Retirees Leading Initiative
In 2005, with the help of a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago, Spoon River College established the Retirees Leading Initiative. Since it's creation, the program has offered many Retirees Leadership Academies in Canton and Havana with Retirees Learning Institutes being held in Canton, Macomb, and Havana.
The Retirees Leading Initiative objectives include (1) increasing the number of trained and knowledgeable retiree leaders for the community; (2) creating a volunteer and/or employment base for economic and community development; (3) initiating institutes of learning in retirement presented to and by retirees; and (4) providing a network of experienced individuals who will provide guidance to the community’s businesses, service organizations, and educational institutions. All program work is guided by an advisory panel representing area civic, business, and organizational entities.
Graduates of the Retirees Leading Initiative have participated in the programs such as; The Retirement Learning Institute, The Generations Connect Project, Spoon River Reads and the Community Chorus.
Visit the Retirees Leading Initiative page for more information about this program.
Retirees Learning Institutes
The Retirees Learning Institute takes place at several locations each year. Close to 200 retirees are served each year through these institutes created for retirees. This program is for those ages 50 and older! This event is an exciting time for retirees to come together, to share with friends, and to learn something new. The day’s events feature educational sessions, resource fair, luncheon, prizes and more!
The Generations Connect Project brings together retirees and at-risk youth from the Fulton-Schuyler Regional Office of Education. They work collaboratively on many projects and learn to appreciate their individual gifts, challenges, and experiences.