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Eisner Foundation Accepting Nominations
Generations United Thanks its Youth Grantees
Call for Papers
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Materials to Promote Older Americans Month
Opportunity Neighborhood
Happy Earth Month from EPA!
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2014 Program of Distinction
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 Volume 9, Issue 15
April 16, 2014
Registration Now Open for the May 13 Release of Our Latest Signature Report
Join Generations United and the Alliance for Children & Families on May 13 from 9:30AM - 10:45AM EDT in Washington DC for the release of our new report: Intergenerational Family Connections: The Relationships that Support a Strong America. National policy experts and others will discuss new poll results about intergenerational connectedness within our families which plays a critical role in our resiliency and success as a people. Register today!
Generations United and the Generations Initiative Discuss America's Changing Demographics
Capitalizing on the historically unprecedented vigor of our older population and the energy and enthusiasm of their diverse younger counterparts requires thoughtful consideration of our federal, state and local policies and programs. Our report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America, constitutes the beginning of such consideration. Now, join Generations United and the Generations Initiative at the Urban Institute for a day-long event on Weds., April 30, to discuss approaches to federal policy that will meet the needs of - and gain the political support of - Americans of all Ages. Register today! 
Nominations Now Accepted for the 2014 Eisner Prize

This year's Eisner Prize process is entirely Twitter-based and nominations must be submitted by Tweeting the Eisner Foundation at hashtag #EisnerPrize. For the first time ever, the Eisner Foundation will be awarding two Eisner Prizes. One will be for Innovation in Intergenerational Solutions, and the other will be for Lifetime Achievement in Intergenerational Advocacy.  Both prizes will be cash awards for $100,000, and both of these awards will be given out on October 29th in Tempe at the national conference. Learn more. If you're not on Twitter, here's how you can get started.

(PHOTO: Mentor Up) l-r: Sardea Abdul and Sam Smith
Generations United Thanks its Youth Jumpstart Grantees

This past Saturday was Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) 2014, the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. These young people celebrated by planting gardens, making toys out of recyclable products for children in need, registering voters and promoting volunteerism through high school programs they createdWe thank the youth for addressing critical issues and changing their communities. We especially thank Sardea Abdul and Sam Smith, our Generations United/Mentor Up Youth Jumpstart Grantees with Camp Fire Patuxent, for facilitating a wonderful workshop at MONUMENTAL 14, the 25th annual national service-learning conference. Here are some other ways young people celebrated GYSD 2014.

Call for Papers
Our Special Advisor Ana Beltran contributed and we encourage others to submit manuscripts as well to GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journa of Research, Practice and Policy. The editors invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging program evaluation and policy perspectives among other topics. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and 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.

Next Month is Older Americans Month
With this year's theme focusing on injury prevention - Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow - the Administration for Community Living (ACL), an organization under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, posted new materials for 2014 to help participating organizations promote their events. The toolkit includes facts about preventing falls and injuries, an activity guide, poster templates, logos and tips for consumers. Learn more
(PHOTO: Little Brother of Minnesota)

Opportunity Neighborhood - Creative Program Ideas

Each week, we'll feature an age-intentional program on our blog as part of our creative intergenerational idea series. If your organization tried something cool and was successful, then we want to hear from you. Disclaimer: The ideas we spotlight does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs - share the inspiration . First up, is Opportunity Neighborhood - of New Brighton, Minnesota - that, through its partnership with Little Brothers of Minnesota, runs intergenerational activities in the Ames Lake Neighborhood. Learn more

Happy Earth Month from EPA!

Earth Day is April 22, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is celebrating all month and are inviting others to as well. Join their #ActOnClimate Twitter Chats, where they'll share a new tip each day to help those interested to act on climate change. Learn more 

New Intergenerational Film Coming Soon

In honor of Financial Literacy Month, filmmaker Amanda Brown is wrapping up production on a developing project that's  encouraging intergenerational dialogue. Black Heirlooms, a personal and cultural examination of the wealth gap in America, tells the story of Brown's grandmother, Mee-Mah, her eight children and a family divided over Mee-Mah's estate. Learn more from the film trailer

Deadline Fast Approaching for Programs of Distinction

If you're part of - or run - an intergenerational program doing incredible work, we want to help you get the national recognition you deserve. You don't have to wait until the May 1 deadline to get your applications in. We are happy to accept your submission immediately. Here's the history on our designation and why it's so important. Join our elite group of changemakers that are effectively connecting generations. Contact Leah Bradley with any questions. Learn more

Publications for Sale

Under One Roof and Connecting Generations are available for the shipping and handling price. At $3.50, Under One Roof is an invaluable guide on starting and strengthening intergenerational shared site programs, where children/youth and older adults participate in ongoing services and/or programming concurrently at the same site. Connecting Generations, a user-friendly guide to creating meaningful intergenerational programs, is available for $4.50. Order your copies today!

Funding Opportunities

Community Grants. The Aetna Foundation is awarding grants at one of two levels - $25,000 or $50,000 - to initiatives that encourage healthy eating and active living, particularly within low-income, underserved and minority communities. Proposals should focus on projects that support community gardening and urban farming, and projects that make physical activity accessible, affordable and fun. Application Due Dates: June 5 and July 30, 2014. Learn more


Youth Grants. Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation seeks concept papers for innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology and the environment. Deadline: June 1, 2014. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources

Hidden victims of the Syrian crisis: disabled, injured and older refugees

A new report from Handicap International and HelpAge International highlights the fact that older, disabled and injured Syrian refugees are being doubly victimized as a result of the Syria conflict. The new data shows that these vulnerable individuals are left in the shadows of the humanitarian responses. Learn more from the press release, then download the report.


If you have reports on issues that help young and old, please send them to Alan King at


Kinship Care: Traditions of Caring and Collaborating - An Evidence-based Model of Practice. Child Welfare League of America. Thurs., April 24, 3pm EDT. Learn more   


Helping Children Manage Feelings and Behaviors. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Thurs., April 24, 8pm eastern (7pm central, 6pm mountain and 5pm pacific). Learn more 
Alliance Executive Leadership Conference. Alliance for Children &
Families. Nashville, TN. May 14-17,2014 


Fifth Annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Conference. The Treehouse Foundation. Holyoke, MA. May 30. 

"A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart.~Unknown Author

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