award to honor organizations that tap the experience of employees
over age 50 to tackle societal challenges…
open for the MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures BreakThrough Award;
Search on for innovations in the nonprofit and public sectors
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Civic Ventures, a think
tank and program incubator helping society achieve the greatest
return on experience, today announced the opening of nominations for
the "BreakThrough Award." The new award will honor nonprofits and
public sector agencies finding innovative ways to hire people over
50 or help them find meaningful jobs solving serious social
The MetLife Foundation, which provides funding for the award,
partnered with Civic Ventures last year to conduct the first
national survey asking Americans in their 50s and 60s what type of
work they aspire to in the second half of life.
Half of those polled
expressed interest in jobs to help improve the quality of life in
their communities, but most also said that finding such employment
would not be easy.
"The question of whether older Americans will continue to work in
what used to be called 'retirement' is long settled. The vast
majority will," said Marc Freedman, founder and president of Civic
Ventures and author of Prime Time: How Baby Boomers will
Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America. "The real question
is whether nonprofit employers and public sector agencies will
recognize the value that experienced employees bring to the table
and take steps to recruit and retain them."
The BreakThrough Award will recognize new approaches to employment
for older adults that combine the spirit of service with the
benefits of work. Examples of such approaches might include:
-- nonprofit organizations that create new part-time jobs to attract
older adults seeking meaningful, flexible work;
-- organizations that recruit people over 50 and match them with
flexible-schedule jobs in social service and government agencies;
-- hospitals that offer seasonal-work positions with full-year
benefits to recruit and retain experienced nurses; or
-- school districts that pay stipends to experienced adults tutoring
students in math and science.
"Organizations working in the public interest need talented people.
Millions of older adults want paying jobs that contribute to the
greater good," said Sibyl Jacobson, president and CEO of MetLife
Foundation. "The BreakThrough Award will honor and showcase
organizations that are finding innovative ways to bring unmet needs
in the community and the untapped resource of older adults
Nominations are open until February 1, 2007, and winners will be
announced in Spring 2007. To make a nomination, visit:
About Civic Ventures -- Civic Ventures (http://www.civicventures.org)
is a think tank and program incubator, working to help society
achieve the greatest return on experience.
About MetLife Foundation -- MetLife Foundation (
www.metlife.org ) was
established in 1976 by MetLife to carry on its longstanding
tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. In
the area of aging, the Foundation funds programs that promote
healthy aging and address issues of caregiving, intergenerational
activities, mental fitness, and volunteerism.