By Andy Levine

Ten years ago, Jim Farrin helped start an organization called The Petey Greene Program. He was 72-years-old at the time.

In a nutshell, the program brings college volunteers into prisons to serve as tutors. They help prisoners get a high school diploma or GEDs. And in some cases, they even help prepare them to attend college. What started as a small pilot program at Princeton University has grown to 1,200 volunteers at 29 colleges and universities including Harvard, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania.

Last year, the American Association of Retired Persons named James Farrin one of five winners of the Purpose Prize. The AARP Purpose Prize is the only national award in the United States that celebrates people 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a difference.

Jim is now 82 years old today. By his own admission is working as hard as he ever has. And he’s never been happier.

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