News from CSD - 2009

 
"While a common tendency is to focus on the burdens an aging population will place on a country's economic and social welfare, an aging society represents an opportunity, not just a crisis," says Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ph.D.
Comprehensive bibliographies on asset building and civic engagement and service now available on CSD’s web site offer convenient, web-based access to over 3,000 citations, many with abstracts and links to full text.
​International gerontology scholars gathered in China to address the challenge of initiating research and policy innovations that will support older adults in being actively engaged and harness their contributions for the betterment of families, communities, and society.
​The Livable Lives Initiative started at the Brown School, with the vision of developing a mulit-disciplinary, University-wide project. The underlying goal of this Request for Proposal is to invite members of the University community to help develop the Livable Lives initiative across the campus.
​The award recognizes the rigorous research Dr. Morrow-Howell and Ms. McCrary have led on Experience Corps, an intergenerational tutoring program that places older adults in public schools to help students who have been identified as poor readers.
The availability of savings products for young people, especially in the developing world, remains extremely limited despite demand for safe and regulated institutions, a large potential market, and growing evidence about the potential of savings to benefit youth.
​In his popular education column in the Washington Post, "Class Struggle," Jay Mathews praises CSD's research on Experience Corps for its rigorous approach and use of a randomized selection process.
Jennifer C. Greenfield, MSW, and Ernest Gonzales, MSW, doctoral students at Washington University’s Brown School, recently offered testimony on the implementation and assessment of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
​Through the College Savings Initative, CSD and the New America Foundation will examine innovative ways to create more inclusive 529 college savings plans.
A visit from members of the Seoul Welfare Foundation marked the official launch of a research collaboration between the Foundation and CSD. The research project will focus on the impacts of one of the Foundation’s major social programs, a matched savings program called the Hope Plus Savings Account Program, which is modeled on Individual Development Accounts in the United States.
Four full-tuition scholarships are available to prospective MPH students who have professional interests or experience in a range of areas including health communications, nursing, and community or public service, as well as to prospective students completing health and pre-professional health majors who seek career opportunities in public health. 
​On April 6, 2009, Michael Sherraden, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and Director of the Center for Social Development, presented the wrap-up speech at the 26th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations.
A visit from members of the Seoul Welfare Foundation in early May will mark the official launch of a research collaboration between the Foundation and CSD. The research project will focus on the impacts of one of the Foundation’s major social programs, a matched savings program called the Hope Plus Savings Account Program, which is modeled on Individual Development Accounts in the United States.
​Rigorous new research from Washington University's Brown School shows significant gains from a national service program that trains experienced Americans to help low-income children one-on-one in urban public schools.
​The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis devoted a feature article in the spring issue of its publication, Bridges, to Child Development Accounts (CDAs), an innovative tool for making long-term investments in children.
Tutors over 55 who help young students on a regular basis experience positive physical and mental health outcomes. The tutors studied were members of Experience Corps, an award-winning organization that trains thousands of people over 55 to tutor children in urban public schools across the country.
The World Council of Credit Unions recently launched MatchSavings.org, an innovative online campaign that collects contributions from individuals in the developed world to benefit first-time savers in developing countries.
​A report, conducted by researchers at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, investigates a matched savings program in Peru targeted at rural women, the Puno-Cusco Corridor Development Project. The four-year program offers financial education and ongoing support, as well as a 1:1 incentive for the initial deposit and a 25% incentive for additional savings, paid monthly.
The Center for Social Development (CSD) announces the publication of the March 2009 SEED Account Monitoring research report. This report synthesizes over four years of data collected on 1,171 children and youth participating in SEED policy. 
Subtitled "The movement to give every American a trust fund at birth," the article summarizes the case for a universal children's savings account. The idea that "every baby should be a trust fund baby" was first articulated by CSD Director  Michael Sherraden in his 1991 book, Assets and the Poor.