GU Logo  
 GTW Header

News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults  

from Generations United

Featured Articles
New Board Chair & Officers
State of the Union
Grandfamilies Resources
Article Headline
Our Thanks
Webinar for Nebraska's Grandparents
2014 Program of Distinction
New Book from Generations United's Partner and Friend
Alan Hatton-Yeo Retires
Request for Multigenerational Families
Medicaid Expansion
Tax Dos and Don'ts
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
Stay Connected

Join Our Mailing List!
 Volume 9, Issue 4
January 29, 2014
Generations United Welcomes New Board Chair and Officers
l-r: Matthew Melmed and Walter Jones
Congratulations to Matthew Melmed (Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE), our new Board chair, and to our new officers: Vice Chair Walter Jones (President, Consumer and Mass Business' New York South/East region, Verizon) and Secretary Marla Viorst (Independent Communications Consultant). Paul Thornell (Managing Director, Federal Government Affairs, Citigroup) returns as Treasurer. We're also happy to welcome our new Board member Francine Salamone (Vice President, Corporate Affiars, Pfizer). Read more
Thank you, Mr. President!  

In last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed legislation that affects all Americans such as expanding access to high-quality preschool, enriching K-12 education, and bringing the long-unemployed back to work.


We applaud the President for his emphasis on Earned Income Tax Credit and  encouraging civic engagement. There were many quotable lines from the President's address, but we were particularly struck by this: "The America we want for our kids - a rising America where honest work is plentiful and communities are strong; where prosperity is widely shared and opportunity for all lets us go as far as our dreams and toil will take us - none of it is easy. But if we work together; if we summon what is best in us, with our feet planted firmly in today but our eyes cast towards tomorrow - I know it's within our reach." Read our response

Grandfamilies Educational and Medical Consent Brief and Summary

About 2.7 million children in the United States are being raised by kinship caregivers - grandparents, other extended family members, and close family friends. Without the support of the foster care system or a legal relationship that is formalized by the courts, these caregivers face enormous challenges enrolling children in school, advocating for educational services or consenting to health care. Download the brief and summary.

Forecast: Grant Opportunity for Implementation Toolkit for Kinship Navigator Programs 

The Administration on Children and Families has released a forecast about a funding opportunities for developing a Toolkit for Kinship Navigator Programs. The full grant opportunity announcement is expected April 14th, 2014. Grants are expected to be due on June 16th, 2014. Learn more   
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.
Nebraskans 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 Grandparent Network; and Crete Schools Superintendent Kyle McGowan. 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
Become a 2014 Program of Distinction
What better way to kick-off the new year than achieving recognition for your incredible work? 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. The deadline to apply is May 1, but we are happy to accept your application immediately. Contact Leah Bradley with any questions. Learn more 

Generations United's Partner and Friend Authors a Book on the Truth About Kinship Care

The story of Sharon McDaniel, CEO of A Second Chance Inc., is one about the importance of extending kinship status beyond blood relatives and those by marriage to fictive kin ties that are essential to family preservation. "I believe that Kinship Care is the most personal response that child welfare can use to provide for a family," according to Dr. McDaniel. "It embraces the notion that family is important. It gives us our identity and our culture; in other words, kin grounds us." Learn more  

Alan Hatton-Yeo Retires, Steve Robinson Succeeds him as Foundation's CEO

After 16 years as CEO of the Beth Johnson Foundation in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Alan Hatton-Yeo retired last week. We at Generations United are grateful for the opportunity to have worked along-side Alan for many years and are thrilled that Alan will continue important intergenerational work in his retirement. We also want to join the Beth Johnson Foundation in welcoming Steve Robinson as their new CEO.

Request for Multigenerational Families

A reporter is seeking multi-generational families to interview/survey for potential story in an established national magazine. Potential candidate is a non-traditional family that is struggling economically and is willing to speak briefly on-record about the situation. In return, a financial adviser will assist them. If you know of any such families and could pass along their names and contact information to Generations United's Communication Specialist Alan King, so we can share them with the reporter, she would be very grateful.

Twenty-two States, Including D.C., Agree to Medicaid Expansion

An huge incentive to expanding Medicaid eligibility is that 100 percent of Medicaid expenses of the expansion population is covered by the federal government, reports Stateline's, the daily news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The government will continue paying that cost through the end of 2016. After that, the federal match will eventually taper to 90 percent. Arkansas and Iowa governors are not consenting to the expansion until the federal government allows changes in their Medicaid programs. Read more

Social Security Administration's Tax Tips

With tax season upon us, the Social Security Administration has a list of tax dos and don'ts. Get answers to frequently asked questions ranging from taxable social security benefits and name change requirements to filing employees' W-2s and additional tips for those filing their taxes. 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

State of America's Children 2014

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) released a new report that shows for the first time the majority of children in America under two are now children of color. It also provides a 50-year snapshot of changes in child well-being since the War on Poverty was launched. Learn more 



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   


Performance Management in Place-Based Initiatives: Experiences of a Choice and Promise Neighborhood. Social Solutions. Thurs., Feb. 27, 3-4:30pm EST. Learn more   


Funding in Arts, Aging, and Health Webinar Series. National Center for Creative Aging. Wednesdays - 1-2pm EST - on Feb. 19, March 19 and April 2. 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.
Learn more

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      


"The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known." ~Pete Seeger

Your Feedback Invited! 

We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports and webinars. Local events can be shared in our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! My email is I'd love to hear from you!




Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


Grand Magazine Cover Grand Magazine Cover

Treat Yourself GRAND!  


As a reader of Generations This Week, you can receive a complimentary subscription to GRAND, the online magazine by grandparents, for grandparents. That's a $19.95 value for 12 issues.


Apply for your subscription and get valuable offers, inspirational stories, and more. Each new, bimonthly issue will be delivered right to your inbox!