Your turn! Survey gauges older pros interest in going back to work; mentoring younger workers

Dear Residents & Other Community Stakeholders,

As we all know, Surprise is a community of all ages. With one of the largest elderly populations per capita in the U.S. as well as a lot of young families that reside here, our city is uniquely positioned to use these demographics to our community’s advantage. Because of this, it’s more important than ever that we constantly strive for and leverage new ways to engage residents of all ages.

For this reason and many others, Surprise has recently joined an exciting new effort called the Arizona Age-Friendly Network, which is being coordinated by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). The goal of the network is to connect generations of citizens and strengthen communities in cities throughout the state. This means leveraging the time and talent of each generation for the benefit of all. Surprise is pleased to be one of the newest partner cities to join the network. Throughout the next year, we will be discovering with you opportunities to enhance our quality lifestyle in Surprise. More information about the Arizona Age-Friendly Network is available at

Through this letter, I’m inviting and encouraging you to become a part of this new initiative by responding to an online survey. The survey will only take about 7 minutes to complete. Here’s what we’re trying to find out through the survey:

In every community, there are talented individuals who have years of experience in diverse fields.
In these same communities, there are young adults who are entering the workforce for the first time. These young adults have tremendous energy, but may lack all the skills and insights they need to succeed. If we can connect these two groups, our community and residents will be more successful.

The impact of this exchange could be powerful. As a result, MAG is working with the Thunderbird School of Global Management to determine the economic impact older adults have on our economy. This includes offering alternative arrangements in the workplace that support older adults and facilitating the transfer of knowledge from experienced to younger workers. This survey is an important first step in better understanding how older adults might want to engage in paid and unpaid employment offerings.

Please take a few moments to respond to this survey. You may answer the questions online by clicking on following link You may also mail your completed survey to Amy St. Peter, MAG Human Services and Special Projects Manager, 302 North 1st Avenue, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or by fax to (602) 254-6490. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Ms. St. Peter at (602) 452-5049.

I encourage you to share this letter with as many of your friends, neighbors and HOA members as possible. Together, we can make Surprise is a stronger, more unified city when all generations are represented. Thank you in advance for helping to stimulate a strong community and economy.

Best regards,

Mayor Sharon Wolcott