St. Louis Community College
St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Community College

Watch John Owens talk about his
experience as an Encore Fellow
sponsored by Intel and what he
hopes to accomplish with his Arizona
nonprofit host, The Centers for
Habilitation. (Click photo to play.)

Video length – 5:20

The best source of great Encore Fellows candidates is direct referrals from the Encore community. LinkedIn can be an effective tool to spread the word and let people know about this wonderful program.

1. If you’re not already on LinkedIn, joining is easy and free. Go to Select “Join Today” to set up an account.

Marci Alboher has been rethinking the world of work since she created the popular Shifting Careers column for The New York Times. Now a vice president at, Alboher recently chatted with The Allstate Blog about encore careers.

Greater Boston

In Boston, encore program and policy leaders, researchers, employers and innovators have come together to form the Encore Boston Network (formerly called G-BEAN or Greater Boston Encore Action Network) to advance the encore movement in the region.

The notion of encore careers (the term was made popular by Marc Freedman, head of Civic Ventures / has been percolating now for some time. But several factors today are prompting more people to pursue such jobs: undersize nest eggs, increased longevity, a desire to tackle society's ills and, in many cases, an urge to find a different kind of life.

Jeff Abraham spent his career in landscape design, event management and fundraising. Always feeling connected to the Tempe, Ariz., area, upon retirement Abraham wanted to be actively engaged in the community to a greater degree. Through the Experience Matters Encore Fellowship Program, Abraham joined Tempe Community Action Agency, a nonprofit that works with a variety of people of all ages in need. Watch this video of Abraham in action.

In her encore career, Judi Henderson-Townsend recycles more than 100,000 pounds of mannequins a year. Hers is an example of a for-profit green business that serves the greater good. She recalls her journey in this short video.

Experience Corps
Revere, MA
Americans older than 55 years participate in stipended and volunteer positions to tutor and mentor children in urban public schools in communities across the country.

Generations Incorporated

Coming of Age: Austin Metro
Austin Metropolitan Area
Promotes 50+ civic engagement, lifelong learning and community leadership through: 1) volunteering, learning and community leadership for people age 50+ and 2) building the capacity of local nonprofits to create compelling age 50+ volunteer opportunities. Begun in Philadelphia, it has affiliates in several locations, including the Austin metropolitan area.

Coming of Age
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