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 Volume 10, Issue 10
March 11, 2015

Our Preliminary Conference Program is Up!

We told you we have a great line-up! Now, you can check out our workshops, posters and roundtables on a range of theme including "age-friendly communities," "environment" and "intergenerational in the family." ( Learn more.) Thinking of becoming a conference sponsor? Learn more about all of our sponsorship opportunities . While you're on our site,  take advantage of the new advanced registration rate of only $375! You can also  learn more about Conference Continuing Education Credits

New Issue of GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy

The editors of GrandFamilies are proud to release Vol.2, Issue 1 for 2015. The new volume contains research articles and practice insights related to childhood obesity, kinship service providers, and practice recommendations for mental health professionals. Learn more 

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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. So, t hink 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 , but we are happy to accept your application immediately. Contact Emily Duda  with any questions.  Learn more   ( Read how the designation helped past designees .)
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Generations United Shout Out!     
Congrats to our friends at Bridge Meadows, whose possible expansion into the Beaverton community was featured  in The OregonianAccording to the article, " Bridge Meadows, which is based in north Portland, sees a need for its program in the suburbs -- teaming up seniors, parents and foster kids." Read the full article
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Susan Mason and our renewing member,
Salvation Army 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.
Engaging Decision-makers for a More Sustainable Age-Friendly City and Community
Join Grantmakers in Aging and the International Federation on Ageing for a webinar on Weds., April 1, at 11 a.m. EST , that will discuss ways to address and resolve barriers towards sustainable age-friendly cities and communities. Learn more

Survey Seeks to Understand How to Improve Social and Financial Services Available to "Grandfamilies" 

If your organization has clients - including grandfamilies (families headed by grandparents, great-grandparents, or other family members of similar generations) - then Generations United and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) would appreciate your participation in this survey. This survey, funded by Citi, will help us understand the social and financial services available to grandfamilies with low- to moderate-incomes in the US. Learn more, then take the survey

The Secret to Sequels: How to Sustain Your GYSD Project
Join Youth Service America this evening, March 11 at 8pm EST, for a webinar and Twitter chat. Three YSA grantees will share how they continued their Global Youth Service Day projec ts year after year. Alongside the webinar is a Twitter chat using hashtag #GYSD to answer any questions people may have with their organization's resources. Register today!

Join Easter Seals' National Dialogue on Family Support

Join Easter Seals and their colleagues, March 9 - 30, for a national online dialogue to let them know what you think the most important topic in family support is and what family support researchers should focus on in the next several years. Town hall-style forums will be held in both English and Spanish using IdeaScale. Learn more

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There's Still Time to Enter Generations United's 2015 Photography Contest - Deadline: March 30!

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. Learn more

Culture United

The Adventures of Papa Lemon's Little Wanderers

In Lehman Riley's The Adventures of Papa Lemon's Little Wanderers, five racially diverse friends learn about US History by traveling back in time on Papa Lemon's Magical Train. Papa Lemon is the neighborhood grandfather in West, Mississippi. The five friends always go to Papa Lemon for his advice. In real-life, Papa Lemon is the author, Lehman Riley's, grandfather. Though Papa Lemon passed away in 1973, Lehman keeps him alive through this series of six illustrated books. 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.

The Kahuna Kapuna - Cool Ideas
This week's cool idea is The Kahuna Kupuna, an annual shortboard and longboard surf contest in Pacifica California that honors the more experienced (in age) surfers.  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 Kahuna Kapuna
Funding Opportunities

Capital Grants. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is offering capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basis. Learn more 


Art Works Grant. The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants between $10,000 and $100,000 for innovative art that engages the full range of demographics of their communities, as well as individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. 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


10 Ways to be a Better Mentor, From Those Who've Done It 

Here are 10 principles shared by executives successful in their roles as mentors. They attribute their success to asking more than they answer, setting clear expectations and reaching outside of their department. Learn more


Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing The Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life  

This resource offers a rebuttal to the demographic doomsayers who predit that a wave of baby boomers will bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare. Instead, this book assures us that we're on the verge of a broad, positive transformation of our economy and society. Learn more


Covered: A Week-by-Week Look at the 1965 Politics that Created Medicare and Medicaid

This blog series explains the maneuvers that led to the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid on July 30, 1965. Bob Rosenblatt, a senior fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and former Los Angeles Times Washington correspondent, provides readers with an informative and entertaining look at leaders in the 89th Congress and other major players. 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!

Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 2015. Learn more 


Ready by 21 National Meeting. The Forum for Youth Investment. New Orleans, LA. March 31 - April 2, 2015. Learn more 


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

"The women of today are the thoughts of their mothers and grandmothers, embodied, and made alive.  They are active, capable, determined and bound to win.  They have one thousand generations back of them . . . Millions of women, dead and gone are speaking through us today."  ~

Matilda Joslyn Gage, National Citizen and Ballot Box (1889)  

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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