This guide was developed in conjunction with the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), a private nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture. Established in 1959, CAL has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual education, English as a second language, foreign language education, dialect studies, literacy education, language policy, refugee orientation, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children. CAL’s staff of researchers and educators conduct research, design and develop instructional materials and language tests, provide technical assistances and professional development, conduct needs assessments and program evaluations, and disseminate information and resources related to language and culture.
Four leading minority aging organizations that also administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program supported this project and provided invaluable feedback.
Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores (National Association for Hispanic Elderly), founded in 1975, is the nation’s oldest organization for Hispanic elderly. It is a private nonprofit corporation with both public and private funding. The association works with the nation’s diverse Hispanic communities and focuses on employment, housing, and health. The association administers a SCSEP program in four states.
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), a nonprofit organization, was established in 1979 to advocate on behalf of Asian-Pacific Islanders in their senior years. NAPCA serves thousands of API seniors who represent the fastest growing segment of the aging population and who face unique challenges, including cultural and language barriers and access to services and employment opportunities. NAPCA brings critical issues affecting the API aging community to the forefront of national debates and provides much needed access and information in an effort to improve their quality of life. NAPCA administers a SCSEP program in eight states and the District of Columbia.
National Caucus and Center on the Black Aged (NBCA) is the only national organization aimed at improving the quality of life for African-American and minority elderly. Founded in 1970 by the late Hobart C. Jackson of Philadelphia, NCBA has worked to eliminate obstacles to fairness and equal access for low-income black and minority seniors. NCBA’s focus is on housing, employment, and health. NCBA administers a SCSEP program in eight states and the District of Columbia.
National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) was founded in 1976 by members of the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association to advocate for improved, comprehensive services to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. A nonprofit organization, it is considered the nation’s foremost advocate for American Indians and Alaska Native Elders. NICOA administers a SCSEP program in 15 states.