Third Age Initiative

Having the experience to know what makes a difference is one thing; having the opportunity to make a difference is another. The Third Age Initiative enables older/retirement-aged people to have the opportunity to channel their wisdom and experience in ways that give back to the community. Since the program began, about 350 older adults have brought their unique socioeconomic, ethnic, educational, and cultural perspectives to the group.

  • "The Third Age Initiative was a launching pad for me and my classmates. We found numerous ways to put our skills and knowledge to use. My team continues its work; in fact, I re-engaged with a local nonprofit, serving as chairman of the board of directors this year. I still attend Leadership Greater Hartford events regularly, and suggest that my friends learn about this wonderful program."

    Bea Sullivan
    Bea Sullivan Bloomfield

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, intergenerational mentoring, neighborhood redevelopment, reentry of formerly incarcerated into the community, financial literacy, and more.

  • "Even though I am helping others, I am the one who is reaping the rewards. It is powerful to know that I can make a difference. Even after graduation I plan to continue to stay involved with my project."

    Mary Eisenberg
    Mary Eisenberg Hartford

Term: 12 months
Target: Retirees
Cost: Funded by grants/donations
Application Deadline: Two weeks prior to program start
Information Sessions:
July 12
July 13
July 18
July 19
July 27
Contact Doe Hentschel to register at 860-206-5064
or doe.hentschel@leadershipgh.org

2017/2018 Program Dates

Sept. 26
Oct. 3
Oct. 10
Oct. 17
Oct. 24
Oct. 31
Nov. 6,7
Dec. 13
Feb. 20
Apr. 24
June 26
Aug. 28
Oct. 2
Introduction
Empowering Others to Act
Modeling the Way
Challenging the Process
Encouraging the Heart
Inspiring a Shared Vision
Overnight Retreat
Team Projects
Team Projects
Team Projects
Team Projects
Team Projects
Graduation

2017/2018 Program Agenda

Doe Hentschel
Vice President
860.206.5064
doe.hentschel@leadershipgh.org

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