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 Volume 10, Issue 21
May 27, 2015
Dr. Sharon McDaniel

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale

New Speaker and Reminder: Early Registration Deadline is Sunday!

Register by May 31 and save $100! We're thrilled to add Dr. Sharon McDaniel to our stellar lineup of TED-style keynote presentersDr. McDaniel is founder, president and CEO of A Second Chance. She is also a nationally-known expert on kinship care and author of On My Way Home: A Memoir of Kinship, Grace and HopeTake advantage of our pre-conference events and intergenerational action projects as well as various poster and roundtable sessions. See the full conference schedule to learn more about other exciting conference events, which includes an opening reception, 5pm on Weds., July 22, at the Ala Moana Hotel-Honolulu. Register today! 

Nominations for the 2015 Grantmakers In Aging Diversity Award are Now Open

Know a national, regional or local individual, program or organizations that embrace diversity in all levels of their work in aging? Then Grantmakers In Aging invites you to submit a nomination for their Diversity Award, whose winners will be recognized at the 2015 GIA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, Oct. 28-30. Nomination deadline: July 10, 2015. Learn more

Generations United Shout-Out
In his new  Huffington Post blog, " Every Kid Needs a Family," the Annie E. Casey Foundation's President and CEO Patrick McCarthy highlights the findings in the Foundation's new report and makes the case for kinship placement over group placement. " The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 codified our country's belief that children in the child welfare system should grow up in families," Patrick writes. "To preserve the well-being of children who enter the system, out-of-home placements must be in the "least restrictive setting" possible -- the setting most like a family.  Read the blog
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Maureen Statland for her contribution .   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.

KinFirst: Making Relatives a First Choice for Children

Join Advocates for Families Firsta collaboration of the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA), and Generations United - for a webinar on Thurs., June 4, 1pm to 2:15pm EDT. This webinar will highlight the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency's innovative model of identifying, prioritizing, and supporting kinship families for children who come to the attention of the child welfare system. Learn more

Culture United

Parental Guidance

Minor-league baseball announcer Artie Decker (Billy Crystal) and his wife, Diane (Bette Midler), get to see their only child, Alice (Marisa Tomei), very seldom. To their surprise, Alice and her husband (Tom Everett Scott) ask them to watch their children so they can embark on a trip for work. It promises to be a fun time for all, until the three young ones turn out to be quite a handful for this old-fashioned couple. Artie and Diane may need to bend the rules to make everyone happy in the end.


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.

Cool Ideas
The Next Chapter
This week's cool idea is The Next Chapter, which enables high school youth to connect with and learn from Holocaust survivors. 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 Next Chapter.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Let's Play Rigamajig Grants. KaBOOM! offers 175-200 grants to nonprofits and municipalites that want to help communities take bold steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more


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

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


Kinship Navigators: Profiles of Family Connections Projects from 2012 to 2015  

The Fostering Connection to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 extablished grants to fund kinship navigator programs. Kinship Navigators highlights the work of the seven kinship navigator Family Connection Grant projects, providing a closer view of the programs and services and the children and families that they serve. Learn more



Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Young Families: Two-Generation Policy Recommendations. The report identifies what needles need to be moved on federal, state, and local levels to help communities and families rebound from the recent economic downturn. Learn more




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!
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  
"For most of human history, there were extended families where the elderly lived in the same household as the babies. Many older people have the time and nurturing energy that kids crave-and vice versa." ~Daniel Goleman and the science behind intergenerational activity 

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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