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PRESS RELEASE: NASI Announces Grassroots Outreach and Education Initiatives to Strengthen Social Security for Vulnerable Populations

Nine Organizations Receive Project Funding

For Immediate Release: March 22, 2010

Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DCThe National Academy of Social Insurance today announced awards to nine grassroots organizations to support greater understanding of Social Security outside the beltway. The grantees will develop targeted informational materials and conduct outreach efforts to their constituencies, which encompass vulnerable groups including communities of color, older women, low-wage workers, young adults, and children.
 
“It is more important than ever – in light of job losses, declining asset values, and rising out-of-pocket medical costs – that groups most reliant on Social Security have their voices heard in policy debates about its future,” said Virginia Reno, Vice President for Income Security at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). “These educational efforts will prepare contributors to Social Security to better engage in the public debate on its reform.”
 
NASI issued the awards as part of its “Innovative Projects to Strengthen Social Security for Vulnerable Populations,” project, funded by the Ford Foundation. An independent committee named by Janice Gregory, President of NASI, set criteria, reviewed applications, and selected awardees.
 
A complete list of awardees is below.
 
Center for Economic and Policy Research
     The Need for Social Security by Location and Demographic Group
 
Economic Policy Institute
     Our Shared Future: A Youth Movement to Strengthen Social Security
 
Frances Perkins Center
     Celebrating Social Security—in Our Own Words!
 
Generations United
      The Stake of Children, Youth and Grandfamilies in Social Security
 
Global Policy Solutions
     A Social Security Web Campaign: Sharing Ideas and Information to Empower Communities
 
National Council of Negro Women
    African-American Women and the Future of Social Security:
    Increasing Knowledge,  Framing the Discussion 
 
National Council of La Raza
     Engaging Second-Generation Young Latinos as Advocates for Social Security
 
OWL – The Voice of Midlife and Older Women
     Social Security Matters
 
Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
     Think 2040: Social Security

The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.

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