hear from you and please also share any innovative initiatives you are working on.
Published: July 17, 2018