During eight weekly workshops Third Age Initiative™ participants develop a new level of understanding of their personal values, motivations and strengths and how to use them in a collaborative, participatory group while also enhancing their familiarity with the strengths and challenges in the Greater Hartford region.  They form teams to design and implement community action initiatives.  More than four dozen team initiatives have addressed issues such as children’s literacy, hunger, reducing polarization, inter-generational mentoring, neighborhood redevelopment, reentry of formerly incarcerated persons into the community, mental health of children, employment for developmentally disabled young adults and more.

Graduation Highlights from Class 16 (click video to play)

  • "Since my year in the Third Age Initiative, I've increased my activities, and at times have stepped out of my "comfort zone" and discovered that that it's actually pretty comfortable! My TAI year gave me new insights into relationships, helped me find strengths in others and give them the opportunity and encouragement to make the most of those strengths. And those I work/play with have raised my awareness and enhanced my own skills."

    Anne Goshdigian
    Anne Goshdigian Hartford | Class #13

Third Age Initiative™ participants share experiences during workshops and a retreat, and work collaboratively to create community action projects.  More than three dozen team projects have addressed issues such as children’s literacy, hunger, arts and heritage education, inter-generational mentoring, neighborhood redevelopment, reentry of formerly incarcerated into the community, financial literacy, and more.

  • "This past year has been the best year of my life! I had never imagined that I would have an opportunity to be a part of such an important and meaningful endeavor--collaborating with people of the highest caliber and moral fiber to help improve the lives of others--especially for a city that I have come to love and appreciate over the last 42 years."

    Terry Outlaw
    Terry Outlaw East Hartford | Class #12
  • "I had planned to “do nothing” for at least a year after my retirement, but that was not meant to be. The Third Age Initiative was a way to transition from my work life to what was going to be my next adventure. What I found was so many wonderful people doing so many inspiring things. And I was moved to help change how we, as a state and as a nation, think about criminal justice and our citizens. I will continue to explore my part in that movement."

    Debbie Henault
    Debbie Henault Wethersfield | Class #14

Term: 12 months
Target: Retirees
Cost: There is no tuition for participants.  The program is funded by sponsors, grants and donations

Application Deadline for Class 18: September 1, 2024

Class 18 Workshop Schedule:

Tuesdays – 9:30-3:00 p.m.

September 17, 24,

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Team Building Retreat: November 12,13

Tuesdays – 9:30-noon

December 10, February 11, April 8, June 10, August 12

Graduation: September 23, 2025

To learn more about the program, please attend an information session. Register HERE.

Doe Hentschel
Leadership Preceptor

Are you an alum of The Third Age Initiative™?  If you valued your experience in this unique program and want to make it possible for others to participate in Class 18 and add purpose, engagement, and meaning to their lives, click here to become a contributor to the Third Age Initiative™ Alumni Diamond Sponsorship.

Thank you to our Third Age Initiative ™ Class 17 Sponsors!

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