Hawai‘i Nonprofit Named Semifinalist to Bridge Generations through Technology
Child & Family Service is one of 15 semifinalists for The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge, a national competition that will award $50,000 each to two winners with innovative ideas for engaging people over 50 in improving the lives of vulnerable children and youth.
The five semifinalists with the most votes will be eligible to win the $50,000 prize award, Hawai‘i voters can support CFS by voting at https://app.reviewr.com/encore/showcase/EncorePrize2017 (look for “Journey to Success/Child & Family Service”)
CFS was selected from a field of 180 applicants for its idea called Journey to Success, using technology to bridge the gap between kupuna and youth.
According to Karen Tan, CFS Chief Program Officer and incoming CFS President & CEO, Journey to Success will employ technology such as Skype, FaceTime and social media to engage kupuna as well as provide youth with a roadmap to success.
“Hawaii’s generation of adults age 50 and above have a wealth of knowledge and information to share with youth in our multi-cultural community,” Tan said. “Journey to Success will also encourage Hawaii’s senior population to remain active and engaged physically, mentally and socially, and at the same time mentor and motivate youth to reach their full potential.”
Members of the public can vote for CFS once per day, through August 31, and help the innovative CFS project to advance to the final stage of judging. In early September, Encore.org will announce the five finalists who will compete in October for two $50,000 awards.
The Encore Prize is funded by The John Templeton Foundation and the MetLife Foundation, and was created with the support of Aging2.0, IDEO, the MFA in Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, the Milken Center on the Future of Aging, the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute.
On Oct. 16 in Boston, five Encore Prize finalists will pitch their ideas in front of a live audience. A distinguished panel of judges, including Soledad O’Brien, broadcast journalist and co-founder of the PowHERful Foundation; Chip Conley, author and founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality; Obie McKensie, managing director at Blackrock; and Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s and president of Daily Table — will select one of the $50,000 winners. The other $50,000 winner will be chosen by his or her fellow competitors.
Encore.org is a national nonprofit building a movement to tap the skills and and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world. Generation to Generation is Encore.org’s five-year campaign to mobilize adults 50+ to help young people thrive. The Encore Prize is designed to recognize and support innovative individuals and organizations of any age with new ideas to use the experience of people over 50 to help solve pressing social problems. The 2017 challenge focuses specifically on helping kids at risk.