Work for Yourself@50+

Community Partners

Together we're creating economic opportunity for older adults

Work for Yourself@50+ has more than 30 local partners in urban and rural communities across the country.

More than 37 million people over the age of 50 are at risk of not having enough income to meet their basic needs. Work for Yourself@50+ makes it easy for older adults to explore their self-employment opportunities and increase their financial stability.

Why it Matters

By 2024, a quarter of the workforce will be over 55, and of these, a third will be 65 or more. And for many over 50, self-employment becomes a necessity as traditional job opportunities are scarce and the value of retirement savings continues to decline.

As a Work for Yourself@50+ partner, you will help AARP Foundation reach an underserved demographic and build economic opportunities for vulnerable older adults.

How it Works

AARP Foundation partners with local organizations to host Work for Yourself@50+ workshops across the country. The two-hour workshop walks participants through the Work for Yourself@50+ Toolkit and helps participants navigate self-employment opportunities.


Get Involved

If your organization hosts entrepreneurship programming and is interested in bringing Work for Yourself@50+ workshops to your community, we want to hear from you. Please send us an email at [email protected] to learn more.

Partner Highlights

  • Best Practices Consulting

    Detroit, Michigan

    Best Practices Consulting Services provides capacity-building assistance to small businesses through strategic planning, business development, government contracting and marketing support.

  • Small Business Empowerment Center

    St. Louis, MO

    Helping older adults in St. Louis’ urban core realize their entrepreneurial potential by providing classes, business coaching and support.

  • YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley

    San Rafael, CA

    Since its inception in 2000, the YWCA's Fifty+ Employment Support Program has served hundreds of women each year. Fifty+ provides a targeted mix of services and strategies to improve clients’ job readiness.

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