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Generations United in Arizona
An 8-Year-Old's Journey to Capitol Hill
Shorewood on The Morning Blend
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2014 Program of Distinction
Requesting Families
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Financial Literacy Month
Staff Training Opportunity
Bridges Together
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the U.S.
Freedom Summer 50th Youth Congress
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 Volume 9, Issue 13
April 2, 2014
(l-r) Amy St. Peter, MAG; Mayor LeVault, Youngtown and Vice Chair of the MAG Regional Council; Marilee Dal Pra, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust; Keva Womble, Arizona Community Foundation; Donna Butts, Generations United; and Michelle Dionisio, Benevilla.

Generations United in Arizona

We're honored that Donna Butts was invited to deliver the keynote address at the Maricopa Association of Governments' (MAG's) "All Ages, One Region" conference in Arizona last week. Donna also re-presented the flag to MAG, which is part of a network that makes up the Greater Phoenix Region, one of our four "Best Intergenerational Communities" for 2014.

Generations United at a Local Symposium 
This Friday, catch Donna Butts speaking in Washington, D.C., at Child Care Aware´┐Ż of America's 2014 Symposium, a three-day event, where child care and early education professionals from across the nation will gather and focus on how to engage policymakers on critical child care issues, leverage cutting-edge research and strategies that will promote quality child care, and discuss the future of child care and early learning in their communities and across the nation. The session wherein Donna will be speaking is "What About the Grandparents? Engaging Older Adults as Resources to Children".  
Ashley Gurney (left) with Bob Simon (centered) and her brother, Asa

An 8-Year-Old's Adventure to Capitol Hill

Last week, we gave our recap of the Best Intergenerational Communities event. But I think Ashley Gurney - of Reston, Virginia, one of the four communities we honored on March 25 - tells it better. The 8-year-old was among those cheering when Bob Simon, who turns 100 next Thursday, accepted the award and spoke on behalf of the community he founded in 1964. Read the gifted 8-year-old's perspective of the day - from her wake up and "long ride to the city" to her arrival and more. Read her piece on our blog

(l-r): Shorewood residents Pat Rauch, a grandmother; high school student Arundhati Pillai; and Julie Thauer, a mother.
Generations United's Award-winning Community on The Morning Blend
One of our Best Intergenerational Communities, Village of Shorewood, WI, was featured on The Morning Blend as a result of our award. Shorewood's residents Pat Rauch, Arundhati Pillai and Julie Thauer explained to Molly Fay and Tiffany Ogle what makes their community one of the most popular and livable places for all ages. Watch the video
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United welcomes our renewing member, Worcester State University. 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.

What is a Program of Distinction Designation and Why is it so Important? 

You've seen this request for application. But if you're still wondering if it's worth applying, here's the history on our designation and why it's so important. Now, if you're part of - or run - an intergenerational program doing incredible work and want to get the national recognition it deserves, then we want to recognize you and include you among this elite group that's effectively connecting generations. The deadline to apply is May 1, but we are happy to accept your application immediately. Contact Leah Bradley with any questions. Learn more
Requesting Families
We are seeking families to profile for two sidebars for our signature report, 2014 Families in Society, that celebrates strong families. We'll release our report in partnership with the Alliance for Children and Families in time to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (2014) at an event on May 13 at the National Press Club. The first family we're hoping to identify is a close-knit, multigenerational Hispanic/Latino family; the other is an extended family with three or more generations living who use technology to stay connected and support each other. Potential candidates may be invited to share their stories at the event. If you know of any such family and could pass along their names and contact information to Generations United's Communication Specialist Alan King, we would be very grateful.

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!

April is Financial Literacy Month 

We want to hear from you about the intergenerational financial literacy programs with which you are involved.  Share with us. If you have been considering developing a program, there are many resources available, including Enhancing Your Retirement: Helping Ensure the Financial Success of Youth.  

Helping Staff to Look, Listen, and Learn from Their Work: Relationship-Based and Reflective Practice 

ZERO TO THREE is offering a one-day workshop for program supervisors, directors, managers, and coordinators on creating relationships within which staff are supported to do their best thinking - helping them to do the same with families. The training includes activities to identify the characteristics of relationship-based workplaces and practical strategies for bringing them to life in your program. For more info, 
fill out their Center for Training Services form.

Bridges Together Wins Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Award!

We congratulate our member, Bridges Together, whose founder and executive director Andrea Fonte Weaver was recently recognized for her accomplishments by Wheelock College during Wheelock's Alumni Symposium on March 22. The award honors the work of a graduate alumna/us whose work improves the lives of children and families. Learn more

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the U.S. 
In her article for the April 2014 issue of Seniority, Esme Fuller-Thomson, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto, describes the hardships some grandparents face while raising their grandchildren. Fuller-Thomson also highlights the benefits of grandparents, who, she wrote, "provide the first line of defense for U.S. children whose parents cannot care for them." Learn more

Freedom Summer 50th Youth Congress!

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer in Mississippi, a series of events in 1964 that helped lead to victories in passing the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act, the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi are organizing a Youth Congress in the city of Jackson for a gathering on June 22-29. ACLU invites youth-serving organizations to facilitate strategy sessions and to bring their youth to participate (Proposals are due by April 18). Register.

Funding Opportunities

Capital Grants. Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is offering capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basisLearn more


The State Farm Student Achievement Program. State Farm is offering grants a $1,000 grant for a one-classroom Semester of Service, or up to $4,000 for school districts and/or groups of teachers implementing Semester of Service across multiple classrooms and/or schools. Deadline: June 6. Learn more 

Great Resources

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

Annie E. Casey Foundation's new KIDS COUNT policy report found that where a child's family is from and where they live profoundly affect that young person's life outcomes. This report attempts to hold decision makers accountable to ensure that all children are given every opportunity to thrive and succeed. Learn more

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


Major Trends in Active Aging: Are You Ready? International Council on Active Aging. Thurs, April 3, 1pm ET (noon CT and 10am PT).
Helping Children Manage Feelings and Behaviors. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Thurs., April 24, 8pm eastern (7pm central, 6pm mountain and 5pm pacific). Learn more 
2014 NFPA/FSFAPA National Education Conference. 
National Foster Parent Association. 
Orlando, FL. June 5-8, 2014. Learn more


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


40th Annual Conference. North American Council on Adoptable Children. 
Kansas City, MO. July 24-26, 2014.

Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families.
Child Welfare League of America. New Orleans, LA., Sept. 17-19, 2014. Learn more 

"If you go out in the countryside someplace and build a thousand residential units and have them cheap enough, you'll probably fill the place up. But that's not going to make a community. I think having facilities readily available for people of all kinds, from little kids to the elderly - that's the most important thing of all." ~Robert Simon, founder of Reston 

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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