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The Next Chapter
People Everywhere Are Working for the Greater Good in the Second Half of Life


The Next Chapter™ projects are community coalitions across the country that are working to help people in the second half of life set a course, connect with peers, and find pathways to meaningful work and significant service. They offer adults four key components:

  • life planning programs – help assessing their status and strengths, exploring future possibilities, and setting goals
  • meaningful engagement through work and service – opportunities to take on public service roles, through paid work and volunteer service
  • continued learning for new directions – learning options to enrich their lives and retool for new careers
  • peer and community connections – places and programs to connect with people of all ages in their community.

Civic Ventures’ The Blueprint for The Next Chapter Chapter [PDF] serves as the road map for putting The Next Chapter in place at the local level. The work of groundbreaking Next Chapter projects across the country provide insights for other foundations, community leaders, program designers, funders, researchers, and policymakers interested in comprehensive ways to steer adults through the transition from midlife to a next chapter of social purpose

Civic Ventures releases a new report on The Next Chapter development in Arizona. Published in July 2008, A Report on the Next Chapter Initiative in Maricopa County, 2003-2007: Making Experience Matter in the Second Half of Life [PDF] discusses how four Maricopa County cities – Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Scottsdale – launched innovative new community-wide projects. The Maricopa County Next Chapter Initiative was made possible through funding and leadership from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Reframing the debate
Reframing the debate

Civic Ventures ideas and information fuel media coverage that counterbalances the typically negative reporting on older Americans.

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