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Tutoring Awards
The OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program has been honored throughout the years with various awards and recognition -- read more.

OASIS awards and achievements


  • American Society on Aging (ASA) Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education, presented to an individual or organization demonstrating continued excellence in training and education in the field of aging.
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  • OASIS named to the Social Impact Exchange (S & I) 100 Index, as one of 100 top-performing non-profits. The Social Impact 100 is the first-ever broad index of effective, high-impact nonprofits that serve large numbers of people in need, have evidence of results and are ready to grow.
  • OASIS’s CATCH Healthy Habits program was designated a Program of Distinction by Generations United.  The Program of Distinction award recognizes excellence while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs.


  • American Society on Aging (ASA) MindAlert Award, which recognizes innovative mental fitness programs for older adults developed by nonprofit organizations


  • Jack Ossofsky Award from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), named after Jack Ossofsky, a former NCOA president, given to individuals or organizations that have taken a creative, new idea and developed it into a successful program, service, or policy that helps older people achieve vital aging.


  • Secretary’s Innovation in Prevention Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the OASIS Active Start program.
  • MetLife Foundation/National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Older Volunteers Enrich America (OVEA) Program Award, which honors volunteer programs that are creating leadership opportunities for older adults and strengthening communities for the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program.
  • RespectAbility Program of Excellence, the highest award given by the NCOA, for the Person to Person peer support program. OASIS was one of four award winners that were nationally recognized for leadership in engaging older volunteers and demonstrated best practices in fostering continuing contributions that show community organizational impact.
  • AARP Impact Award to OASIS founder Marylen Mann as one of ten people who “did something extraordinary to make the world a better place.” Other 2006 award recipients were Michael J. Fox, Nancy Barry, Harry Belafonte, Governor Mike Huckabee, Naomi Judd, Jane Kaczmarek, Dr. Norman McSwain, Alan Reich, and Margie Richard.
  • National Innovation in Prevention Award from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes OASIS Active Start program for promoting healthy lifestyles.


  • AARP’s Impact Award recognized Marylen Mann as one of ten people who “did something extraordinary to make the world a better place.”
  • AT&T Foundation awarded the first of two major national Excelerator grants to OASIS to expand workplace technology skills training for undeserved adults.


  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the OASIS implementation of Active Living Every Day


  • The U.S. Department of Commerce funds startup of OASIS Connections technology education program.


  • OASIS makes a national commitment to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future to reach 100,000 young people through mentoring programs by the year 2000, and surpasses this goal.


  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded OASIS public program Reemerging Russia: Search for Identity, the first of four programs funded by NEH.


  • The May Department Stores Company was presented with the Business and Aging Leadership Award by the U.S. Administration on Aging recognizing its national support of OASIS.
  • OASIS was featured on national television in the “Forever Young” segment of former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop’s series.


  • The May Department Stores Company was honored as a finalist for Harvard University’s George S. Dively Award for Corporate Public Initiative for national sponsorship of the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program.


  • The U.S. Surgeon General’s Conference on Health Promotion and Aging recommended that federal and state agencies disseminate information about OASIS as a successful private sector model.


  • OASIS and The May Department Stores Company received Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.




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