Congratulations to our 2016 Civic Engagement award winners:
The awards are sponsored by Senior Professionals and the American Democracy Project at Illinois State University.
We live in a society that celebrates youth, creating an unfortunate gulf between generations. Young adults still have much to learn. Those who have reached retirement age are still eager to engage and have a wealth of wisdom gained through a lifetime of experience to share.
Illinois State recognized long ago the desirability of bridging the gap between college students preparing to enter the workplace and individuals on the other end of the spectrum—those who dedicated decades to their chosen field before retirement. The two cohorts have been coming together for 25 years on the ISU campus through mentoring and lifelong learning programs offered by Senior Professionals.