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 Volume 10, Issue 12
March 25, 2015
Dr. Robert Putnam.

Aloha, Dr. Robert Putnam!

It's confirmed! Dr. Robert Putnam will be our closing conference keynote speaker at Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24! His new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, has been featured in the Wall Street JournalNew York Times and  

Washington Post. Register today for an opportunity to earn CEU credits while learning 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. While you're on our website, choose from a wide range of accommodations.

Irv Katz
The Next Chapter for NHSA's President and CEO Irv Katz 

Our longtime board member and strategic advisor, Irv Katz, is ending his tenure as president and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) and National Assembly Business Services (NABS) at the end of March. NHSA's board of directors commended Irv's 14 years of outstanding service to the organization and his impact on the human services sector. He will continue to work with the National Assembly on reframing-human-services work and will apply his experience and continued enthusiasm for human services and the nonprofit sector as a consultant. He and his wife also intend to see more of their kids and loved ones.


Gloria Johnson-Cusack has been selected as the next president and CEO of NHSA and NABS. Learn more Please join us in welcoming Gloria. We look forward to working with her in the future.

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Meet Our Seniors4Kids Honorary National Co-Chairs
If you're just learning about our national initiative, Seniors4Kids, here's an introduction to our honorary national co-chairs, Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson and Dr. Joan Lombardi. As a writer, cultural anthropologist and scholar, Bateson is a legend encouraging older adults to advocate for the future.  For more than 40 years, Lombardi has made significant contributions as an international expert on child development and social policy. Learn more about Dr. Bateson | Learn more about Dr. Lombardi.

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. 

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Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
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. 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. The deadline to apply is May 1 . Contact Emily Duda  with any questions.  Learn more   ( Read how the designation helped past designees .)
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters.   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.
Culture United

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. Learn more


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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RSVP BABES - Cool Ideas
This week's cool idea is RSVP BABES, a Beloit, WI-based program that uses colorful puppets to encourage children to live happy, healthy lives free from abuse.  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 RSVP BABES
Funding Opportunities

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


Wish You Well Foundation. 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


National Public Health Week (April 6-12) Website    
This resource by the American Public Health Association (APHA) not only celebrates public health, but it also highlights this year's theme: Healthiest Nation 2030. APHA's toolkit includes info on events taking places across the country as well as tips and materials to easily create and promote events. Learn more

The 40th Issue of the International Federation for Family Development Papers
This resource sums up the United Nations' 2015 IFFD Briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, where our UN delegate Kristin Bodiford was a presenter. This issue includes one of the speeches, "Family as a School of Equality," delivered at the briefing. 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!

More Powerful Together: The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 8-11, 2015. Learn more 


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


"Let us take care of the children, because they have a long way to go. Let us take care of the elders, because they have come a long way. Let us take care of those in between, because they are doing the work." ~Nelson Mandela


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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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