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 Volume 9, Issue 1
January 8, 2014
Generations United Contributes to the International Year of the Family's 20th Anniversary  
Donna Butts, along with Leng Leng Thang and Alan Hatton Yeo, wrote the primary background paper on intergenerational solidarity and social inclusion. We were thrilled to see language and recommendations from the paper and other background work included in the recent report to the United Nations General Assembly. For more information on observances,
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Report Panelists Spread the Word About Changing Demographics 

Dr. Anthony Carnevale and Vanessa Cardenas made separate appearances on NPR. Carnevale, a co-author of Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America, a report by Generations United and The Generations Initiative, joined Rachel Martin on Sunday to discuss how the new GED test reflects modern economies. Cardenas, who served on a panel with Carnevale around Out of Many, One and was an adviser for the report, joined Morning Edition's Steve Inkeep over the holidays to discuss election demographics. Listen to Carnevale and Cardenas, then download the report.  

Social Security Changes and Webinar
Starting February 2014, the Social Security Administration will no longer offer Social Security number (SSN) printouts and benefit verification information through their field offices. Other service changes are listed on  the Administration's website, along with tomorrow's webinar that teaches and encourages advocates, social service agencies, and other third parties to promote the use of Social Security's online service options. Learn more about service changes, then sign up for tomorrow's webinar
Generations United Mentioned in a Penn State Publication
We're grateful to the Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences for featuring Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America, a report by Generations United and The Generations Initiative, in their "Ideas for Intergenerational Living" Newsletter. To sign up for this great resource, click here
A Huge Thanks to Our Supporters
Generations United thanks Robert Dugger, Wendy Heiges (in honor of her grandmother Teresa Ward), Kenyattah Robinson (in honor of the great Madiba, Nelson Mandela), Paul Thornell, Bob Blancato, Robert Donohue, MaryLee Allen, Donna Butts, Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Irv Katz (in memory of Harriet Tunison Huckstadt), Pam Smith, Kathleen Sykes and Marilyn Oyler for their support. Along with earlier contributions, these donations will help us meet our matching goal of $75,000. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can help, too! Click & help us meet our goal.

Become a 2014 Program of Distinction

What better way to kick-off the new year than achieving recognition for your incredible work? 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. The deadline to apply is May 1, but we are happy to accept your application immediately. Contact Leah Bradley with any questions. Learn more

President Johnson's "War on Poverty" Rings as loud today for a Former Board Member as it did 50 Years Ago

In a piece he co-authored for The Hill blog, former Generations United Board Member Jim Weill notes that  President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" is urgent today as it was 50 years ago. "Though America is much more prosperous today than in 1964, our wealth has been shared so unequally that millions remain poor or hovering at the margins," according to the piece. Read the full post

Let's Keep the Intergenerational Conversations Going

In addition to our Facebook page, which we hope you tune into regularly, we have a Facebook group that gives us a chance to keep the conversations going about programs and strategies that connect young and old.  It's a perfect place to ask questions, get ideas, and share resources and learning opportunities. Join us today!

Funding Opportunities

General Grant. Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. The Retirement Research Foundation is offering a request for proposals for efforts that improve access to quality community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014. Learn more 


Youth Grant. YSA and Sodexo Foundation are calling on young people to join the fight to end childhood hunger. Youth who apply early for a $500 grant will receive personalized tips, ideas, and feedback to help strengthen their application. Final deadline is Jan. 31, 2014. Learn more    

Great Resources

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Young Families: Two-Generation Strategies for Disconnected Young Parents & Their Children

National Human Services Assembly released a new report that studied 32 organizations that operate quality two-generation programs serving young families led by parents aged 15 to 24. The report also highlighted best practices for two-generation approaches to overcoming poverty. Learn more  

Increasing Financial Stability for Frontline Nonprofit Works: Bridging the Gap by Connecting Human Services Employees to Work Support

National Human Services Assembly released a report brief that highlights how nonprofits can help their own lower-wage workers, who are the lifeblood of the caring infrastructure in communities across the United States. Learn more  

26th Annual Policy Research Conference: "Strengthening the Web of Financial and Retirement Security for Today's Working Americans."  National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Washington, DC. Jan. 29-30, 2014.
Learn more

7th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging. The Institute for the Ages. Sarasota, FL. Feb. 9-12. Learn more

2014 National Bullying Conference. School Safety Advocacy Council.  

Orlando, Fla. Feb. 26-28, 2014. Learn more     

PEAK Leadership Summit. LeadingAge. Washington, DC. March 17-19 Learn more


"Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, some kind of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers.." ~Gilbert Highet

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Alan King 

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Generations United 


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