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...
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CoGenerate is proud to be part of More Perfect, a coalition of national service and bridge-building groups that launched a bold plan today calling for cogenerational national service and volunteering, including a dramatic expansion of opportunities to engage 1 million...
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...
Purpose Prize Fellow 2007
Addressing the social challenges facing the American Latino community.
Raul Yzaguirre grew up in Texas’s impoverished Rio Grande Valley, an experience that imbued in him a lifelong commitment to addressing the social and political challenges facing the American Latino community. Forty years after founding the National Organization for Mexican American Services and focusing on poverty and discrimination in Latino communities as head of the National Council of La Raza, Yzaguirre saw the increasing need to involve Latino parents in the education of their children. In his encore career, he’s now directing a parent education involvement program at Arizona State University’s Center for Community Development and Civil Rights, where he also serves as a professor of practice. The program has enrolled thousands of Latino parents in a nine-week course that empowers them to become successful advocates and partners in their children’s education. The Center also runs a research and demonstration project that aims to develop positive behaviors among Latino men, as well as a program that educates Latino families about financial literacy.
2015 Update: Ambassador Yzaguirre left ASU in 2010 to take a post in the Dominican Republic. He has since retired for health-related reasons, returning to Mount Airy, Maryland.