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Civic Engagement: Engaging Older Adults in Volunteering and Employment December 7, 2007 Tiffany Boiman National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.

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1 Civic Engagement: Engaging Older Adults in Volunteering and Employment December 7, 2007 Tiffany Boiman National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

2 U.S. Demographic Changes U.S. Demographic Changes 18.4 million workers age 55 and older in 2000; by 2015, there is projected to be 31.9 million At the same time, there will be a proportional decrease in the population of workers age 25 to 44 Employers face challenges as population ages - potential skill and labor shortages

3 Why Do Older Adults Want to Work? Decline in employer-funded retirement benefits Rising cost of health care Need to supplement traditional sources of retirement income

4 Barriers to Employment for Older Adults Health care policies Health care policies Misperceptions Misperceptions Social Security disincentives Social Security disincentives Defined benefit pension plans Defined benefit pension plans Lack of connections to jobs Lack of connections to jobs

5 Why is Civic Engagement Important? Benefits for: Individuals Individuals Communities and states Communities and states Businesses Businesses

6 The NGA Civic Engagement Policy Academy Purpose: To help states improve the health and lives of older adults by substantially increasing the proportion of individuals engaged in employment and meaningful volunteer activities.

7 The NGA Civic Engagement Policy Academy Funder: Atlantic Philanthropies Funder: Atlantic Philanthropies Major Activities: Major Activities: On-site strategic planning meetings On-site strategic planning meetings Policy Academy meeting Policy Academy meeting Customized technical assistance Customized technical assistance Reaching out to new states Reaching out to new states

8 Goals of the NGA Civic Engagement Policy Academy Conduct comprehensive reviews of state policies Initiate policy changes based on labor market needs Develop new tools and improve systems that connect older adults Enhance training and educational opportunities Position states as models to promote civic engagement

9 Policy Academy States Alabama Alabama Arkansas Arkansas Colorado Colorado Florida Florida Maine Maine New Mexico New Mexico Ohio Ohio Wyoming Wyoming

10 State Goals to Increase Civic Engagement Make the state a model employer Make the state a model employer Encourage businesses to become more older worker friendly Encourage businesses to become more older worker friendly Create public awareness campaigns targeted to both employers and individuals Create public awareness campaigns targeted to both employers and individuals Expand volunteering opportunities Expand volunteering opportunities

11 State Strategies and Activities Working across agencies or boards to coordinate strategies Working across agencies or boards to coordinate strategies Seeking new funding sources Seeking new funding sources Engaging the governor, legislatures, and other key state policymakers in the design of project Engaging the governor, legislatures, and other key state policymakers in the design of project Hosting statewide conferences or symposiums to promote the issue Hosting statewide conferences or symposiums to promote the issue Reaching out to businesses to work cooperatively Reaching out to businesses to work cooperatively

12 Outcomes to Date Executive Orders promoting civic engagement and solidifying civic engagement efforts Executive Orders promoting civic engagement and solidifying civic engagement efforts Statewide conferences on civic engagement and aging issues Statewide conferences on civic engagement and aging issues White paper outlining the need to promote volunteerism and employment among older adults White paper outlining the need to promote volunteerism and employment among older adults Grants to develop and implement website to connect older adults to employment opportunities Grants to develop and implement website to connect older adults to employment opportunities

13 NGA Center for Best Practices Contact Information Tiffany Boiman Senior Policy Analyst Social, Economic and Workforce Programs Division ; (202) Linda Hoffman, Ph.D. Policy Analyst Social, Economic and Workforce Programs Division (202) Martin Simon Program Director, Workforce Development Social, Economic and Workforce Programs Division (202)


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