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Nebraska Grandstanding for Youth
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 Volume 9, Issue 3
January 22, 2014
Young and Old Working Together to Achieve Dr. King's Dream 
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." Donna Butts not only honors King's legacy but shows the dignity and importance of young and old uplifting humanity together. "They are finding," according to Butts, "that collaboration leads to something broader, deeper and more far-reaching than one generation alone could create." Read more 
Recap of Young Adult Convening in D.C.!

Rage Against The Machine's front man, Zack de la Rocha, once noted his amazement at young people's ability to " deeply about justice, and...have open minds." This past weekend, he would've been proud to see a roomful of 35 youth  talk about breaking the generational gap in their communities during Saturday morning's circle discussion. These Jumpstart Grantees and Super Fellows have been recognized by Generations United and Mentor Up, a new way to make a difference from AARP Foundation, for developing and leading creative age-amped (intergenerational) programs to address the needs of vulnerable adults aged 50 and over. This weekend, they captured older adults' life stories and engaged in a stone soup exercise. They also got some inspiring words from Aaron Smith, co-founder of the Young Invincibles. Scroll through our Twitter account and Facebook page for additional photos and highlights.

A Huge Thanks to Our Supporters
We did it! Generations United is grateful to all of our contributors, whose donations helped us meet our 2013 challenge grant of $75,000. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. Remember, it's never too early to support us in 2014. You can donate as a Tribute Gift in honor or memory of someone. Click & help us make 2014 even better.

Nebraskan Grandstanding for the State's Young People 

First Lady Sally Ganem will offer welcome remarks followed by presentations from national and local experts in a webinar scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The virtual discussion will revolve around ways grandparents can use their wealth of wisdom and knowledge to help the up and coming generation of young Nebraskans. Other presenters include Generations United's Jaia Peterson Lent; ZERO TO THREE's Rebecca Parlakian; Diane Rolfsmeyer, of the Nebraska Early Childhood Network; and Crete Schools Superintendent Kyle McGowen. RSVP by emailing Diane Rolfsmeyer or calling her at 402-435-7211. On Feb 1., connect to the webinar here. Prior to the webinar, please make sure your computer connects to the "UNL Extension Interview Room" (test now). If you have problems, contact Betty Castan. Learn more     

Road Scholar Helps Grandma and Grandson Bond Better 

It was while listening to the radio that Linda Sonier stumbled upon a way to bond better with her second-born grandchild, Alex. Through the Road Scholar Intergenerational Programs, the Houston Chronicle reports,  the two got to know each other better and share their enthusiasm for special places while experiencing the spirit of Road Scholar: "sharing new ideas, challenges, and experiences is rewarding in every season of life." Read more

Taiwan Intergenerational Study Tour - 2014

A few years ago, a good friend, who's a professor at a Maryland university, benefited from a teaching exchange initiative that took him and several other educators to China. On that trip, he shared his experiences with international practitioners and compared education trends with scholars in his field. He immersed himself in a rich new environment that taught him a great deal about his profession-and himself. Well, Pennsylvania State University, in partnership with National Taichung University of Education and Travel & Learn LLC, are offering a similar opportunity for intergenerational program facilitators and managers to travel to Taiwan. This intergenerational study tour, from March 7 to 11, will include visits to 10 exemplary program that their roots in the areas of lifelong learning, eldercare, early childhood education, environmental education, theatre arts, and historical and cultural preservation. Learn more 

Funding Opportunities

Art Works Grant. Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. The National Endowment for the Arts is offering between $10,000 and $100,000 for innovative art that engages the full range of demographics of their communities, as well as individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. Deadline:Rolling. Learn more 


Internship. The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is recruiting for their summer internship programs.  Qualified upper division undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates looking to explore their next career choices, will have access to an unmatched internship experience. Deadline: March 1, 2014. Learn more
Great Resources
If you have reports on issues that help young and old, please send them to Alan King at 


Intergenerational Programming and Grant Opportunities in Your Town! Bridges Together. Thurs., Jan. 23, 11:30-12:30pm; Fri., Jan. 24, 1:30-2:30pm; and Mon., Jan. 27, 10-11am. Learn more  

26th Annual Policy Research Conference: "Strengthening the Web of Financial and Retirement Security for Today's Working Americans."  National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Washington, DC. Jan. 29-30, 2014.
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7th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging. The Institute for the Ages. Sarasota, FL. Feb. 9-12. Learn more

2014 National Bullying Conference. School Safety Advocacy Council.  

Orlando, Fla. Feb. 26-28, 2014. Learn more     

2014 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference.
Food Research and Action Center. Washington, DC. March 2-4, 2014. Learn more

PEAK Leadership Summit. LeadingAge. Washington, DC. March 17-19 Learn more


9th GLOBAL YOUTH JUSTICE Training: Enhance, Expand, and Learn. Global Youth Justice. Cape Cod, MA. June 17-19, 2014. Learn more      


"A country that does not take care of its children and old people is a country without soul." ~Unknown

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