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 Volume 10, Issue 7
February 18, 2015
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Congratulations to our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities!

Last week, we presented three communities Carlisle, MA; Greater Richmond Region, VA; and Greater Plymouth Area, WI with the 2015 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award! Learn more about these communities and impact reported by past winners | Download our new toolkit, Creating An Age-Advantaged Community. Today, 8.4 million Americans live in age-friendly communities that promote policies, programs, practices and services that increase cooperation, interaction and exchange between people of different generations. What will you do to help your community qualify next year? Read our highlights.

The Kinship Parenting Toolbox
The Kinship Parenting Toolbox, to which our Ana Beltran was a contributor, offers kinship parents a useful tool and guide in their journey parenting the second time around. Containing articles from more than 70 contributors touched in a variety of ways by kinship care, including grandparents raising grandchildren, children raised by other relatives or family friends, social workers, therapists, kinship support organizations and others, The Kinship Parenting Toolbox provides a wide range of view-points on various topics. Learn more
Reframing Human Services Network
While the National Human Assembly and FrameWork put the final touches on the new frame for human services (coming this Summer!), they are calling on human services colleagues to get involved. The National Assembly is FrameWork's lead partner on their latest innovation, FrameWorks Academy. This digital platform offers content-rich, multimedia courses in the strategic reframing of social issues. National Human Services Assembly members enjoy a greatly reduced price in subscribing to this new online learning platform. Learn more

This Year's Conference Explores the role of Ohana

Ohana is Hawai'ian for family. The term includes blood-related as well as adoptive or intentional family. Marcus Mariota, 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, acknowledged his Ohana during his acceptance speech. "In Hawaii, if one person is successful, the entire state is successful," he said. "To be a part of that, it's so special." Join us for Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, as explore the Ohana's role through  pre-conference/site visits, inspiring keynotes, motivating educational sessions,culture-based and environmental action projects and more. Register today! While you're on our site, nominate an outstanding individual or best practice for our awards.

Introducing...Together Transforming the Experience of Aging!

In our final installment, we introduce Together Transforming the Experience of Aging (Oberlin, OH), a 2015 Programs of Distinction re-designee. Together Transforming the Experience of Aging is a commitment by Kendal at Oberlin retirement community to reach out to multiple generations. Kendal residents provide mentoring to those in need, participate in lifelong passions for teaching, serve as surrogate grandparents, participate in an onsite Early Learning Center, and positively affect the lives of students from nine educational institutions. Learn more about Together Transforming the Experience of Aging.

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.
Culture United

Humans of New York

In the summer of 2010, photographer 

Brandon Stanton set out to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Stanton, armed with his camera, crisscrossed the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers of all ages and their stories. These efforts resulted in Humans of New York, the book inspired by the blog of the same name, which features photos alongside quotes and anecdotes.  With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York. Learn more

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.

New Life Village - Cool Ideas
In the latest of series, we feature New Life Village, based in Tampa FL.
Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You can also post them to our Intergenerational 
Connections Facebook Group or just text us through the Facebook 
Messenger app (friend me to join our 
Cool Ideas group discussion). 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 New Life Village
Funding Opportunities
Art Works Grant. The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants 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, 2015. 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


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!

An Intergenerational Community Built on an Innovative Funding Model and Partnerships: Visit to Bridge Meadows. Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Portland, OR. March 18 - 19, 2015. Learn more


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


Ready by 21 National Meeting. The Forum for Youth Investment. New Orleans, LA. March 31 - April 2, 2015. Learn more 


More Powerful Together: The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 8-11, 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

"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 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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