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Call for Proposals is Now Available!
Thank you, President Obama!
Generations United in Hawaii!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Casey Family Programs Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards
n4a 2015 Call for Presentations Opening Soon: Prepare to Submit!
Challenging What it Means to be a "Qualified Job Applicant"
It's that Time Again! Help Us Spread the Word about the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards!
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, Florida - Cool Ideas
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 39
October 1, 2014
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Call for Proposals is Now Available - Deadline: Nov. 15!
Consider submitting a proposal for our upcoming conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. We are seeking proposals that will enhance the intergenerational field's capacity for developing programs and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen families, and build more cohesive and caring communities throughout the world. This premier event will convene an international audience of practitioners, advocates, caregivers, researchers, students, retirees, managers and administrators. Learn more
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Thank you, President Obama!

On Sept. 29, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980) into law. The new legislation includes key provisions that help Grandfamilies by empowering youth and caregiver voices, prioritizing relative care and promoting permanency. Learn more

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Generations United in Hawaii
This week, Donna Butts was at the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society's conference, Imagine 2030: Mobilizing our Communities Across Generations. She was a featured speaker, presenting on unleashing the potential of all generations in an age-intentional world. This year's conference centered on improving health, strengthening economies and enabling community. Check out this slide show of conference highlights.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks our Board members, Walter Jones and Marla Viorst. 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.

Casey Family Programs Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

Know a champion for children? You can nominate them for the Casey Excellence for Children Awards. There are two categories: Constituent Award and Leadership Award. Learn more

n4a 2015 Call for Presentations Opening Soon: Prepare to Submit!

n4a invites experts in the Aging Network to share their insights by submitting a proposal to present at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) 40th Annual Conference & Tradeshow. The Call for Presentations will open on Oct. 1 and close on Nov. 14, 2014. Learn more

Challenging What it Means to be a "Qualified Job Applicant"

Opportunity Nation joined the Grads of Life PSA Campaign that launched nationwide last week. The campaign is designed to drive employer demand for 5.8 million disconnected teens and young adults. Learn more, then share with employers to help them learn how to engage "opportunity youth" in their companies.

Deadline Two Weeks Away!
Best Intergenerational Communities Awards! - Deadline: Oct. 15
There's no place like home - especially if you live in a community that offers opportunities for every generation. Sound like your community? Then apply today to be considered for a 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Award sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Generations United. No community's too big or too small. Check out our Social Media Toolkit to help us spread the word with sample Facebook mentions, tweets, and newsletter articles. We've also included logos you can use if you wish. 
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, Florida - Cool Ideas

In part 19 of our series, we feature Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, Florida, which was established in 1994. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to

#cooligideasYou can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group or 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 inspiration.

Learn more about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County.

Funding Opportunities

National Grants Program. ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2015 round of its National Grants Program. Grants range from $50,000-$500,000. This year ArtPlace intends to support approximately 40 projects with roughly $10 million. Deadline: 3:59 PM EST on Nov. 3, 2014. Learn more


Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program. Whole Kids Foundation is providing $2,000 grants to schools and nonprofit organizations working at schools in the U.S. and Canada with new or existing garden projects at any stage of development - planning, construction, or operation, that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014. Learn more


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

Great Resources

Cradling Literacy: Building Teachers' Skills to Nurture Early Language and Literacy From Birth to Five (Training of Trainers)

This interactive training provides trainers a chance to deepen their understanding of early development and apply practical strategies for teaching others about early language and literacy. 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!

Embracing Diversity: Living & Working with Aging GLBT Communities. SAGE-LI, Hofstra and NYSIgN. Hempstead, NY. Oct. 16, 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 


47th Annual Senior Leadership Conference. Alliance for Children and Families. Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb. 21-24, 2015. 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), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


"Most of us when we have our children, we're still younger, we're still striving, we're still preoccupied with what's going to happen in our lives and I think a lot of people look back and say I did the best I could but...being a grandparent you just have that freedom, at least that's what I'm told, and I'm anxious to find out." ~Hillary Clinton

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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