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- With outdated or obsolete jobskills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