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Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

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Linda Johnson

Wayne County Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program
Purpose Prize Fellow 2009

After experiencing the struggles surrounding home foreclosure, Johnson is helping others fight to stay in their homes.

Linda Johnson didn’t want to be another statistic. After retiring at age 60 in 2007 with 39 years of service in education – including 22 as an elementary school principal – Johnson struggled to reduce her adjustable rate mortgage from nearly 12 percent to the original 6.5 percent. She did it with the help of a counselor from the Wayne County Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program. She was a victim of predatory lending, even though she had a pension and held a doctorate degree. Knowing that so many others in the Detroit area were facing the same hardship, Johnson felt moved to join the county foreclosure program that assisted her. From October 2008 to May 2009, the program helped homeowners resolve 672 cases, many times keeping owners in their homes or otherwise negotiating agreements between owners and lenders. Johnson does outreach work for the program. And by using her near-foreclosure story to give hope to others, she has become a public face of the program, even appearing on NBC’s “Dateline.” Instead of retiring, which was her original plan, Johnson wants to give struggling homeowners “the joyful relief that everyone feels when they’ve found lost car keys – magnified about a thousand times.”