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Generations United and the Generations Initiative Event at Urban Institute
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Rolling Stones Keith Richards' New Children's Book
Creative Program Ideas
Social Security's Vision for 2025
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Materials to Promote Older Americans Month
Young Change Makers Contest
2014 Program of Distinction
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 Volume 9, Issue 16
April 23, 2014

We Release Our Latest Signature Report Next Month!

The notion that Americans are ruggedly independent, forging alone into the horizon, just isn't true. Join Generations United and the Alliance for Children & Families on May 13 at the National Press Club in Washington DC, from 9:30AM to 10:45AM EDT to find out how extended families - grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins - as well as the community play a critical role in our resiliency and success as a people. We'll release our report, Intergenerational Family Connections: The Relationships that Support a Strong America, in time to mark the United Nation's 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (2014). Be a part of this monumental celebration and register today!

Generations United Awarded a Family Engagement Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, our organization, in partnership with the Center for Law and Education and the Baltimore-based Grandfamilies Parent Teacher Student Association, will provide a family engagement model for parents and caregivers to help Baltimore's children succeed in school. We're honored to be among the "30 exceptional organizations" that the Kellogg Foundation chose from a pool of more than 1,130 applicants, the most ever received for a single funding opportunity in the foundation's 83-year history. Read our press release.

Join Generations United and the Generations Initiative Next Week at Urban Institute!
The discussion on Weds., April 30, will center around Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America, a report by Generations United and the Generations Initiative. The day-long event will be an opportunity to learn and discuss ways to catalyze the opportunities presented by the changing demographics. Register today! 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United welcomes our new member, Kraemer Family Library, and renewing member, Intergeneration FoundationMerci. 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.

Rolling Stones Guitarist Honors His Grandpa in a New Children's Book 

Keith Richards, a grandfather of five, remembers how quality time spent with his grandfather, Theodore Augustus "Gus" Dupree, helped him realize his love of music. He will capture those moments and more in the picture book, Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, which Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will release on Sept. 9. "The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured," Richards explained in a statement. "This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me." Learn more
RSVP greeters were at the Chanute High School on Friday, April 18. Jim Schoenberger was the Easter Bunny. He is pictured with CHS students, from left, Madison Dispensa, Rena Stair and Rebecca Wendt.

School Greeter Program - Creative Program Ideas Series

In part two, we feature the School Greeter Program - of Chanute, Kansas - as part of our series on creative program ideas. Each week, we'll highlight an age-intentional program on our blog. Got something cool you tried that was successful? Then here's your chance to get on our blog! 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. Learn more about the School Greeter Program.

Social Security's Vision for 2025

As part of their developing Vision for 2025, the Social Security Administration invites creative ideas and suggestions for their programs between April 15 and May 2. "This...also gives you the opportunity to discuss and vote on other people's ideas," explained Kojuan Almond, the administration's Associate Commissioner for External Affairs. "We welcome your feedback." View past strategic goals, then make your voice heard

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Join Child Trends and the Office of Adolescent Health on May 7, from 2pm to 3pm EDT, for a webcast featuring some of the country's leading experts on positive youth development (PYD). The discussion, which is free and open to all, will focus on how PYD can improve health outcomes and reduce teen pregnancy. Additionally, Child Trends provided a social media toolkit with sample Tweets, Facebook posts and short E-News copy for those interested in helping to spread the word about the webcast. Register here

How Are You Celebrating Older Americans Next Month?

We want to hear from you about the age-amped - or intergenerational - programs with which you are involved. (see tool kit that helps participating organizations promote their work). Share with us some ways that young and old will work together next month to raise awareness of injury prevention.

Young Change Makers Contest

Joshua Williams, of Miami, Florida, was 5 years old when he started a national nonprofit to feed the homeless. Joshua's story show how young people aren't waiting to turn their passion into action.

And Youth Engaged 4 Change wants to hear from other young change makers. They're offering a $500 award for the winning photos or a poster that inspires other youth and young adults to take action. Deadline: May 4, 2014. Learn more

Deadline for Programs of Distinction is Next Week!

We can't wait to read your applications before the May 1 deadline. 
If you're part of - or run - an intergenerational program doing incredible work, we want to help you get the national recognition you deserve. 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   

Federal Policy at a Crossroads. Child Welfare League of America. Washington, DC. May 6-8, 2014. Learn more 
Fifth Annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Conference. The Treehouse Foundation. Holyoke, MA. May 30. 

n4a Answers on Aging Conference. National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Dallas, TX. July 12-16, 2014. Learn more


"If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first.~Lois Wyse 

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Alan King 

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Generations United 


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