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Advocates for Families First Moves Ahead with Bold, First Policy Agenda
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 Volume 9, Issue 25
June 25, 2014
(Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images) - Click here to see enlarged image - DeAndre Yedlin of the United States (left) competes with Portugal's Miguel Veloso for the ball during Sunday's 2014 FIFA World Cup match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.

Grand Success Story

This past Sunday, the world watched 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin and the U.S. soccer team battle it out against Portugal in World Cup 2014. That day, the little known right back, who was raised by his grandparents, became a household name in his national debut. At Generations United, Yedlin is another shining example of the resiliency and resourcefulness of grandfamilies. "My grandparents have been big supporters in my life," he told Sounders U-23, "without them paying for all the soccer growing up I don't know I would be where I am today." 

Generations United in the News

Advocates for Families First Moves Ahead with Bold, First Policy Agenda

Advocates for Familes First - a partnership of Generations United, the National Foster Parents Association and the North American Council on Adoptable Children - released its first joint policy agenda last week on Capitol Hill. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) was among those speaking as advocates for strengthening policies on behalf of kinship, foster and adoptive families. "When you look at the data (since the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act), time waiting to be adopted has declined by a year since 1997," explained Congressman Camp, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. "The bill has been effective, but we can improve upon it with the legislation that is pending." Learn more


Lynn Urvina, a kinship navigator and grandparent raising grandchildren in Washington state, also spoke about the need for improved supports and policies for relatives raising children outside of the foster care system. Prior to the Capitol Hill event, Lynn and several other relative caregivers from across the country convened in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural training of the GrAND network - a joint partnership of Generations United and Casey Family Programs - to raise caregivers' voices.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks our renewing members, JCA Heyman Interages Center and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A). Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can donate as a Tribute Gift in honor or memory of someone. Click & help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.

Special Offer on Youth Today

The National Human Services Assembly's National Collaboration for Youth, comprising of 50 member organizations, will offer grand members and friends of Generations United discounted subscriptions to Youth Today's online and print editions. Learn more

What Are You Doing for Grandparents Day?

We're less than three months away from Sept. 7 and would love to highlight your creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter. Let us know. If you haven't decided on an activity yet, then visit for resources, ideas and information. 
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Are you on Instagram? Then you have a beautiful, fast and fun way to stay updated on our initiatives. We look forward to capturing and sharing our intergenerational moments. You can do the same. Stay tuned for upcoming intergenerational photo contests and more. Follow us

Cool Intergenerational Ideas - Text them, Tweet them or Facebook Post them!

Got a cool idea for connecting generations? Why not tweet them to #cooligideas or post them to our Facebook Group, Intergenerational Connections? If you're a Youth Jumpstart Grantee, share your ideas here or text us through Facebook's Messenger app by friending me to join our Cool Intergenerational Ideas group discussion. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Disclaimer: Spotlighting ideas does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs. Share the inspiration

Become a Generations United Senior Fellow

Are you a senior professional in the D.C. area who has expertise, energy and wisdom to share? Then we're looking to recruit you as a Senior Fellow. The program is an opportunity to apply your skills to new areas of interest, gain a better understanding of Generations United and our impact, approach, strategies, opportunities, and challenges. Consider contributing to our mission. Learn more

Funding Opportunities

Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The Drucker Institute will award a first-place prize of $100,000 to a nonprofit organization that best demonstrates Druckerʼs definition of innovation: "change that creates a new dimension of performance." Deadline: July 1, 2014. Learn more


Youth Grants. YSA's Summer of Service Awards is offering grants of $1,000 to young change-makers, ages 5-18, who are creating positive change through volunteering and service. Deadline: July 31, 2014. Learn more


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

Great Resources


HHS Needs to Improve Oversight of Fostering Connections Act Implementation

This U.S. Government Accountability Office survey of states (including D.C. and Puerto Rico) looks at the implementation of the Fostering Connections Act. Learn more


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



Story Telling for Nonprofits: How to present stories that attract donors, win support, and raise more money. This free eBook will teach you how to build the elements of a great story, incorporate powerful visuals and tell your story through different vehicles such as social media. Learn more


Under One Roof and Connecting Generations 
These resources are available for the shipping and handling price -
Under One Roof is $4.50 and Connecting Generations is $5.50. Order your copies today!
n4a Answers on Aging Conference. National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Dallas, TX. July 12-16, 2014. Learn more


Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 2015. Learn more 



Step Up for Kids Day. Every Child Matters. Washington, DC. Sept. 23, 2014. Learn more

In the News                
Rachel Wise, president of the Nebraska Board of Education, believes that No Child Left Behind "'jump-started' the country's examination of school accountability, but parts of the law are unrealistic." Read "Nebraska officials look for path to waiver from NoChild Left Behind."

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.~Frank Lloyd Wright

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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