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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

Feb. 23, 2012

State and local agencies partner for new initiative to promote employment, volunteerism and lifelong learning for Ohioans age 50 and older

Ohio's Civic Engagement Initiative kicks off with statewide event on March 15

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging is teaming with state and local partners to launch the state's new Civic Engagement Initiative at a statewide event on Thursday, March 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Preparing Ohio's New 50+ for 21st Century Jobs will inform attendees about the current jobs situation, resources and the initiatives the department is spearheading at the state level to meet the needs of older workers, learners and volunteers.

Preparing Ohio's New 50+ for 21st Century Jobs"Ohio flourishes when all our citizens are given resources and opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute to their communities," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. "Because so much of this happens at the local level, we are inviting all Ohio communities and stakeholders to the table to help us determine the best ways to ensure that our elders continue to be respected as vital members of society."

The Civic Engagement Initiative expands the focus of lifelong learning and volunteerism as tools for increasing job readiness among adults age 50+. Its goals include:

  • Ensuring that Ohio's older workers have skills and credentials that are aligned with employer needs;
  • Connecting older adults with diverse skills to volunteer opportunities throughout Ohio to help build their communities and resumes;
  • Providing educational opportunities that both enrich the lives of older adults and offer opportunities for career growth; and
  • Providing tools to local organizations to assist with their efforts to increase civic engagement.

The kick-off event is a collaboration of the Department of Aging and state-level Civic Engagement Initiative partners: Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Interested individuals can participate at the downtown Columbus location (Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, 30 West Spring St.) or at one of 11 satellite locations (regional BWC offices) around the state. For more information and to register, visit http://ohiocivicengagement.eventbrite.com/.

During the kickoff, attendees will hear why Ohio has expanded its approach to civic engagement from leaders around the state, including employers, job seekers, nonprofits and education providers. Participants at the downtown Columbus location will also have the opportunity to see firsthand examples of successful programs at Ohio Solution Booths and talk to the local experts behind them. In addition, the SRO Theatre Company will bring 50+ job issues to life for attendees to stimulate public dialogue.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. We work with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.


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