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New Survey Reveals Benefits of Older-Younger Tutoring Teams

New Survey Reveals Benefits of Older-Younger Tutoring Teams

For the past year, Ampact, with support from CoGenerate’s Generations Serving Together program, placed cogenerational pairs of AmeriCorps members in elementary schools. The older and younger adults worked side by side to improve students’ reading and math skills. A...

The Billionaire Who Gave Away His Fortune Took a Big Chance on Us

The Billionaire Who Gave Away His Fortune Took a Big Chance on Us

We at CoGenerate (formerly Encore.org) are mourning the loss of Chuck Feeney this week. Without Chuck's vision and generosity we likely would not exist as an organization. Twenty-five years ago Atlantic Philanthropies took a chance on our start-up, playing a...


Marguerite Kondracke

America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth
Purpose Prize Fellow 2006

Making children and youth a national priority

Marguerite (Sallee) Kondracke has devoted her career in both the public and private sectors to improving the well-being of young people. After she developed the Healthy Child Initiative as a cabinet member in the administration of then Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, infant mortality fell to its lowest point in the state’s history. As a single working mother, she co-founded a pioneering company in the field of employer-sponsored child care. This company, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, is now a public company working in partnership with more than 500 of the nation’s leading employers to offer high-quality, on-site child care that helps employees balance work and family. In 2004, Kondracke became the CEO of America’s Promise, a nonprofit that has become the nation’s largest cross-sector alliance working for the well-being of young people. America’s Promise is a collaborative network involves 400 national partners – including corporations, nonprofits and foundations – as well policymakers, communities and individuals. Together, members of this network leverage their efforts to ensure that all young people in America will receive five essential resources they need to succeed: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. Under Kondracke’s leadership, the America’s Promise has established an ambitious five-year goal: to change the lives of 15 million underserved young people through the power of these Five Promises.