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DEL MAR ENCORE FELLOWS INITIATIVE
Engaging Experienced Talent to Drive Social Change
Since 2016, the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative has been working with nonprofits in the Dayton Region to address significant, emerging issues. The focuses change each year, but have included children’s educational success; adult literacy; diversity and inclusion; and low income seniors’ access to healthcare.
Highly skilled older adults, the Fellows, are placed with Host Organizations which have recognized the value of experienced workers and applied to The Dayton Foundation to bring a Fellow into their leadership team to solve a critical community concern. The Fellows also work together to help change the conversation about aging, making presentations to civic and educational organizations about the Del Mar Initiative and the valuable resource represented by older adults in our community.
The Del Mar Encore Initiative is made possible by generous gifts from the Del Mar Healthcare Fund of The Dayton Foundation.
Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative Opportunities:
The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative is seeking applicants for new Fellow positions with the Area Agency on Aging, Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging and YWCA Dayton. If you are a retired older adult (age 55+) who would like to be considered for one of these positions, please download the fellowship descriptions below for more information, and for instructions on how to submit your ré sumé and cover letter.
Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative: Area Agency on Aging
The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative is seeking a Fellow to work with Area Agency on Aging to research, define and measure the scope of the current challenge to finding and keeping workers who provide direct services to older adults in our region.
Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative: Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging
The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative is seeking a Fellow to work with Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging (Center) and volunteers to develop an educational curriculum and video, aimed at reframing participants’ and viewers’ perceptions of aging and challenging the prevalence of “ageism” in our culture.
Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative: YWCA Dayton
The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative is seeking a Fellow to work with YWCA Dayton leading a two-part initiative: evaluating each of the YWCA programs’ internal practices, policies, procedures around racial justice and convening a Dayton Region Coalition Against Hate.
Del Mar Encore Fellows:
The Del Mar Encore Fellows receive an annual salary of $25,000 from The Dayton Foundation and work a part-time, flexible schedule of 21- 32 hours per week, for up to three years, depending on their project. They, in turn, recruit and train Encore Volunteers, highly skilled older adults who are interested in making their own meaningful contributions.
Del Mar Encore Volunteers:
A key component of the Del Mar Encore Initiative is the creation of meaningful, substantive and flexible volunteer opportunities for older adults. When retirement is on the horizon, many people think about how to give back, using skills and experience they’ve spent a lifetime developing.
Encore Volunteers work side-by-side with Del Mar Encore Fellows, researching community issues, creating new programs and participating in a variety of community initiatives.
- Becoming an Encore Volunteer
- Meet the Fellows
- Del Mar Encore Host Organizations and Partners
- Living Longer News
The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative is modeled after the Encore.org movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. To learn more about this national movement, go ENCORE.org.
HERE TO HELP
“Have a question about the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative? I can help.”
– Noreen Willhelm, Senior Fellow, (937) 225-9949