October 14 - October 23
Some great news to share! The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, one of Coming of Age's four founding partners, is the first recipient of the prestigious Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. The Eisner Foundation established this annual $100,000 cash award to honor the individual or non-profit organization doing exemplary work to help senior citizens and young people help each other. Temple's program, founded by Dr. Nancy Henkin, thirty-two years ago, offers a variety of programs from its base in Philadelphia to 23 communities throughout the country. To read more...
While Apple's iPads have been all the rage for the younger set, a Florida nursing facility is using this technology to jump-start residents' memories, mobility, and social skills that have diminished through age and various forms of dementia. Steve Jobs' creation provides a way for people of all ages to communicate throughout their lifetimes -- quite a legacy! While there are devices that monitor an older person's movements and remind them to take a pill, the iPad is the first that directly interacts with them. Residents can run their hands across the tablet's smooth surface to play games, read, and communicate with others. Click here for more.
This article feels like a page out of the Coming of Age playbook, with suggestions of how to begin your "retirement/encore" years in meaningful, interesting, and compelling ways. The author suggests finding activities that you are passionate about, challenging yourself and feeling the glow of an accomplishment well deserved, helping others in "trailblazing" ways or through simple acts that are truly appreciated, and staying mentally active by learning new skills and exploring experiences that can lead to fulfilling connections. Check out the 10 most difficult retirement decisions included in this piece.
Chris Matthews, MSNBC Hardball host and bestselling author, will join Michael Smerconish at the National Constitution Center on Thursday, November 3rd, 7 p.m. for a special program on Matthews' new book Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. The book spans Kennedy's life from his early school years through his White House days. Highlighting Kennedy's challenges and triumphs during his presidency, Matthews brings the reader closer to the man that he really was, and Smerconish, nationally-syndicated radio host and newspaperman, will moderate the discussion. For tickets, click here.
If entrepreneurship sounds fascinating and is a path you are interested in pursuing, the Social Venture Institute, may be the way to start your journey. This two-day conference, to be held November 18-19 at The Hub Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St. in Philadelphia, teaches entrepreneurs how to run successful businesses that have a positive social and environmental impact. Participants receive concrete, practical feedback in finance, marketing, and management. And it's a great way to meet mentors, make contacts, and merge personal values with business practices. For more about this opportunity, click here.
Electronic communications are where it's "at"... a recent memo from the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that all federal benefit and nontax payments will be paid electronically. If you are applying for federal benefits, such as Social Security or Veterans Affairs benefits, you will need to choose an electronic payment method -- having your bank check deposited directly into your account or perhaps a pre-paid debit card. If you are already receiving federal benefit checks, you must switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. To learn more about these changes and your options, click here.
Greater Philadelphia Cares is hosting its 18th Annual Philly Cares Day on October 22nd...and its time to get your team on board. Philly Cares Day is the largest managed volunteer day in the city--the hard work of the hundreds of individuals, neighbors, teams, and businesses has a tremendous impact on the city. Your involvement will directly help schools, recreation centers, and various community projects that may not always get top priority. Hurry up, and get on the volunteer list.
As we continue to talk about the aging of the boomers and increasing longevity, more and more people are interested in learning about gerontology and the latest research in this field. An online Master's of Arts program is being offered by Nova Southeastern University that provides answers about how individuals and society can create meaning in our longer lives and harvest the experience of older adults as part of its comprehensive curriculum. The masters degree is for those seeking or currently in leadership roles, in both profit and nonprofit organizations. For more, click here.
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The General Election is on November 8, 2011...and The Committee of Seventy needs your help to safeguard the integrity of the elections and ensure that eleigible voters are ensured of their right to vote that day. Field Volunteers work in teams and help answer questions and settle minor disputes at the polling places: Hotline Volunteers answer phones and direct voters to polling places, provide basic assistance, and document problems. To sign up for a morning or evening shift--and for a training date, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215)557-3600, ext. 112 or (215) 557-3600 ext.110.
Project SHINE, a national immigrant integration initiative that is a program of The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, is seeking a part-time (34 hours/week) AmeriCorps Coordinator for an ESL/Health Literacy initiative. Responsibilities include day-to-day management of the Philadelphia program, including recruiting, training, and supporting intergenerational teams of AmeriCorps members and volunteers; building partnerships with ethnic community organizations; conducting site visits; and collecting data and monitoring results.
And another opening at The Intergenerational Center at Temple University...the Family Friends program, a respite program supporting families raising children with special needs, is looking for a part-time (32 hours/week) Program Coordinator. Operating out of the Temple office, this individual will provide case management, respite opportunities, and other support services to vulnerable families. The coordinator will also oversee an older adult volunteer program that supports families–including parents and kinship caregivers–dealing with these challenging children. To learn more and to apply,
Maternity Care Coalition, a nonprofit that works to improve maternal/child health and well being, is looking for a self-motivated person to fill a Case Manager position in the program's prison-based MOMobile program. The Case Manager will provide group education and case management to pregnant and newly parenting incarcerated and formally incarcerated women. Services will be provided at the Riverside Correctional Facility and during home visits. A Bachelor's degree in social work or a related field and valid driver’s license required. Click for more information and to apply.
The Natural Lands Trust (NLT), is the region’s largest and most comprehensive conservation organization. A part-time Outreach Coordinator is being sought to plan and execute events for the organization volunteers, members, and the general public and to help administer NLT’s volunteer program. Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), organizational and project management skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with a team are top priorities. To learn more about this opportunity,