TimeSlips will receive funds from the organization of nonprofit providers to expand its curriculum and audience, including formalizing and disseminating training programs for high-school and college students. LeadingAge will invest $189,000 fromits Innovation Fund over two years, and serve as an advisor to TimeSlips in program development and execution, the organization said.
“Our involvement with TimeSlips touches three of our core focus areas: workforce development, raising awareness of dementia and caregiving, and challenging ageism,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “As we look at solutions for the many challenges our members face, we strive to partner with innovative, forward-thinking organizations like TimeSlips.”
TimeSlips, founded in 1998 by MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting, focuses on training and certification in person-directed caregiving for all kinds of people, and particularly for people living with dementia. The group has certified caregiver facilitators in 46 states and 17 countries; LeadingAge said it wants to help TimeSlips scale to a reach a national student audience. At the partnership’s completion, TimeSlips aims to establish credit-bearing programs at 10 high schools and colleges in the U.S.
The partnership is structured in two phases. TimeSlips will start by creating a stakeholder group and develop support materials and curriculum. The following year, it will implement volunteer, student service learning, Student Artist-in-Residence and credit-bearing training programs at a minimum of 10 campuses, followed by an evaluation.