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 Volume 10, Issue 18
May 6, 2015
l-r: JJ Hitch (alumnus of Kinship Foster Care), Nichole Cobbs-Stern (interim administrator for the Kinship and Placement Administration at DC Child and Family Services Agency), Dolores Bryant (director of operations for kinship and school-based services at The Children's Home Society of New Jersey), Meredith Matone (research scientist at PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), Linda James (kinship caregiver and advocate) and Ta'Kijah Randolph (alumna of Kinship Foster Care).
Generations United Helping to Promote Kinship Care for Foster Youth 
Today, Senators Chuck Grassley and Debbie Stabenow, co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, sponsored an event on promoting kinshiop care for foster youth. Donna Butts provided opening remarks.  Thank you to the advocates, child welfare organizations, providers and congressional staff who shared their stories and made the case for kinship care placements and increased supports for grandfamilies. Kinship care improves stability for children, helps keep siblings together, preserves family ties and connections to cultural heritage and reduces the over-reliance on congregate care.

Full Conference Schedule Available! 

Connect with practitioners from over 10 countries at our conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, Honolulu, HI. Share ideas and resources that will impact your work and your community. The conference kicks off with an opening reception, 5pm on Weds., July 22, at the Ala Moana Hotel-HonoluluCheck out our conference agenda to learn more about other exciting conference events and register today. 

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Generations United Shout Out!
Our friend, Dr. Mark Testa, who was featured in a  Fox 8 News  story on North Carolina's foster care system and the need to support kinship families, made the case that every child deserves a safe and permanent home. We couldn't agree more. Thank you, Mark! Watch the story.
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New Resource Looks at Ways of Engaging Older Adults

Through a partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management, Maricopa Association of Governments, whose Greater Phoenix Region, Arizona, community was a MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities

recently completed a study on the impact of older adults in the workplace. Engaging Experienced Older Adults in the Greater Phoenix Regional Economy is a resource for community's 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 

Pfizer produced a collection of papers that demonstrates the impact of medicines on public health and the economy for all ages. These brief, easy-to-access fact sheets, videos and infographics include data from published, peer-reviewed studies. Learn more

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks  our renewing members, Alliance for Strong Families and CommunitiesEngAGe Utah and National Association for Area Agencies on Aging.   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.

New Report Highlights the Benefits of the Racial Generation Gap

"How do we get older and younger generations to recognize their interconnected futures?" That's a question from the executive summary of 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 our friend and partner, The Generations Initiative, highlights the racial generation gap - 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

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Deadline Extended for  Program of Distinction Applications - May 15
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. 
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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

Culture United

Is Anybody There?

Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of 10-year-old Edward growing up in a home for older adults run by his parents. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat, and his father copes with the onset of mid-life crisis, Edward is obsessed with ghosts and the afterlife. His somewhat lonely existence changes when he meets Clarence, the latest recruit to the home, a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy. Is Anybody There? is about this intergenerational pair facing life together, with Edward learning to live in the moment and Clarence coming to terms with the past.


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
VISIONS Intergenerational Program
This week's cool idea is VISIONS Intergenerational Program, a Generations United Program of Distinction that recruits, trains and employs high school students in New York City to assist blind seniors in their homes, and at Selis Manor.  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 VISIONS
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



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 

" Intergenerational justice, intergenerational fairness and equality is going to be the issue of the next 10 or 15 years. Is this generation, my generation, going to do right by the younger generation?" ~Ed Miliband

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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