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 Volume 9, Issue 6
February 12, 2014

Generations United in National Journal

In her National Journal op-ed, Donna Butts praised Coca-Cola and Cheerios for nailing our country's changing demographics in their Super Bowl ads. She also hinted at policies that can ease student debt and help seniors. "America, are you open?" she asked. To the negative Twitter responses, Donna wrote: "Wake up and smell the demographics." Read the full article 

Registration's Now Open for 2014 Best Intergenerational Communities Event!

Join us on March 25 at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as we honor the communities that are best at serving and engaging all generations: The Greater Phoenix Region, Arizona; City of Parkland, Florida; Reston, Virginia and Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin. Learn about innovative programs and practices occurring in these communities to intentionally bring multiple generations together to thrive. Register today!
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Introducing...Reston, VA!

We announced our winners last week. Now, it's time to introduce them. Starting today, this four-part series will continue through the weeks leading up to our awards event on March 25. First up is Reston, VA. Intent on being age-intentional, there are no senior centers in this community. Instead, senior programming's blended with those of children and youth at the Reston Community Center. "Many evenings and most weekends there are classes, activities, festivals and entertainment for young and old alike," wrote Delegate Kenneth Plum (D-Reston), a long-time resident. He and his wife, Jane, raised four children in that community. "As we contemplate retirement, we have decided that we will stay in Reston. Just as there were so many opportunities for us as a family, there are endless prospects for us as we grow older." Stay tuned for next week, when we introduce City of Parkland, FL

A Huge Thanks to Our Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. 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.
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 

Family Connection Grants Alert 

With the Adoption Incentive Program and the Family Connections Grants expired in October. Generations United invites supporters to call their U.S. Senator and Representatives to get the ball rolling to extend those programs. "The delay," according to the ALERT, "has already caused us to lose funding that was found for the Family Connections Grants to be extended." Learn more

Funding Opportunities

Art Works Grant. Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. 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 


Youth Grant. Katie's Krops is hosting a grant cycle for youth, ages 9 to 16, to win a grant to start a Katie's Krops vegetable garden in their community, where the whole harvest is donated to people in need. Grantees are awarded a gift card for $400 to a garden center of their choice in their area, have support from Katie's Krops, and are given a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014. Learn more
Great Resources
If you have reports on issues that help young and old, please send them to Alan King at

Global Trend Report on Multi-Generational Learning

According to Impact International's new report, knowledge share flows both ways in the workforce. For example, young talent can share their expertise in areas such as technology and social media, while older participants offer up their experience and understanding of the company's history, culture and values. Learn more


Where is the Land of Opportunity?: The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the U.S. 

The Equality of Opportunity Project released a study that found that areas with greater mobility had five characteristics among which were less income inequality, greater social capital, and more stable families. The report also found that, contrary to popular perception, economic mobility hasn't changed significantly over time. 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    


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


25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference´┐Ż. MONUMENTAL. Washington D.C., April 9-12, 2014. Learn more 


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

"Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members." ~Pearl S. Buck 

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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