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 Volume 10, Issue 19
May 13, 2015
Click the image to enlarge. Donna's Huffington Post blog was inspired by JJ Hitch (far left) and Ta'Kijah Randolph's (far right) stories of growing up in foster care.
To Grandma's House We Go...and Stay
Following last week's briefing on supporting kinship care for foster youth, Donna drove the point home in  a new Huffington Post blog"The vast majority of the nearly 2.5 million children currently being raised by grandparents or other relatives without a parent present are outside the system," writes Donna. "That means relatives are raising 23 children outside of the system for every one child they are raising in the system and they do so with little to no support." Learn more

Live Webcast: intergenerational Summit on Aging

Join Kendal, WHYY and Next Avenue on May 28, 9:30am to 4pm, for a five-city discussion. Donna Butts and others will discuss and share their opinions online about the four main themes (retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice) identified by the White House Conference on Aging. These "Deepening the Conversation on Aging" discussions will take place in Kendal retirement communities located near Cleveland, Columbus, New York City and Washington, D.C., and will be hosted online from the WHYY studio in Philadelphia. Learn more

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Help Find the Next NCAM Youth Ambassador From Your State

Know a young leader with a passion for helping kids? Then they might be eligible for the National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) Youth Ambassador Program, a year-long program for young leaders - ages 16-22 - to create change around issues facing youth.Fifty-one NCAM Youth Ambassadors will be selected - one per state and DC.  Ambassadors  receive a $1,000 grant, an all-expense paid, three-day leadership training in September 2015 in Washington, DC, and ongoing training and networking opportunities. Submission deadline: June 10 Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks  our renewing member, Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition.   Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift. 
Supporting Grandfamilies
Join Generations United and the National Consumer Law Center for a webinar on  Tues., May 19, 2pm - 3:30pm EDT . Our Special Advisor Ana Beltran will address the strengths and challenges of grandfamilies both inside and outside the foster care system. After exploring relevant federal laws, state care and custody options, and benefits and services, attendees will come away with practical tools and resources to better serve grandfamilies. Learn more and register today!

Conference Agenda Page Updated! 

Register today for Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale to learn about innovative intergenerational practices from around the world. We recently updated our conference agenda page - see our poster sessions | see our roundtablesExperience hands-on intergenerational opportunities through Culture-based and Environmental Action ProjectsThe conference kicks off with an opening reception,5pm on Weds., July 22, at the Ala Moana Hotel-Honolulu. Learn more about other exciting conference events and register today. 

Call for Promising Practices in Family Support

Do you know of a successful local, state, or national program that supports family caregivers of individuals with disabilities and/or seniors?  If so, tell Easter Seals about it. The Family Support Research and Training Center is doing a national search to identify promising practices and programs. Easter Seals will share what they learn with aging and disability advocates across the country. Deadline: June 30, 2015Nominate a promising practice.

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Deadline This Friday for  Program of Distinction Applications!
Every year, we recognize a rare few outstanding intergenerational programs through the Program of Distinction designation. This designation, developed by national intergenerational experts and launched in 2010, 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? We want to hear from you. 
Share Your Story for Older Americans Month
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), we are reminded of the vast opportunities for growth, enrichment and connection that exist in communities across the nation. In order to make this celebration truly successful, share your story about the difference that OAA-funded programs made in your life or the lives of your loved ones. Learn more

New Report: The Value of the American Community Survey

Ever wonder how the data collected on American communities are used? 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, The Value of The American Community Survey: Smart Government, Competitive Businesses and Informed Citizens. Learn more

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Two Days Left to Submit to Generations United's 2015 Photography Contest

This year's theme is "Generations Unleashed Equal Value Unleashed." Photographs must depict youth and older community members engaging in activities that smash the silos that separate the generations and release the energy that comes from uniting them. The photographs should illustrate the contest's theme with creativity and insight. The Photography Contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers of all ages. The deadline to submit is May 15. Learn more

2016 Senior Leadership Conference Workshop Proposals

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities seeks proposals for presentations at its 2016 Senior Leadership Conference, Feb. 27 - March 1, 2016 in Austin, TX. All 90-minute sessions will be focused around the Alliance's Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations. Submission Deadline: May 22, 2015. Learn more

International Day of Families - May 15!
The International Day of Families will be celebrated at United Nations Headquarters in New York this Friday. This year's theme is  Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children's Rights in Contemporary Families. Join the celebration online by following @undesadspd and hashtags #Action2015 #ForPeople #DayofFamilies. Learn more

Make a difference - Submit a proposal to present at AiA16

The American Society on Aging is now accepting proposals to present at their annual conference in Washington, DC, March 20-24, 2016.  Submission deadline: June 1, 2015. Learn more

Using Technology to Connect Generations: Some Considerations of Form and Function
In a journal article for Comunicar, 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. The authors also point out that their interests of these programs are not solely on teaching the use of technology, but of how they experiment with technology in different forms and functions, and the positive potential for enhancing intergenerational relationships. Learn more
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Nanny McPhee

Widower Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) hires Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) to care for his seven rambunctious children, who have chased away all previous nannies. Taunted by Simon (Thomas Sangster) and his siblings, Nanny McPhee uses mystical powers to instill discipline. And when the children's great-aunt and benefactor, Lady Adelaide Stitch (Angela Lansbury), threatens to separate the kids, the family pulls together under the guidance of Nanny McPhee.


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
Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program
This week's cool idea is the Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program in Florida, an intergenerational child care program in which older adults from the Rafael Villaverde Adult Day Health Care Center are trained to obtain certification as child care workers.  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 Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Standard Charitable Foundation Grants.  Grants between $5,000 and $25,000 will be awarded to organizations that support community development, education, and disability programs with an emphasis on helping people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Deadline: Rolling

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




Engaging Experienced Older Adults in the Greater Phoenix Regional Economy

This resource, produced through a partnership between the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Maricopa Association of Governments, is for communities that want to determine whether older adults want to connect back into the workforce and whether they want to engage in knowledge transfer with young professionals. Learn more

Value of Medicines Series

Produced by Pfizer, this collection of fact sheets, videos and infographics on the impact of medicines on public health and the economy for all ages includes data from published peer-reviewed studies. Learn more

Talkin' 'Bout Our Generations: Data, Deliberation and Destiny in a Changing America

The new report, produced by the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and commissioned by The Generations Initiative, highlights the phenomenon of older generations being disproportionately white, compared to the younger generation, and considers what impact that has on under-investment in education, workforce training, and other aspects key to our common future. Learn more

Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069

William Strauss and Neil Howe's bold theory is that each generation belongs to one of four types, and that these types repeat sequentially in a fixed pattern. The vision of Generations allows us to plot a recurring cycle in American history from the founding colonists through the present day and well into this millennium. 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!
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 

"Solidarity between generations is fundamental for achieving a society for all ages." ~UN Madrid Plan of Action

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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