Impacting Lives of All Ages
Today’s workforce is changing - and not just in the types of
available jobs, but also in the ages of people hired to do the work? It’s more common than ever to find a healthy
mix of generations working side by side to get the job done.
A few shorts months ago, Bernadette Crawford of Lafayette,
Louisiana realized her dream of securing a job where she could make a
difference in the lives of people of all ages.
With help from the U.S. Labor Department’s Senior Community Service
Employment Program, the 56-year-old now works as an assistant facilitator for
the Louisiana Jobs, Employment, and Training Program, also known as LaJET, at
the local workforce agency. Her main
focus is to help students, ranging in age from 17 to 59, get the help they need
to find a job. “It helps bridge
generation gaps and teaches everyone how to interact and get along. I think that will really help them once they
have a job.”
The Blended Learning Training Program (BLTP) combines
virtual instructor-led occupational training courses with computer-based and
online training tools, complementing the community service work experiences for
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) participants.
Experience Works was awarded an incentive grant from the
U.S. Department of Labor to fund the BLTP, which was implemented in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and
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Located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the American Philatelic Society (APS) is a long time community service partner, APS benefits greatly from the
services performed by Experience Works Senior Community Service
Employment Program participants.
New President and CEO Takes the Helm at Experience Works
Sally A. Boofer, a long-time former executive at Experience
Works, has rejoined the organization as President and CEO.
“Experience Works has an important
and vibrant mission to help older people enjoy a life of dignity and hope,”
Boofer said. “It is with great passion
for helping older workers that I return to lead the organization I care so
Boofer first joined Experience
Works in 1972 with the program in Indiana. In 1992 she moved to the national
office as the Director of Program Operations. She held a number of different roles before leaving the organization in
2012. Prior to rejoining Experience
Works, she was Assistant National Director of AARP Foundation, where she was
instrumental in expanding its Senior Community Service Employment Program.
Experience Works is fortunate to have
the experience and leadership skills Boofer brings,” said Board Chair Roger
Noonan. “We are excited for the future
of Experience Works under the leadership of Boofer.”
more than 40 years of experience in building relationships and delivering
services in rural communities, a key population for Experience Works.
She holds a
B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University East and is currently
completing a Master of Non-profit Management degree at University of Maryland
University College. She grew up in the
rural community of Seymour, Indiana and currently lives in Reston, Virginia.