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An Encore of Service: Experienced Americans Helping Vulnerable Youth

An Encore of Service: Experienced Americans Helping Vulnerable Youth

May 25, 2016

Last year, The Eisner Foundation  became the only U.S. funder investing exclusively in intergenerational solutions. If you are new to intergenerational programming or wondering how it might fit within your organization, we encourage you to read this report by our partners at Encore.org.  We believe Los Angeles is ground zero for many of the challenges facing youth and older adults across America today. We were very pleased to help fund this report.  

Youth ages 18 and under represent the highest percentage of people living in poverty within the county. In addition,  Los Angeles County alone has more children in foster care than any state except California. Further, Los Angeles Unified School  District, the nation’s 2nd largest school district, has struggled for years with low graduation rates.  As America ages, we notice here in Los Angeles that the ratio of older adults to people of working age is expected to double by 2040. This convergence creates an opportunity and imperative to develop and strengthen intergenerational programs, which is exactly what we have started doing.

The Eisner Foundation has recognized the need for intergenerational solutions at home and across the county. We encourage everyone to learn about this approach to service-delivery. If you’re not sure how or where to start, let this report be your guide.

An Encore of Service: Experienced Americans Helping Vulnerable Youth

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