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 Volume 10, Issue 17
April 29, 2015
Generations United on KHSU
In an interview with KHSU's Chronically Gifted: Life after 50, Donna talked about the benefits of communities thinking intergenerationally. "The community - rather than build a separate senior center, teen center and child center - pool their resources and build an intergenerational center that's used by people of all ages," she said. "So it saves money, while making sense." Listen to the show

Robert Putnam to Discuss Our Kids | Full Conference Schedule Available! 

Join us at Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, featuring Dr. Robert Putnam, leading social scientist and author of Bowling Alone and the just-released New York Times bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. New this week: check out our conference agenda to learn more about other exciting conference events and register today. 

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Check Out Our New Seniors4Kids Video!
In our new video, Nebraska's former First Lady Sally Ganem has a message for older adults: "The children don't have the voices to speak up. But we do. ...Young children and youth are our future. ...[As a former principal,] I've had the opportunity of using various Foster Grandparent programs, RSVP, having grandmothers and grandfathers come into the school and work with children. I can't even imagine what my school would be like without those volunteers.They made a world of difference." Watch the video

Congratulations to Jewish Home Lifecare Resident Ms. Drucilla Marshall!

Jewish Home Lifecare recently awarded their resident, Ms. Drucilla Marshall, mentor of the year award for their Geriatric Career Development Program, a Generations United Program of Distinction. Watch the video from the AJAS award ceremony.

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Social Security Administration Releases its Vision 2025

Embarking on its 80th Anniversary of being a key piece of the Nation's fabric, Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, officially released Vision 2025, the result of feedback and ideas received from the Social Security Administration employees, labor unions, management associations, and the public. The vision will serve as a "North Star" to guide Social Security and show how the agency will accomplish and deliver three key priorities: superior customer experience, exceptional employees, and an innovative organization over the next decade and beyond. Learn more

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Deadline Extended for  Program of Distinction Applications - May 15
Every year, we recognize a rare few outstanding intergenerational programs through the Program of Distinction designation. This designation, developed by national intergenerational experts and launched in 2010, serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program. 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.  Contact Emily Duda  with any questions.  Learn more   ( Read how the designation helped past designees .)
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks  our members and supporters.   Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
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Generations United's 2015 Photography Contest

This year's theme is "Generations Unleashed Equal Value Unleashed." Photographs must depict youth and older community members engaging in activities that smash the silos that separate the generations and release the energy that comes from uniting them. The photographs should illustrate the contest's theme with creativity and insight. The Photography Contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers of all ages. The deadline to submit is May 15. Learn more

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Culture United

Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton

This matchup between trumpeters  Doc Cheatham  (91 at the time) and  Nicholas Payton  (just 23) is quite logical and delightful. The late  Cheatham , one of the few survivors of the 1920s, was still in remarkably fine form, while  Payton  (a flexible New Orleans player capable of ranging from Dixieland to  Freddie Hubbard ) is both respectful and inspiring. With  Doc  contributing occasional vocals and the settings ranging from a quartet to an octet with clarinetist  Jack Maheu  and pianist  Butch Thompson , the brassmen explore a variety of 1920s and '30s standards, including a couple of obscurities ("Do You Believe in Love at Sight?" and "Maybe"). The interplay between the co-leaders, the many subtle tributes to  Louis Armstrong , and the consistent enthusiasm of this swinging set make this a historic success and a very enjoyable outing. Listen to the track list samples


Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. Disclaimer: Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.

Cool Ideas
Cross Cultural Community Center in Chicago
This week's cool idea is the Cross Cultural Community Center in Chicago, where college students teach cooking classes for older adults.  T weet your cool intergenerational ideas to  #cooligideas .   You can also p ost them  to our  Intergenerational  Connections  Facebook  Group . We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter!  Share the inspiration . Learn more about the Cross Cultural Community Center in Chicago

Spend Your Summer With Us!

Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for summer internships in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. See additional details and qualificationsIf you are passionate about building a better world for people of all ages, contact Emily Duda at or 202-777-0113. 

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Standard Charitable Foundation Grants. Grants between $5,000 and $25,000 will be awarded to organizations that support community development, education, and disability programs with an emphasis on helping people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Deadline: Rolling

James Irvine Foundation - Exploring Engagement Fund. The purpose of this program is to support arts organizations with innovative ideas and a readiness to take bold steps that will engage new and diverse populations. Proposed projects must represent an experiment intended to increase arts engagement in a new or deepened way. Projects can be brand new, or take a different approach with an existing project or practice. Deadline: December 28, 2015. Learn more

Teens Teach Tech Grant. VolunteerNation is awarding several grants of $250 as part of their "Teens Teaching Tech," a workshop series designed to provide older adults with one-on-one support with new technology to help foster and cultivate intergenerational relationships. The applicant must be part of a school-based club or homeschool community organization in the U.S.  Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Learn more


Family Literacy. Awards ranging from $200 to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations that support family literacy. The program focuses on fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs, breaking the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more

Generations United encourages you to submit intergenerational projects. If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources


Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Family Caregivers

This comprehensive 51-state overview - produced jointly by the AARP Public Policy Institute, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and National Employment Law Project (NELP) - explains how unemployment insurance rules apply to those who are forced to quit their jobs, or who are fired, when they undertake caregiving responsibilities for family members.  Learn more




Education and Health: The Return on Investment

This new policy brief, released by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center on Society and Health with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explores how investing in education is investing in public health - how prioritizing spending in education can potentially lower health care costs. Learn more

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 

"Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, some kind of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers." ~Gilbert Highet

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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