Children & Youth

Dori Shimoda , Give Children A Choice
Give Children A Choice
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

In 2000, after his kids left home, financial executive Dori Shimoda revived a promise he had made to himself nearly 20 years earlier, after he survived an 18-hour kidnapping at gunpoint: to help others. Searching for a way, he backpacked around Southeast Asia.

As he explored the remote villages along Laos’ countryside, Shimoda was struck by how many children, especially girls, weren’t in school. Instead they looked after younger siblings and did domestic chores. Preschools were virtually nonexistent.

Carlos LeGerrette  and Linda LeGerrette , Cesar Chavez Service Clubs
Cesar Chavez Service Clubs
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

In 2000, when California created Cesar Chavez Day to honor the labor activist and founder of United Farm Workers of America, then-governor Gray Davis asked social policy advisers Carlos and Linda LeGerrette for ideas for activities. The San Diego natives had worked with Chavez for 12 years, beginning as idealistic college students in 1966.

Marjorie Laird , Second Wind Fund
Co-founder and Board President
Second Wind Fund
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

In 2002, Colorado family therapist Marjorie Laird learned that four teens at the high school next door to her church had committed suicide in just nine months of each other. Their deaths reflected a grim reality: Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Colorado youths. (Car crashes are the first.) And there are few mental health resources for low-income teens.

Bobbe J. Bridge , Center for Children & Youth Justice
President and CEO
Center for Children & Youth Justice
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

Bobbe J. Bridge, who served for two decades as a judge in Washington’s juvenile, superior and State Supreme Court systems, never forgot the troubled youths who had come before her bench in the early years.

They often were foster kids with mental health issues who had been removed from abusive, neglectful homes. About 20 percent had been homeless. A disproportionate number were children of color.

“As a judge, I felt helpless and hopeless to make a difference,” Bridge says.

Using a Childhood Passion to Help Children at Risk

By Philip Lilienthal

A native New Yorker, I got my first major dose of education as a camper at my father’s summer camp in Maine, and my second as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa. Both experiences have played a part in my encore career, using the intervention of camp to help African children understand the dangers of HIV/AIDS.

The Write Encore – How We Tweaked Our Skills for a Second Act

By Chris and Nancy Jennison

We’ve always loved writing. And when we left our full-time jobs, we knew we could use our experience as writers to help teach kids. But we needed just a little retooling to shift our focus.

We had changed our lives dramatically in the late 2000s. Nancy retired from her position as literacy staff developer for a northern New Jersey school district. We returned to the Boston area, and Chris cut back his hours as an education book publisher, retiring in 2010. Though we considered ourselves retired, we were really searching for our encores.

Marigold Contest Winners Are Changing Lives – And So Can You

In 2000, a young man was shot and killed outside Karen Blessen’s home in Dallas. This senseless murder motivated Blessen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic designer, to found 29 Pieces, a nonprofit that uses art to spur social change through its program MasterPEACE: Young Artists Making a Kinder World.

Aspiranet Encore Fellowships Program Accepting Applications

Are you interested in taking on a role that serves the greater good, but don’t know where to begin? If you're in California, consider applying to the Aspiranet Encore Fellowships Program. The program provides an on-ramp for seasoned professionals who want to contribute to the nonprofit sector.

Meet the New Marigold Contest Winners, and Enter for a Chance to Win $5,000

When she was 56, Ellen Kamp’s husband died of a massive heart attack. The one person who was able to provide her with the support she needed was herself a widow.

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