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* SCC to offer leadership program in collaboration with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging

Use your lifetime of experiences to make a better world. 


Do you want to be a part of solving challenging problems in your community?  Do you want to help yourself, or others, aspire to great things?


Evolve: Re-ignite Self & Community is a six-month leadership development course that will help you discover your unique path to making a contribution, build your skills, and re-ignite your energies.


Shoreline Community College and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging are collaborating with RSVP (The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), Senior Services, Full Life Care and other organizations to offer an eight session, six month course at which participants learn leadershiip skills and how to design a project that fits their passion and meets community needs.


Beginning January 6 and ending on June 15, 2012, classes will be held at Shoreline Community College.  The cost is $750 and scholarships are available.  Learn more at:, call 206-382-3789 or email  


If you would like to read the article about the leadership program in the RSVP Experience in Action newsletter, it is located at: 


It is also provided below.


Evolve: a leadership program for seniors 50+
by Jennifer Gahagan

As the placement coordinator at RSVP I have increasingly encountered volunteers who have the energy, drive and skills to take on major leadership roles but who are struggling with next steps. Thanks to a grant from the New York Life Foundation, Minnesota-based Vital Aging Network is offering a unique service and leadership opportunity. Evolve is an 8-session, 6 month course that teaches participants about leadership and helps them design a project that fits their passion while meeting community needs. Participants work together to build a network of support to increase their leadership and create meaningful projects.

   ‘Cathy’ had a successful career in public accounting and had been involved in a variety of community efforts. After she retired, she says, “I wanted to zero in on a passion that would keep me active in my community.” Evolve: Re-igniting Self & Community helped her achieve that goal. “Our class was full of such talented individuals and, in the class, we learned how to give our talent ‘legs’.” Cathy’s project (helping to secure refrigeration for food banks) allowed more than 200 families to have access to more fresh foods.


RSVP is partnering with Northwest Creative Aging, Shoreline Community College, Senior Services, Full Life Care and others to bring this opportunity to Seattle. Several RSVP volunteers are working on the steering committee and have brought good ideas and energy to the project.


John B., a 67 year old retired university dean, created a reading project for an elementary School. Recognizing how critical it is to help children develop their skills in the first and second grades, John connected seniors center participants and first and second graders. The children read to the elders and the elders read to the children. “I have 21 kids calling me Grandpa John. There is nothing like the feeling.” 


Kwangja K. expanded culturally competent services for immigrants in a supportive housing program. Services included meals, home chore services, nurse visits, activities, and medication setup to low-income elders.


Jim B. worked for 33 years in electronics but, as the economy turned downward, he took a job in the mortgage industry. “My current career is not my passion; I am a technical person not a paper pusher,” says Jim. His Evolve project was to create a website with products, services, and information that help people reduce their energy consumption. As a result of the self-discovery done in the class and the focus it brought to his life, Jim has been hired in a new job in an alternative energy company.

Evolve classes will start this January and run through mid-June. Classes will be held at Shoreline Community College one or two Friday’s each month. The cost is $750 dollars. Scholarships may be available. Registration must be made through Shoreline Community College by November 30th. For more information go to or contact Jan Frederick at the Northwest Center for Creative Aging, (206)382-3789,



Reprinted with permission by RSVP Experience in Action