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How To Stand Up And Show Up For America's Kids

November 18, 2016
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Elzora Douglas, 68, says about four years after retiring from working as a St. Louis social worker administrator in 2004, she wanted to “try to give something back” to children. “Many times, children are not responsible for what’s going on around them, but they’re impacted more than anyone else,” says Douglas. So Douglas signed up to tutor 1st through 3rd graders weekly through OASIS, a national nonprofit educational group for people 50 and older. She’s been doing it ever since and currently tutors two students every Tuesday — one at a time, 45 minutes each. Credit: Shutterstock “The students have the chance to be accepted where they are academically, without shame, without ridicule and without judging,” says Douglas. “What I get is the reward of seeing them growing and advancing.” The New Generation to Generation Campaign Douglas exemplifies what Encore.org, a national nonprofit whose motto is “second acts for the greater good,” hopes to replicate one million times over in its new Generation to Generation campaign. The campaign launches today, with 25 partners, including OASIS (which runs the largest intergenerational tutoring/mentoring program in the country), Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and Strive for College. Six partners are piloting what Encore.org calls Generation to Generation Learning Labs in “intergenerational impact zones” in Boston, Los Angeles, San Jose and Seattle. Generation to Generation’s five-year goal: getting one million adults over 50 to “help young people thrive” by volunteering and working with needy children. “The central message is mobilizing large numbers of people over 50 to stand up and show up for kids,” says Eunice Lin Nichols, director of the Generation to Generation campaign. Generation to Generation is a natural for Encore.org, whose founder Marc Freedman helped launch what has become AARP Experience Corps, where older adults tutor at-risk students. Rather than...

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