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Generations United Honors Board Member
Generations United Shout Out
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Generations United in Kansas!
Wes Moore & The Power of Stories
Kinship Care and Military
Become a Generations United Senior Fellow
Request for Multigenerational Family in Boston
Start Planning for Grandparents Day
Social Security's "Faces and Facts of Disability"
Happy Birthday, Rachel Carson
Cool Intergenerational Ideas
Special Discount on Gene Steurle's New Book
Publications for Sale
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 21
May 28, 2014

Generations United Honors Board Member

We honored our out-going Board Chair & long-time friend Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge, at last week's board meeting. We're grateful Larry will continue to serve on the Board, sharing his rich wisdom and wit. Thanks, Larry! Click here to see Larry receive his gift 

Generations United Shout Out
We're grateful to the National Human Services Assembly for promoting our new signature report, Intergenerational Family Connections: The Relationships that Support a Strong America, while launching their new newsletter, Human Services. To sign up for this great resource, click here
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United welcomes our renewing member, Under One Roof, Inc. We also thank Jean Schulze; Julie Tippens, who gave in honor of Bill Libro and his longstanding support for Generations United and for his family and friends; Helene Block Fields, who gave in honor of Donna Butts; and Tova Brinn - who gave in honor of Joel Robert Broder, Murray Brinn, Florence Stofsky, George Stofsky, Sydelle Brinn, Amy Stofsky, Arron J. Broder,  Alice Broder, Sarah Brodsky. "Rest in Peace, Bubbie. Love you eternally." Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can donate as a Tribute Gift in honor or memory of someone. Click & help us make 2014 even better.

Generations United in Kansas!

In Lawrence, Kansas, next Friday? Then join Donna Butts at the Boomer Futures Think Tank on June 6, when she presents on "Intergenerational Communities: Unleashing the Potential of All Ages." All Think Tanks are free and open to the public. They are held from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. in 210 Snow Hall on the University of Kansas campus. Learn more

Wes Moore and The Power of Stories and the 2-Gen Approach

Join our long-time friend, Wes Moore, next Monday (June 2) at 12pm EDT for a webinar on the narratives that matter. In addition to being an Ascend Fellow and master storyteller, Wes is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller The Other Wes Moore in which we are listed as a resource. Register today!

Kinship Care and Military: When Family Members Serve Too!

Join the  Children Welfare League of America on Thurs., June  26, at 3pm EDT for a webinar that focuses on the critical issues faced by military families. When the need for care occurs, both the person being deployed, and the caregiver, end up "on duty." Participants will be given useful intervention strategies on how to work with the veteran, the kinship caregiver and child to assure the safety and well-being of all. Learn more 

Become a Generations United Senior Fellow

Are you a senior professional in the Washington 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

Request for Multigenerational Family in Boston

A reporter with a national publication is seeking a multigenerational family in the Boston area for a positive story about multigenerational living. If you know of any such family and could pass along their name and contact information to Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King, so we can share them with the reporter, she would be very grateful. 

Start Planning Now for Grandparents Day, Sept. 7    
Grandparents day is coming up. Are you going to Do Something Grand? Let us know, so we can highlight creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the holiday.  

Social Security's "Faces and Facts of Disability"

The Social Security Administration recently launched "The Faces and Facts of Disability" to educate the public about the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and dispel common misconceptions. The Administration is asking individuals and organizations to donate one social media post to share the SSDI messaging through Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr accounts. Learn more

This winning photo is by photography team - Mira, 15, and David, 49.
Happy Birthday, Rachel Carson! 
Yesterday was Rachel Carson's birthday. The late marine biologist and conservationist helped advance the global environmental movement with her book, Silent Spring. In observation of her life, we're highlighting recent winners of the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest, a partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency, Generations United and others. Learn more about the winners. 

Join Generations United and Seabury at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

There's still time to get your tickets for the Seabury Resources for Aging's 90th anniversary dinner on June 1. Donna's among the honorees for that evening. According to Seabury, Donna will be honored with their 2014 Leadership in Aging Award for our organization's "work as a champion of the development and expansion of policies and programs bringing children, youth and older adults together." Register today!

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Speaking Exchange - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part five, we feature the Speaking Exchange, an online program that connects Brazilian teens learning English with the residents of Chicago's Windsor Park Retirement Community. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas, post them to our Facebook Group, Intergenerational Connections (if you're a Youth Jumpstart Grantee, share your ideas in that Facebook group) or text us through Facebook's Messenger app (friend 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. Learn more about the Speaking Exchange

Special Discount on Gene's New Book

Last week, we highlighted Gene Steurle's latest book, Dead Men Ruling, what Nobel Prize Laureate James J. Heckman called, "a vital concern to those of us who study the gains possible by investing early and well in children." Gene's book is available at a special discount to friends of Generations United. Click here and use discount code: KCD4. Additional discounts are available for bulk purchases.

Publications for Sale

Under One Roof and Connecting Generations are available for the shipping and handling price. At $3.50, Under One Roof is an invaluable guide on starting and strengthening intergenerational shared site programs, where children/youth and older adults participate in ongoing services and/or programming concurrently at the same site. Connecting Generations, a user-friendly guide to creating meaningful intergenerational programs, is available for $4.50. Order your copies today!

Funding Opportunities
Safeway Foundation Grants. The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofits providing services in four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. Deadlines: quarterly and biannual. Learn more


Youth Grants. YSA's State Farm Student Achievement Program is offering grants of up to $4,000 to K-12 public school teachers in the United States and select Canadian provinces that implement an extended service and learning program in their classroom, school, or school district. Deadline: June 6, 2014. Learn more


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

Great Resources

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Young Families: Two-Generation Strategies for Working with Disconnected Young Parents & Their Children

Over 1.4 million youth ages 15-24 are out-of-school and out-of-work (OSOW) and are raising dependent children, according to the National Human Service Assembly's new report. The study states, "Two-generation approaches are a leading strategy to create the conditions for young families to move out of poverty." Learn more

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


Enhancing Support and Advocacy for Children in Kinship, Foster, and Adoptive Families. Advocates for Families First. Thurs., May 29, 1pm eastern (12pm central, 11am mountain and 10am pacific). Learn more


Advocates for Families First Policy Agenda. Advocates for Families First. Weds., June 25, 1pm eastern (12pm central, 11am mountain and 10am pacific). Learn more 

The Creative Age: NCCA National Leadership Exchange and Conference. Creative Aging. Washington, DC. June 10-14, 2014. Learn more 

GenUp East Coast Leadership Training. Generation Waking Up. Washington, DC. June 11-15, 2014. Learn more

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

In the News                
With the summer upon us, Fox News has a list of multigenerational travel ideas. Read "Taking the Kids - 6 ideas to jumpstart a multigenerational summer trip."

The CDA Press published a story by the Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families on relatives and family friends stepping up to raise children whose parents can no longer care for them. Read "Relative parents are heroes." 

"Today, people are so disconnected that they feel they are blades of grass, but when they know who their grandparents and great-grandparents were, they become trees, they have roots, they can no longer be mowed down.~Maya Angelou

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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