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Mission Statement

The Coming of Age initiative seeks to harness the talents, skills and energy of one of our most valuable resources: people age 50+. Coming of Age celebrates the ability of all people age 50+ to continue to grow, transform their communities and become a force for public good.


Who We Are

In the next decades, many of the 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. will join the dynamic generation that preceded them in retiring from full-time work. Anticipating decades more of productivity and good health, these retirees and pre-retirees are exploring new interests, contemplating second careers and offering their expertise in their communities. Because of the sheer size, energy and diversity of this powerful group, they are profoundly changing ideas about retirement and aging.

Coming of Age:Bay Area, launched in 2010, seeks to capture and utilize the talent, passion and skills of individuals 50+ with exciting programs that benefit the entire community.

What We Do

Through its programs, training, consultation and online community, Coming of Age helps people 50+ make rewarding transitions to the next phase of life by providing pathways to explore passions, plan for the future, become community leaders, pursue lifelong learning and engage in meaningful service. Coming of Age offers a multifaceted initiative designed to discover and tap the potential of aging.

To help realize this transformation, Coming of Age:

  • Provides structured opportunities for people to explore their futures
  • Helps people engage in meaningful paid and/or unpaid work and community service
  • Builds the capacity of for-profit, not-for-profit and public sector organizations to harness the experience, talents and skills of people 50+
  • Creates an online community to connect programs, services and staff
  • Increases public awareness about the value people 50+ provide to the community.


Coming of Age:Bay Area is sponsored by Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS), with additional funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service/RSVP grant, the Hands On Network and other community grants, and in partnership with KQED.



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