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 Volume 10, Issue 13
April 1, 2015

Meet Our Conference Keynote Speakers!

Join us at Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, for inspiring keynotes speakers including Dr. Robert Putnam, political scientist, professor and author (Bowling Alone and Our Kids); Trent Stamp, executive director of Eisner Foundation; Keiko Higuchi, co-chair of JAPAN NGO Council on Aging (JANCA); Keiko Sugi, CEO of Kotoen and chair of Japan Intergenerational Unity Association; and others. Visit the conference website to learn more. Register today!

Breaking News
Generations United and PBS!
Generations United announces take over of  PBS . Renames Big Bird "GU Emu." Happy April Fool's Day!
Annie E. Casey Foundation's New Data on Child Poverty and Preschool Enrollments

"Attending high-quality preschool can significantly contribute to the healthy development of young children, especially those in low-income families, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation blog that found that "63% of 3- to 4-year-olds in low-income families do not attend preschool, a higher rate compared with their more affluent counterparts at 46%." Learn more, then join our Seniors4Kids movement to help advocate for high-quality preschool for all children.

This Just In
Generations United and Nike!
Generations United and Nike are working on a joint marketing campaign. Nike's new tag line is "just u it" and Generations United's "U" replaces the swoosh. Happy April Fool's Day!
April is National Poetry Month! 
Last month, we featured the Between the Lines, an intergenerational poetry therapy program in Carlisle, MA, a MetLife Foundation/ Generations United 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities award winner. Certified Poetry Therapist, Patti Russo, who started this program, works with Easter Seals, pre-K and high schools. Here are some poems from her workshop with older adults and preschool students. Stay tuned to next week for more on National Poetry Month!
Breaking News
Generations United and Bono!
Generations United announces a strategic partnership with  Bono . New venture to be called "GU-U2." Happy April Fool's Day!

Too Small to Fail Releases New Community Guide

Going off the momentum of their "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" campaigns last year, Too Small to Fail released their Talking is Teaching Community Campaign Guide yesterday. The guide, which is designed to help communities start or enhance their own Talking is Teaching campaigns, includes: recent research on early brain development, important information related to launching a community campaign and other materials. Learn more

This Just In
Generations United and the European Union
To reflect Generations United's growing global dominance, the 
European Union merged with GU to become  the "GU EU." Happy April's Day!
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Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
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. Every year, we recognize outstanding intergenerational programs through the Program of Distinction designation. This designation, developed and launched in 2010 with support from the New York Life Foundation, serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program. The deadline to apply is May 1 . Contact Emily Duda  with any questions.  Learn more   ( Read how the designation helped past designees .)
Breaking News
AARP's New Membership Recruitment!
AARP  reduces qualification age. Announces they'll start issuing memberships w/ birth certificates. Happy April Fool's Day!
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.
This Just In
Generations United and NASA!
Generations United and  NASA launch the best intergenerational intergalactic programs. Long-term strategic plan to be measured in light years. Happy April Fool's Day!
Culture United

Life in Stills

Thank you, Janice Lubin Kirschner, for this week's suggestion! Tamar Tal's poignant, prize-winning documentary tells the story of 96-year-old Miriam, the remarkable widow of Czech-born, Israeli photographer Rudi Weissenstein, as she and her grandson, Ben, defend their family's Tel Aviv photo studio from demolition. An official photographer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, Weissenstein documented the country's political and daily life until his passing in 1992. He opened the Pri-Or studio in 1940. Though stuffed with his prints and over a million negatives of his work, the city wants to tear it down to make way for a high-rise development. Grandmother and grandson cope not only with relocation, but also with the acutely painful circumstances surrounding the death of his parents. As they interact in ways by turns blunt and comic, the movie becomes a love story spanning three generations. It also offers a visual ode to Weissenstein, with moving montages of his stunning black and white photographs-including vivid portraits of a young and acrobatic Miriam.


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.

Breaking News
One Giant Step for LeadingAge!
In his final act as CEO and President, Larry Minnix announces 
LeadingAge 's  headquarters relocating to the moon. Happy April Fool's Day!
Pinebelt Association for Families - Cool Ideas
This week's cool idea is the Pinebelt Association for Families, a kinship care program that works with 75 families in southern Mississippi's four counties.  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 Pinebelt Association for Families

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. 

Funding Opportunities

Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. The National Storytelling Network supports applied storytelling projects that aim to increase understanding of the ways storytelling can promote change individuals and communities. Funding is intended to support innovative, service oriented projects that are based in a community or organization  and are somewhat replicable. Membership to the National Storytelling Network required. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Learn more


 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


National Public Health Week (April 6-12) Website    
This resource by the American Public Health Association (APHA) not only celebrates public health, but it also highlights this year's theme: Healthiest Nation 2030. APHA's toolkit includes info on events taking places across the country as well as tips and materials to easily create and promote events. 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!

Creative Age: Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. May 18-21, 2015. Learn more


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 


2015 Joint International Conference: Global Communities Coming Together. Aged and Community Services Australia and IAHSA. Perth, Australia. August 31 - September 4, 2015. Learn more


"My grandchild has taught me what true love means.  It means watching Scooby-Doo cartoons while the basketball game is on another channel." ~Gene Perret


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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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