Children & Youth

Edward Moscovitch and Barbara Gardner have been named Purpose Prize fellows for their work in founding and advancing the Bay State Reading Institute. The nonprofit works with 37 Massachusetts elementary schools helping teachers find new, innovative approaches in teaching children to read.

The Princeton Senior Resource Center encourages people in the second half of life to see the encore stage of life as a chance to reinvent themselves and find ways to make a difference. Purpose Prize winner Dana Freyer and Purpose Prize fellows Mindy Fullilove and Barry Zuckerman recently shared their encore journeys at the center.

Purpose Prize winner and former Philadelphia mayor Wilson Goode reflects on his work as the head of Amachi, a program that provides mentoring for children of incarcerated parents. He says he receives the greatest satisfaction from “seeing the child of an incarcerated parent diverted from prison and into careers where they become lawyers, doctors, scientists and engineers.”

Award-winning journalist Janey Pauley explores the inspriation and the work of 2011 Purpose Prize winner Jenny Bowen, who is dramatically improving the lives of thousands of orphans in China. Pauley calls Bowen "a woman on a mission."

Jane Pauley was so drawn to Purpose Prize fellow Mary Reed’s story, the award-winning journalist interviewed her for the AARP series Your Life Calling, which airs on NBC’s Today show. Reed was a vice president at Goodwill Industries when her mother died. At age 58, Reed left Goodwill to run her mother’s pioneering preschool. Inspired, she later founded the nonprofit Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children to strengthen early education for low-income children.

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AARP’s Jane Pauley didn’t mince words on this morning’s Your Life Calling segment on NBC’s Today show.

Jenny Bowen, she said, had no child development expertise, no foreign policy experience and no knowledge of the Chinese language when she set out to radically change the quality of care for the nation’s 800,000 orphans, 95 percent of whom are girls.


Fast Company: Encore Fellowship Suits Career Shifter

The decades-long career is in decline. And for many, that’s a good thing.

“Tacking swiftly from job to job and field to field, learning new skills all the while, resembles the pattern that increasingly defines our careers,” writes Anya Kamenetz in Fast Company magazine.

How swiftly?

According to federal statistics, as of 2010, the median number of years U.S. workers had been in their jobs was 4.4 years.


An Encore Performance in Music and in Life

Editor’s note: This essay by Paul Young, president and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association, originally appeared on a National AfterSchool Association blog.


Army Colonel Leaves the Military for an Encore

After a long, distinguished military career, Army Col. Paul Yingling will be eligible for attractive retirement benefits in just two years. But that’s not enough to make him stay.

He’s ready for an encore, and he’s going for it.


A growing share of startups are coming from older entrepreneurs these days. Civic Ventures throws a big spotlight on that trend every year with The Purpose Prize – a sort of Oscars for social entrepreneurs. Now in its sixth year, the award recognizes older career trailblazers who've demonstrated creative and effective work tackling social problems. One of this year's winners, Randal Charlton, helped budding entrepreneurs in the struggling city of Detroit as the executive director of TechTown.

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