SCSEP Educational Materials

The Senior Community Service Program (SCSEP)

What is SCSEP?

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed people age 55 and older. Participants also have access to employment assistance through the American Job Center network.

SCSEP participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public agencies, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers, and senior centers. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of the federal, state or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to civic engagement and skills enhancement; and leads to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


Educating our Policymakers

The AWC has developed two leave behinds for use by members when visiting with key legislators. The first highlights the elements of SCSEP that align with the stated 2024 legislative priorities of the Democratic party and the second highlights the elements that align with the stated 2024 legislative priorities of the Republican party.


Collateral – Outcomes Aligned with 2024 Democratic Party Priorities

Democratic leave behind



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