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 Volume 10, Issue 14
April 8, 2015

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale

Our Conference is Three Months Away!

Register today for our conference to learn about innovative intergenerational practices from around the world. Connect with practitioners from over 10 countries and share ideas and resources that will impact your work and your community. The conference kicks off with an opening reception, 5pm on Weds., July 22, at the Ala Moana Hotel-Honolulu. Learn more

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April is National Poetry Month! 
  • Write Poetry for National Poetry Month! LeadingAge is encouraging all members to get their residents and staff involved in creative writing. Learn more 
  • Sign up for the 2015 Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. This year's theme, "A Sense of the Wild," calls for an intergenerational team effort reflecting a favorable viewpoint on nature as well as a specific focus on a plant, animal, or an ecological community. Learn more and read the 2014 winning poems
Foundation Seeks New Evidence2Success Communities
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals to begin the process of selecting up to three new communities to participate in Evidence2Success, a framework for helping public system leaders and community residents work together to improve child well-being. An information webinar on the selection process has been scheduled for Thurs., April 16, at 1pm EDTRegister for informational webinar and download the RFP.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our renewing member, Neighbors Growing Together - Virginia Tech.   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.
Short Story Contest 

Intergeneration Month is now accepting submission for the Intergeneration Short Storytelling Contest 2015. At least 20-plus cash prizes will be awarded with certificates, and the winning stories will be published on the Intergeneration Month. Additional cash prizes will also be awared. Please visit their website for additional details, then submit your story in an email attachment.

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Child Trends' New Infographic
Child Trends produced  a new infographic based on recommendations from their  report, Are the Children Well?, which  they released last summer. The report presented the mental health challenges America's youth face. The report also argues that the distinction between mental and physical health is artificial and harmful. For more information on the infographic, read their report
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The Deadline is Less than a Month Away!
Become a Program of Distinction
Every year, we recognize outstanding intergenerational programs through the Program of Distinction designation. This designation, developed and launched in 2010 with support from the New York Life Foundation, serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program. 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 . Contact Emily Duda  with any questions.  Learn more   ( Read how the designation helped past designees .)
Culture United

My Journey with Maya

Tavis Smiley and Maya Angelou met in 1986, when he was 21 and she was 58. For the next twenty-eight years, Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often of art, politics, history, music, religion, and race. In  My Journey with Maya , Smiley beautifully recounts a friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana.  Smiley stumbled into a relationship with her that shaped his future and affected the man he became. Like a mother to him, she was generous, challenging, and inspirational--as she was to so many. Here he shares his portrait of Angelou - a highly-complex individual who left an indelible imprint on American culture.


Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. Disclaimer: Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.

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The Senior Design Factory
This week's cool idea is the Senior Design Factory, based in Zurich, Switzerland. The company's centerpiece is the 'Atelier', or studio, where young designers work together with older adults who have craft skills.  T weet your cool intergenerational ideas to  #cooligideas .   You can also p ost them  to our  Intergenerational 
Connections  Facebook  Group . We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter!  Share the inspiration . Learn more about the Senior Design Factory

Spend Your Summer With Us!

Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for summer internships in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. See additional details and qualificationsIf you are passionate about building a better world for people of all ages, contact Emily Duda at or 202-777-0113. 

Funding Opportunities
James Irvine Foundation - Exploring Engagement Fund. The purpose of this program is to support arts organizations with innovative ideas and a readiness to take bold steps that will engage new and diverse populations. Proposed projects must represent an experiment intended to increase arts engagement in a new or deepened way. Projects can be brand new, or take a different approach with an existing project or practice. Deadline: December 28, 2015. Learn more

Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. The National Storytelling Network supports applied storytelling projects that aim to increase understanding of the ways storytelling can promote change individuals and communities. Funding is intended to support innovative, service oriented projects that are based in a community or organization  and are somewhat replicable. Membership to the National Storytelling Network required. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Learn more


Teens Teach Tech Grant. VolunteerNation is awarding several grants of $250 as part of their "Teens Teaching Tech," a workshop series designed to provide older adults with one-on-one support with new technology to help foster and cultivate intergenerational relationships. The applicant must be part of a school-based club or homeschool community organization in the U.S. Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Learn more


Family Literacy. Awards ranging from $200 to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations that support family literacy. The program focuses on fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs, breaking the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more

Generations United encourages you to submit intergenerational projects. If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources


Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!

Creative Age: Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. May 18-21, 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 


2015 Joint International Conference: Global Communities Coming Together. Aged and Community Services Australia and IAHSA. Perth, Australia. August 31 - September 4, 2015. Learn more


"Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life." ~Octavio Paz


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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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