AARP Experience Corps to Receive 2nd Eisner Prize
for Intergenerational Excellence
Recognized for efforts to unite multiple generations
– especially seniors and youth – to bring about positive, lasting
changes in their communities
Oct. 26, 2012 - The Eisner Foundation yesterday
announced the selection of AARP Experience Corps / Experience Corps Bay
Area, for the second annual Eisner Prize for Intergenerational
Excellence. The organization, which partnered with AARP in 2011,
provides opportunities for older Americans to help improve literacy
skills among students in kindergarten through third grade in 19
communities across the United States.
The Bay Area office of Experience Corps serves the
San Francisco and Oakland areas.
The Prize, established in 2011, recognizes
individuals or non-profits for their efforts to unite multiple
generations – especially seniors and youth – to bring about positive,
lasting changes in their communities.
AARP Experience Corps / Experience Corps Bay Area
received a $100,000 grant, to be applied as they choose towards their
organization's activities; additionally, The
Eisner Foundation will work with AARP Experience Corps leadership
toward replicating some of its programming in Los Angeles, where The
Eisner Foundation is based. Six other Eisner Prize finalists each
received a $5,000 grant.
Volunteer With AARP Experience Corps
If you're 50 or older, live in one of the communities served and
volunteer time to tutor a child, they need you.
"Maintaining the highest levels of education and
literacy are among our country's top challenges, and through innovative
programs like that offered by AARP Experience Corps, our communities are
rising to meet those challenges," said Michael D. Eisner.
"By bringing together older Americans with students
who may be struggling in subjects like reading and writing, the
volunteers at AARP Experience Corps have demonstrated our nation's
ability to identify and help solve problems endemic to society, and we
are proud to select them for the Prize."
"We are deeply honored and grateful to receive the
Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence," said Lester Strong, CEO,
AARP Experience Corps.
"Every day our older adult, volunteer members work
hard at making sure the younger generation – specifically those in
kindergarten through third grade – gets the extra help they need in
reading literacy. This prestigious award will help shine a spotlight on
the valuable work of each and every tutor in many traditionally
underserved schools and communities."
"We commend the work of AARP Experience Corps and
also the work done by all of our finalists," said Jane Eisner, President
of The Eisner Foundation, "It's our sincere hope that The Eisner Prize
continues to influence and inspire other organizations to promote an
intergenerational approach to problem-solving."
"When we conceived The Eisner Prize, our goal was
to help identify, publicize, and reward organizations that bring
together different generations to help improve their communities, and
AARP Experience Corps embodies the spirit and innovation of the Prize,"
said Trent Stamp, Executive Director of The Eisner Foundation.
AARP announced in September, 20110 that it was
“joining forces” with Experience Corps, “one of the nation’s most
highly-regarded service programs,” which engages older adult volunteers.
The news release said the “relationship supports
the priorities of both organizations: AARP Experience Corps will be able
to increase its ability to tap into the experience and dedication of
older Americans who want to give back to their communities, and it will
offer AARP members a new way to engage in one of their top service
priorities – volunteering to tutor or mentor youth.”
The Eisner Prize is a national award, open to
anyone or any group working in the United States. This year, AARP
Experience Corps / Experience Corps Bay Area were
presented with their award during the annual
Grantmakers in Aging conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
The other finalists selected by The Eisner
Foundation included DOROT, Inc. of New York City; Generations United in
Washington, D.C.; Grandparents as Parents in Canoga Park, California;
The Intergenerational School in Cleveland, Ohio; Neighbors Growing
Together in Blacksburg, VA; and The Northland Foundation's AGE to Age
Program in Duluth, Minnesota.
About AARP Experience Corps / Experience Corps
AARP Experience Corps matches the experience and
talent of thousands of older Americans with elementary schools in 19
local communities, including Northern California. A truly innovative
model, AARP Experience Corps is the only national program that provides
an intensive level of reading intervention from older volunteers within
a standardized practice. Caring, mature volunteers provide a strong
commitment to children, high quality tutoring skills, and are dedicated
to building trust and rapport with students and teachers. Please visit
www.aarp.org/experiencecorps to see a short informational video
about AARP Experience Corps or
click here to the video.
About The Eisner Foundation
Founded in 1996 by Michael and Jane Eisner and
their family, The Eisner Foundation exists to provide access and
opportunity for children and the aging in Los Angeles County. The
Foundation gives philanthropic support and counsel to exceptionally-run
non-profit organizations working to create lasting positive changes in
the lives of at-risk and disadvantaged seniors and children in the Los
Angeles community. By making grants of over $7 million annually, the
goal of The Eisner Foundation is simply to help Los Angeles be a place
that protects and nurtures the region's most vulnerable citizens. To
learn more about The Eisner Foundation, please visit
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