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 Volume 9, Issue 9
March 5, 2014

Generations United in San Diego!

Next week, Donna Butts will be presenting on multicultural aging issues along with Kyaien Conner, John Rother and Fernando Torres-Gil at the 2014 Aging in America Conference. The panel will discuss our latest report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America, its findings and recommendations, challenging attendees to think about how these changes impact the future of the aging field. Learn more 

Registration's Now Open for 2014 Best Intergenerational Communities Event!

Join us on March 25 at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  We're excited to have our strategic advisor Juan Williams, journalist and FOX News correspondent, on hand to help us honor the communities that are exceptional at serving and engaging all generations: The Greater Phoenix Region, Arizona; City of Parkland, Florida; Reston, Virginia and Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin. This is an opportunity to learn about innovative intergenerational programs, policies and practices. Register todayand then share the information with your networks. 

Patience Is a Virtue

William Shakespeare once wrote, "How poor are they that have not patience!" Well, Donna Butts and Virginia Reno, of the National Academy of Social Insurance, co-authored a Huffington Post piece that explains how it literally pays to be patient, especially when choosing to collect social security.  Patience, according to both Butts and Reno, "can also translate to a higher retirement benefit." Read more

A Huge Thanks to Our Supporters

Generations United thanks our members and supporters. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can donate as a Tribute Gift in honor or memory of someone. Click & help us make 2014 even better.

Introducing...The Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin!

For our final part of this series (read parts 12 and 3), here's the Village of ShorewoodIn 1999, Milwaukee County Department on Aging formed the Intergenerational Council to nurture the development of intergenerational programming. Those efforts build off of the age-optimized activities going back to when Shorewood was incorporated as a Village in 1900. Today, the Shorewood Connects Intergenerational Work Group is the "intergenerational glue" that unites Village Government, the School District, the Business Improvement District, youth and seniors. Both Martin Lexmond, superintendent of Shorewood School District, and Shorewood's President Guy Johnson noted that the community's size can be deceptive. "Shorewood may be small," they explained, "but its wide variety of activities aimed at fostering intergenerational community connections are large, making it a wonderful place to grow up, raise a family, and retire." Join us for a look back at our past winners and finalists. Learn more

President Launches New Initiative for Young Men and Boys Facing Tough Odds

Aimed at helping young men and boys of color reach their full potential, the President's new initiative has strong potential for intergenerational approaches and grandfamilies. It brings together private philanthropies, businesses, governors, mayors, faith leaders and nonprofit organizations that are committed to helping them succeed. "We can help give every child access to quality preschool and help them start learning from an early age, but we can't replace the power of a parent who's reading to that child," President Obama told the press last week during his remarks in the East Room. Learn more

Sesame Street's Resource Packet for Children and Caregivers

Knowing that the incarceration of a loved one can be overwhelming for both children and caregivers, Sesame Street put together, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, a resource packet that provides simple everyday ways for caregivers to comfort and guide the young people in their lives child through those tough moments. Learn more

March 20 is "Absolutely Incredible Kid Day"

For 18 years, Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day has called on caring adults to honor the absolutely incredible youth in their lives. This year, Camp Fire is calling on all caring adults to write a letter, short note, email or text to all the youth in their lives. "Our hope is that every child across America receives this small act of recognition and motivation on behalf of the adults who care for them," Camp Fire explains. Learn more

Funding Opportunities

Capital Grants. Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is offering capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basisLearn more


Youth Development. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation is offering grant funds to support positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America's youth. The Foundation supports geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions. Deadline: Ongoing. Learn more
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Online Resources
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults. If you missed Donna Butts and Nancy Henkin's article, "Intergenerational practice in the United States: past, present and future," Emerald has it available for purchase online. Learn more
Didax Education. This publication offers teachers and specialist high-quality innovative activity books, games and cards that can be easily implemented into the current curriculum. Learn more
Caregiver Guide to Senior Health Issues. This guide offers expert advice to help caregivers handle the everyday challenges caused by common senior illnesses and conditions. Learn more 

Funding in Arts, Aging, and Health Webinar Series. National Centerfor Creative Aging. Wednesdays - 1-2pm EST - on March 19 and April 2. Learn more

25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference´┐Ż. MONUMENTAL. Washington D.C., April 9-12, 2014. Learn more

The Creative Age: Exploring Potential in the Second Half of Life a National Leadership Exchange and Conference on Creative Aging. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. June 10-14, 2014. Learn more

40th Annual Conference. North American Council on Adoptable Children.
Kansas City, MO. July 24-26, 2014.    


2014 National Pathways to Adulthood: A Convening on Youth in Transition. National Resource Center for Youth Development . Philadelphia, PA. August 6-8, 2014. Learn more


"They say genes skip generations.  Maybe that's why grandparents find their grandchildren so likeable." ~Joan McIntosh 

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Alan King 

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Generations United 


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