Last winter, Philanthropy New York’s EngAGEment Initiative highlighted the changing demographics of New York, America, and the world: each has a population that is getting older. By 2050, more than 20% of the world’s population will be over 60. New York’s population is getting older even faster than much of the rest of world. In some NYC neighborhoods, more than 20% of the population is already over 65! In the spring, we held an exciting session at MoMA that looked at aging and the arts. Now, we are turning our attention – and yours – to education.
The graying of society raises questions about and poses challenges for traditional education funding. At the same time, it provides an amazing reservoir of older adults who could form part of the village – or PROMISE neighborhood – that it takes to raise a generation of children to become productive and engaged citizens. Our growing population of older adults also creates new possibilities for working alongside arts, health, and aging funders to support opportunities for learners of all ages. The EngAGEment Initiative invites you to a discussion of strategies that use the aging of its population to strengthen New York’s education options and outcomes.
- Build communities that integrate all ages
- Improve the educational experience and outcomes of young people
- Engage aging adults in activities that build their intellectual and civic capacities
This program is part of Philanthropy New York’s New York EngAGEment initiative.
- Sheena Wright, President and CEO, Abyssinian Baptist Development Corporation.
- Valerie Cursio, Program Director, JCY-Westchester Community Partners.
- Ruth Finkelstein, Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning, The New York Academy of Medicine.
- Sara Peller, Associate Executive Director, DOROT.
- Sheila Roher, Senior Policy Associate, The New York Academy of Medicine.
- Rick Moody (moderator), Director of Academic Affairs, AARP.
All interested funders.