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NHSA Receives New Grant
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Nominations Open for NASI's Prizes
International Dance Day
The LIFE Program
European Union Day of Solidarity between Generations
AGE to age
All Ages Together Campaign
Eisner Prize Nomination Deadline is Today!
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 Volume 9, Issue 17
April 30, 2014

In Less than Two Weeks, We Release Our Latest Signature Report!

In celebration of the United Nation's 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (2014), a provocative panel - featuring Dr. Yanira CruzPresident and CEO, National Hispanic Council on Aging; Dr. Lynette FragaExecutive Director, Child Care Aware; Patrick Gusman, President and Executive Director, Equal Footing Foundation; and Amy Goyer, Aging, Home and Family Expert, AARP - will discuss new poll results that challenge the notion that Americans are ruggedly independent, forging alone into the horizon. Join Generations United and the Alliance for Children and 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. Register today to be part of this monumental event!

Generations United in New Publication to be Released at UN Celebration

Family Futures (Tudor Rose, 2014) - in which Donna Butts's paper, "Stronger together: intergenerational solidarity in families and communities," appears - will be launched as part of the International Day of Families celebration at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on May 15. The digital edition is available on the publisher's website. Learn more

NHSA to Receive New Grant

Congratulations to the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) for being listed as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new collective of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. NHSA will receive a $50,000 grant to identify "work-arounds" to policy barriers that inhibit human services organizations from adopting two-generation approaches. 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.

Nominations Open for NASI's Two Prizes
The National Academy of Social Insurance is accepting nominations for the Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance and the John Heinz Dissertation Award - both of which will be presented at NASI's annual policy research conference in Washington, DC in January 2015. Learn more
Kairos Alive!

International Dance Day

In honor of this commemorative day, which was yesterday, we're highlighting two intergenerational dance programs, Kairos Alive! and Dancer's Unlimited (DU) Dance-Northern Ireland. The national award-winning KAIROS Dancing Heart™, now in its 13th year, leads Kairos Alive!'s Choreography of Care™: their multi-disciplinary arts interventions for older adults who are taught by professional dancers (learn more). With over thirty years of working within communities all over the world, Dancers Unlimited Dance-Northern Ireland's Closing the Gap project is another testament to the power of dance bringing the generations together. Learn more

Living (well through) Intergenerational Exercise and Fitness - LIFE

Throughout May, Older Americans Month, we'll feature age-amped - or intergenerational - programs that are raising awareness of injury prevention. Share with us some ways that young and old are working together this month (here's a tool kit to help participating organizations promote their work). First up is Iowa State University's LIFE Program, which both improves older adults' mobility through physical activity (thereby lowering their risk for falls and fall-related injuries) and changes youth's perceptions on aging. Learn more

European Union Day of Solidarity between Generations 
This annual event, which was celebrated yesterday, seeks to make the European Union more age-intentional and better adapted to their aging population. This year, the European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) has committed to producing a report on the state of intergenerational practice and learning in Europe. This report, among other things, will aim to enhance public interest and awareness on the essential role and value of intergenerational communication. Learn more
(PHOTO: Joe Rossi) Kateisha and Tom. Learn more about these two.

AGE to age 

In part three, we feature AGE to age, a program of the Northland Foundation and a 2012 Program of Distinction designee, as part of our series on creative program ideas. Each week, we'll continue highlighting an age-optimized program on our blog. We want to hear from you if you've got something cool you tried that was successful. Here's your chance to get on our blog and get promoted through our social media and weekly e-newsletter. 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. We look forward to promoting the next round of Programs of Distinction recipients (applications are due tomorrow). Learn more about AGE to age

All Ages Together Campaign

Though September is Intergeneration Month, the Intergeneration Foundation encourages thoughtful action every day of the year in any way that intentionally connects generations. That's why they launched the "All Ages Together Campaign," a new effort of collecting and posting ways in which generations come together on their website. Learn more

Eisner Prize Nomination Deadline is Today!

Don't forget to tweet your nominations to the Eisner Foundation today at hashtag #EisnerPrize. If you're not on Twitter, here's how you can get started. Help your favorite intergenerational programs win one of two Eisner Prizes - Innovation in Intergenerational Solutions and Lifetime Achievement in Intergenerational Advocacy - both of which are cash awards for $100,000 and will be given out on October 29th in Tempe at the national conference. 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

2014-2015 Promising Innovations Grant. Kendal Charitable Funds is awarding grants of $25,000 to programs enhancing the lives of an aging population through services, research and/or developing new understanding and awareness of issues and opportunities. Letters of Intent are due by May 15, 2014. Learn more


Youth Grants. Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to support a National Resource Center to enhance the capacity of programs designed to serve abandoned infants, young children and their families, particularly infants and children infected with HIV/AIDS, or perinatally exposed to a dangerous drug. Deadline: June 9, 2014. Learn more

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

Great Resources

Two (or More) Generation Frameworks: A Look Across and Within

Drawing attention to the family as the unit of intervention, the Center for the Study of Social Policy released a paper that highlights the work of organizations, including the National Human Services Assembly, to implement these two-generational or multigenerational approaches to combat poverty and to study their impacts. Learn more


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


Creating Public Will & Public Support - Lessons from the Field. National Human Services Assembly with the National Women's Law Center, National Urban League, and National Council of La Raza. Fri., May 9, 2pm EDT Learn more 


When Should I Take Social Security? National Academy of Social Insurance. Weds., May 14, 1pm EDT. Learn more

Federal Policy at a Crossroads. Child Welfare League of America. Washington, DC. May 6-8, 2014. Learn more 
Authentic Engagement: Policy, Advocacy & Community Mobilizing from Main Street to Capitol Hill. National Human Services Assembly. Weds., May 7. Washington, DC. Learn more
The Creative Age: NCCA National Leadership Exchange and Conference. Creative Aging. Washington, DC. June 10-14, 2014. Learn more 

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


Generations United's 18th International Conference. Generations United. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. SAVE the DATE.


"A child needs a grandparent, anybody's grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.~Charles and Ann Morse

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Alan King 

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Generations United 


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