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 Volume 10, Issue 20
May 20, 2015
Congrats to Generations United's 2015 Award Recipients
At our upcoming conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, Generations United will honor individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to the field. They will be recognized at our Awards Luncheon on Thurs., July 23, and other conference venues - learn more. Click here if you're a conference presenter.

Join us in congratulating:

Dr. Robert Putnam
Robert Putnam 

Jack Ossofsky Award for Lifetime Achievement in Support of Children, Youth and Older Adults

Media Award

Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research
Michelle Singletary | author and award-winning nationally-syndicated columnist for The Washington Post
Grandfamilies Award

Intergenerational Innovation Award

Leadership Award for Outstanding Support of Intergenerational Programs

Older Adult Volunteer Award

Youth Volunteer Award

Sandy Kraemer will be awarded a special Pioneer Award. 
Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases

Every Kid Needs a Family 

This new KIDS COUNT policy report highlights the importance of kinship care placements as key resources that should be explored first. The report found that one in seven children under the care of the child welfare system is placed in a group setting - even though for more than 40 percent of these children, there is no documented clinical or behavioral need that might warrant placing a child outside a family. Learn more 


In a statement following the release, Donna Butts made the case for kinship care over group placements. "Children raised in kinship care, or what are commonly referred to as grandfamilies," according to Donna, "fare better than those placed in the care of non-relatives." Read the full statement

Generations United Shout Outs!

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale

Register by May 31, 2015 and save $100! 

Register today! Don't miss Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's welcome address during the Opening Plenary on Thurs., July 23. Mayor Caldwell launched and has been a big supporter of Age-Friendly Honolulu initiatives. 


All conference registrants are invited to a special screening and intergenerational discussion of ALIVE INSIDE on Weds., July 22 after the opening reception/poster session. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Learn more about the film.  Check the conference website for additional details.

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.
AGHE's Call for Abstracts Is Now Open
Submit your abstract for presentation at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education's 42nd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place March 3-6, 2016 in Long Beach, California. The 2016 conference theme is, "Developing Educational Leadership in Gerontology Worldwide." Learn more
Culture United

The Butterfly

Legendary actor Michel Serrault stars as Julien, an ornery butterfly collector, whose new neighbors, 8-year-old Elsa (Claire Bouanich) and her mother, Isabelle (Nade Dieu), move into the apartment next to his. Due to Isabelle's work schedule, Elsa is often left alone. However, the persistent and curious girl adopts a reluctant Julien as her surrogate grandpa. Intent on finding a particularly short-lived butterfly, Julien and Elsa form an unlikely friendship on their rural trek. 


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
Confections With Convictions
This week's cool idea comes from a story in the Christian Science Monitor. Confections With Convictions is a chocolate shop started by Dale Anderson, a retired builder, to help troubled teens.  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 Confections With Convictions
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) Youth Ambassador Program. Fifty-one NCAM Youth Ambassadors, one per state and D.C., will receive $1,000-grant, an all-expense paid, three-day leadership training during Sept. 2015 in D.C., and ongoing training and networking opportunities. Deadline: June 10, 2015. 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


The Value of The American Community

The Honorable Mark Doms, under secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, tasked the Office of the Chief Economist staff, with cooperation from the Census Bureau, to examine the uses of the survey to develop a better understanding of its value to American communities. The result is this report. Learn more


Using Technology to Connect Generations: Some Considerations of Form and Function. In this paper, Dr. Matthew Kaplan, Dr. Mariano Sanchez and Leah Bradley explore the growing emphasis on expanding the role of technology in intergenerational programs. The article includes survey information from 46 intergenerational programs from 11 countries. 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  
"Whether we're a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we're acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others." ~Mister Rogers

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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