Civic Engagement Of Older Adults


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Presented at the Older HealthCare Workers Conference co-hosted by Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health)

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Civic Engagement Of Older Adults

  1. 1. Options for Low Income Older Workers Presented by Ms. Gayle Gamauf-McCoy Vice-President Senior Services & National SCSEP Programs
  2. 2. About National Able Network ® <ul><li>National Able Network, Inc., is a nonprofit agency working to serve individuals, families and communities by bringing together qualified job seekers and businesses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. About National Able Network ® <ul><li>Able was founded in 1977 </li></ul><ul><li>Able is a special advocate for mature workers </li></ul><ul><li>Able serves more than 40,000 clients (each year) who are seeking: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment Counseling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediate Job Placement </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. About National Able Network ® <ul><li>Our Mission </li></ul><ul><li>“ To enable people of every age and skill level to get back to work and life.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Our Beliefs <ul><li>Mature workers provide a valuable resource to the needs of the modern workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Mature workers bring a wealth of experience to the work environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Mature workers can be positive role models for younger workers. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Aging Workforce Challenges <ul><li>What are some challenges that our mature workers are facing today? </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining independent living </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing employment and benefits opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Confronting myths surrounding older workers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t adapt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uncomfortable with technology </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Aging Workforce Challenges <ul><li>Volunteering - “Serve America Act” </li></ul><ul><li>Pulling networks together </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilizing older adults for advocacy and human rights </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is SCSEP? <ul><li>The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is an employment training program that is federally funded under the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is SCSEP? <ul><li>SCSEP is designed to be used in conjunction with other programs and services which are provided by public, private, and not-for-profit agencies. </li></ul>
  10. 10. History of SCSEP <ul><li>SCSEP helps mature workers by providing… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training to improve job skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training to improve job search skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short-term subsidized employment at a host (training) site </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. History of SCSEP <ul><li>The Senior Community Service Program (SCSEP), Title V of the Older Americans Act, is a product of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “War on Poverty” campaign of the 1960s. </li></ul>
  12. 12. History of SCSEP <ul><li>SCSEP was designed to address the needs of mature adults seeking employment due to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic changes </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. History of SCSEP <ul><li>Many older workers may find themselves… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With outdated or obsolete job skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joining or returning to the workforce after many years of homemaking </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Demographic Considerations <ul><li>55 years of age or better </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifying level of income </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to provide community service and attend training </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to develop a personalized “Individual Employment Plan” (IEP) </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to complete skills assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Currently unemployed </li></ul>
  15. 15. Able Staffing Resources <ul><li>More than 20 years in operation </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to address the needs of older workers who fall through the cracks of eligibility for government safety nets </li></ul><ul><li>Process: locating workers, assessing their skills and connecting quality workers with businesses who need them </li></ul>
  16. 16. Blended Learning Model <ul><li>Studies show Hands-on, computer-based training plus instructor-led classroom training… </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances the learning experience and retention in technology based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates assessment processes that discern holistic needs of an individual and skill levels </li></ul>
  17. 17. Achieving Impact via Training <ul><li>Stay on message encouraging older workers to relax, and let go of anxiety about tackling new skills and ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Assure older workers that there is nothing to prove; their life accomplishments more than offset any lack of skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a variety of training topics appropriate to their needs. Computer Skills for the Workplace, being the most obvious. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Achieving Impact via Training <ul><li>Empathy which produces patience in the delivery of Training Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Create setups for success rather than failure </li></ul><ul><li>Many older workers have experienced frustration and humiliation accessing services from traditional providers </li></ul><ul><li>Provide hope and optimism and an increase in self-esteem </li></ul>
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