Second Acts for Strong Communities Teams with Older Adults to Meet Needs of Youth

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Ten Alliance for Strong Families and Communities have been selected as demonstration sites to test a new model and share knowledge. This new model allows nonprofit human-serving organizations to leverage the time and expertise of older adults looking to embark on encore careers that will positively impact their communities.

A new initiative allows nonprofit human-serving organizations to leverage the time and expertise of older adults looking to embark on encore careers that will positively impact their communities.

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has launched Second Acts for Strong Communities, in partnership with Encore.org, to strengthen the ability of nonprofits to meet the needs of our nation’s children and youth by working with experienced adults, age 50 and older, to use their unique skills, expertise, experiences, and wisdom to improve outcomes for children and youth.

Each day 10,000 people turn age 65. According to the “2014 Encore.org Careers Research” study, approximately 2.1 million Americans ages 50 to 70 are interested in moving into work for the primary purpose of making a positive social impact.

Funding from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and contributions made by the demonstration sites will support Second Acts.

“The wealth of experiences and talent these dedicated adults will share with community-based organizations and the Alliance will inspire new solutions and fuel a new approach for promoting social change,” says Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance.

Ten demonstration sites will use skills, knowledge, and other intangible assets of adults age 50 and older to create economic and other value for the people they serve and their communities as a whole. They will increase intentionality and rigor around recruitment, placement, support, and sustainability of older adults. Finally, they will work collaboratively to develop systems and processes, gather knowledge, identify best practices, develop replicable tools and materials, and build a network of ambassadors that will enable encore talent models to be scaled and embedded throughout the human-serving field.

The 10 sites were chosen through a competitive RFP process. They include:

-- Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service, West Palm Beach, Florida
-- Ascentria Care Alliance, Worcester, Massachusetts
-- Child & Family Service, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
-- Family Foundations, Jacksonville, Florida
-- Grace Hill Settlement House, St. Louis
-- Jewish Family and Children's Service, Phoenix
-- Lad Lake, Milwaukee
-- OhioGuidestone, Berea, Ohio
-- Rockford Housing Authority, Rockford, Illinois
-- United Neighborhood Houses of New York, New York, New York

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a national organization dedicated to achieving a vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. The Alliance works for transformational change by representing and supporting its network of hundreds of nonprofit human serving organizations across North America as they translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. Working with and through its member network on leadership and advocacy, the Alliance strives to achieve high impact by reducing the number of people living in poverty; increasing the number of people with opportunities to live healthy lives; and increasing the number of people with access to educational and employment success. Go to alliance1.org for more information.

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