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Experience Corps Awarded Eisner Prize

October 31, 2012

The Eisner Foundation  recently announced the selection of CA-based/Experience Corps Bay Area and Washington, D.C./AARP Experience Corpsfor the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  The annual Prize recognizes individuals and non-profits for their efforts to unite multiple generations – especially seniors and youth – to bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities.

“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.”

AARP Experience Corps/Experience Corps Bay Areareceived 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 its programming in Los Angeles, where The Eisner Foundation is based.

Experience Corps Bay Area (ECBA) Director Paul Olsen remarked, “We’re very pleased at this recognition for our program, and the many older adults who have partnered with ECBA staff and teachers in public schools to provide literacy intervention for our kids.  Research shows that our program has a very positive impact on students, volunteer members, and the communities in which we serve.  We’re hopeful that receiving this national award will lead to more people becoming aware of Experience Corps Bay Area, and lead to further growth and impact.”

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