Encore Boston Network History
In late 2011, a group of encore leaders from Boston attended a conference together in San Francisco. Realizing that travel to the west coast was an inefficient way to meet, the group convened Encore Boston Network (EBN) as a way to combine their efforts and to promote the growth of encore opportunities in our region.
EBN was officially launched in 2012. With support from Encore.org and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, the network infrastructure was put into place in 2013 and 2014. Membership quickly grew to 50 leaders, organizations, advocates, researchers, policy makers, program operators and others. Meetings focused on knowledge sharing and developing best practices. An Encore Expo, held at Boston College in 2015, connected 35 organizations offering encore opportunities with more than 200 encore seekers.
In 2016, we launched the Gen2Gen Boston campaign to connect adults 50+ with youth-serving organizations. EBN incorporated as a free-standing nonprofit in 2017, and continued to build Gen2Gen Boston with support from The Boston Foundation.
Our focus in 2018 is to help build the capacity of organizations to successfully engage and support adults 50+ as part of their human capital strategy.