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Generations United's 2015 Conference
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Generations United Shout Out
Youth Speak Out Advocacy Team
Meet Duncan McDonell
2014 Best Intergenerational Communities Event
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2014 Program of Distinction
Summer Internship Opportunity
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Publications for Sale
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Global Youth Service Day
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 Volume 9, Issue 11
March 19, 2014
PHOTO: W. Roy Earnest. Click here or on the photo to view the enlarged image

Save the Date: Generations United's 18th International Conference

Our excitement continues as we start planning for next year's International Conference, July 21-24, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. We're sure it will provide unique intergenerational ideas like the annual Kahuna Kupuna Surf Contest (pictured) and more. Details to come. Contact Leah Bradley to join our Conference Planning Committee. 

Work Anniversary!

This month marks our Special Advisor, Ana Beltran's, 15 year anniversary with Generations United. We thank Ana for her terrific work on behalf of grandfamiles for the last decade and a half. Please email Ana your congratulations.

Generations United Shout Out                
We thank our partner, Jack Levine, founder of 4Generation Institute, for listing our website among his list of those recommended for inspiration. Read Jack's piece, which we re-posted on our blog, to see the full list. Contact Jack to subscribe to his e-alerts.  

Developing a Youth Speak Out Advocacy Team

Generations United, in collaboration with the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the National Foster Parent Association, present a webinar that teaches individuals and agencies how to expand their advocacy and public awareness efforts in partnership with youth who have experienced foster care, kinship care and/or adoption. Learn the basics of development, promotion and maintenance of public speaking team(s) of adopted/foster/kin youth. Tues., March 25 at 1 p.m. eastern time (noon central time, 11 a.m. mountain time and 10 a.m. pacific time). Learn more

Art as a Tool for Intergenerational Communication

Duncan McDonell, one of our youth jumpstart grantees, is a visual artist. In a recent blog post, he recounted how his experiences as an art teacher not only involved him inspiring older adults, but it also taught him an important lesson. Read Duncan's piece.

Last Call to Register 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. 
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.

Become a 2014 Program of Distinction    
There's still time to apply and gain recognition for your incredible work. Think your intergenerational program has what it takes to be among an elite group that's effectively connecting generations? Then we want to hear from you. The deadline to apply is May 1, but we are happy to accept your application immediately. Contact Leah Bradley with any questions. Learn more  

Summer Internship Opportunity

Generations United is accepting applications for its Summer 2014 Internship Program. This opportunity provides interns a chance to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. Learn more

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A Final Look Back at Our Past Best Intergenerational Communities 

And the countdown continues. In the weeks leading up to our March 25 event, we shared stories of our past winners. In our final of this three-part series, meet Itta Bena, Mississippi; Montgomery County, Maryland and Westchester County, New York (our 2013 winners). Learn more about those communities. If you missed our previous highlights, read part 1 and part 2

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!

Be a Presenter at the Senior Leadership Conference

The Alliance for Children and Families is seeking workshop proposals for their 46th annual Senior Leadership Conference, Feb. 21-24, 2015, in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Workshop proposals should relate to at least one of the Alliances' Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofits. Application deadline is April 1, 2014. Learn more

Global Youth Service Day           
With less than a month away from Global Youth Service Day (April 11-13, 2014), Youth Service America (YSA) is urging young people to spread the word about their Global Youth Service Day events. Download free promo tools and spread the word through your community. Youth advocates can help by pledging their support for young people changing the world. 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
Great Resources
Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends

Pew Research Center's report looks at the distinctive path the Millennial generation is forging into adulthood. According to the report, today's Millennials are "different from older adults back when they were the age Millennials are now." Learn more


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


The Next America. This book, by Paul Taylor and  the Pew Research Center, looks at how the growing racial generational gap impacts livelihoods, families, politics and the social safety net. Learn more

Online Resources

When To Take Social Security: It Pays to Wait. This toolkit, by the National Academy of Social Insurance, explains how waiting to take Social Security retirement benefits will increase your monthly benefit by as much as 76 percent. Learn more  


Youth Engaged 4 Change. This website, created by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, offers a number of opportunities for youth as well as stories highlighting young "change makers" and more. Learn more 



Engaging Birth Parents in Kinship Care. Child Welfare League of America. Thurs., March 27, 3-4:30pm EST. Learn more

Advocacy Summit 2014. Save the Children. Washington, DC. April 8-9, 2014.   
25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference´┐Ż. MONUMENTAL. Washington D.C., April 9-12, 2014. Learn more  

"Grandchildren don't stay young forever, which is good because Pop-pops have only so many horsey rides in them." ~Gene Perret  

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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