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Featured Articles
World Humanitarian Day - Aug. 19
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy
New Intergenerational Directory
Child Trends' New Measurement of Youth
Got a Good Grandparent Story?
Explore the Updated Intergenerational Programs Map
Apply Now to be a Best Intergenerational Community
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
What Are You Doing for Grandparents Day - Sept. 7
Grands As Parents Inc. - Cool Intergenerational Ideas
Join Our Grandparents Day Social Media and Google Doodle Campaign
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 33
August 20, 2014
World Humanitarian Day - Aug. 19
Yesterday, despite the unrest in Ferguson, MO, we applauded the display of humanitarian spirit in the community. Generations United thanks the church leaders, who, in the days following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, teamed up and are now acting as neighborhood peacemakers. Read more

GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy

The editors and managing staff launched the first edition of GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, which includes a policy article from Ana Beltran, special advisor of Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies. In addition to articles, the journal features reviews on issues related to grandparents raising grandchildren. The editors welcome feedback. Check out the online journal.

New Intergenerational Programs Directory

San Diego County, California, became a 2012 Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Awards winner for good reason: its commitment to making life better for all generations. Check out the Health and Human Services Agency's Aging & Independence Services directory of the county's intergenerational efforts that includes a summary of each program along with its goals, objectives, outcomes, funding sources, and contact information. Learn more

Child Trends' New Measurement of Youth

Child Trends' recent Flourishing Children Project publication, Flourishing Children: Defining and Testing Indicators of Positive Development, describes the process used to develop adolescent age-appropriate research scales. Learn more

Got a Good Grandparent Story?    
We'd love to hear about a favorite moment with your grandparents. We'd also love to possibly share it on our Together Blog. Check out our submission requirements, then submit your piece for consideration.

Generations United's Intergenerational Programs Map

Our map went live last week! Check out the 500 programs featured - at least one in every state. You can search for a program near you or get some ideas. Should your program be on this map? Fill out this form and we will add it. If you're already on our map and see information that needs to be updated, contact Leah Bradley. View our map

Three Weeks Left Until our Informational Webinar on the Best Intergenerational Communities Award

Don't wait until the last minute. Sign up now for our webinar on Sept. 10, at 1pm ET, to get all your questions answered and learn more about the application process, award selection guidelines, ways in which this recognition helps your community and more. MetLife Foundation and Generations United are searching the nation for communities that place immense value on intergenerational connections and quality of life for all ages. No community's too big or too small. Register for the webinar, and contact Leah Bradley with questions. Apply for the award - deadline: Oct. 15, 2014.

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.

Grandparents Day is Less than 3 Weeks Away - What Are You Doing?

We want to highlight your creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter. Let us know what you're doing. If you haven't decided on an activity yet, then visit for resources, ideas and information. 
PHOTO: Courtesy of Grands As Parents Inc.
Grands As Parents Inc. - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part 13 of our series, we feature Grands As Parents, a Philadelphia-based collaborative effort addressing the needs of relative caregivers. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas.

You can also post them to our  
Intergenerational Connections  Facebook Group. Youth Jumpstart Grantees can share ideas here. Or just text us through the Facebook 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! DisclaimerSpotlighting ideas does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs. Share the inspirationLearn more about Grands As Parents Inc.
Join Our Grandparents Day Social Media and Google Doodle Campaign 
You can help us raise awareness and recognize the role that older Americans, whether grandparents or not, play in the lives of children and youth. Check out our social media toolkit for scheduled days to share sample tweets, Facebook posts and newsletter items through your networks. Help us get Grandparents Day 2014 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them, check out our Google Doodle Campaign page. There's even suggested language.
Funding Opportunities

Family Volunteer Day Grants. GenerationOn, with generous support from Disney Friends for Change, is giving out $1,000 grants and event day service kits to affiliates or nonprofit organizations around the country. Deadline: Sept. 4, 2014. Learn more

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


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

Great Resources


Stories From the Field 2014

Each summer, Zero to Three focuses a Journal issue on stories of professionals making a difference in the lives of children and families. Learn more


Under One Roof and Connecting Generations 

These resources are available for the shipping and handling price -
Under One Roof is $4.50 and Connecting Generations is $5.50. Order your copies today!

Job Listing
National Umbrella Nonprofit Seeking Applicants for Eight Positions
The Council for a Strong America has a list of interesting jobs currently available, ranging from senior organizing positions and a senior lobbying position in DC to a state office director in Texas and some entry level positions. Learn more

National Kinship Care Conference. Child Welfare League of America. New Orleans, LA. Sept. 17-19, 2014. Learn more


Imagine 2030: Mobilizing Our Communities Across Generations. Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. Honolulu, HI. Sept. 29-30, 2014. Learn more


ReDefining Age: Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Nashville, TN. Oct. 19-22, 2014. Learn more 


Global Youth Forum 2014. People to People International. Kansas City, MO. Nov. 5-9, 2014. Learn more 


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


More Powerful Together: The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 9-11, 2015. Learn more 


Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP) and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 

"It's one of nature's ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us" ~Igor Stravinsky

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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