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Generations United in Virginia
How Authentic is Your Organization?
National Poetry Month
Generations United at MONUMENTAL
Cool Program Ideas
Generations United in Qatar
Our Thanks
2014 Program of Distinction
Global Youth Service Day
Requesting Families
Publications for Sale
Financial Literacy Month
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 14
April 9, 2014
(l-r: Leah Bradley, program director at Generations United; Cathy Hudgins, member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Congressman Gerry Connelly, 11th District of Virginia; Senator Janet Howell, 32nd District of Virginia; Delegate Kenneth R. Plum, 36th District of Virginia; and Steve Gurney)

Generations United in Reston, Virginia!

We're honored that Leah Bradley, our program director, was invited to re-present the flag to Reston, one of our four "Best Intergenerational Communities" for 2014, at the city's Little League Opening Day Ceremony.

How Authentic is Your Organization?

Renaissance woman Meredith Monk once said, " get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something." In her blog post for The NonProfit Times, Donna Butts explained why, with the changing demographics, it's important now more than ever for nonprofits to be authentic. According to Donna, "Acknowledging the growing racial and generational changes among our clients and employees can help nonprofits avoid this seesaw economy's dip in and out of uncertainty." Read the full article 

A Month for Poets              
This month is a big one for poets all across America. National Poetry Month, or as we poets know it: National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), is when all the wordsmiths confront their writer's block to compose a poem a day for the entire month. Those of us who are lucky end up with 30 new poems or drafts worth reworking. Fellow poet Gary Glazner, founder of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, celebrates this month with a guest blog piece about his experiences working with the ACE Preschool and New York Memory Center (NYMC) in Brooklyn. Learn more
Generations United Tomorrow at MONUMENTAL!
You can catch our Program Director Leah Bradley speaking at the 25th annual national service-learning conference. In addition to providing workshops and keynote addresses, MONUMENTAL equips youth and adults with tools, resources and ideas to improve their practice, their schools and communities. Learn more
Share Your Cool Program Ideas With Us! 
We want highlight innovative intergenerational programs and practices. Got something cool your organization tried and was successful? Then we want to hear from you. We'll feature these ideas weekly on our blog. Disclaimer: The ideas we spotlight does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs. Share the inspiration
Generations United in Qatar!
Next week, Donna Butts will be presenting on families and intergenerational ties at the Empowering Families: A Pathway to Development conference in Doha, Qatar, as part of the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, 2014. The conference is taking place in response to several United Nations' General Assembly and Economic and Social Council resolutions on the follow-up to the International Year of the Family (IYF), 1994. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks our members and supporters. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can donate as a Tribute Gift in honor or memory of someone. Click & help us make 2014 even better.

Join Our Elite Group 

Before you know it, the May 1 deadline will be upon us. You don't have to wait until the due date to get your applications in. We are happy to accept your submission immediately. If you're part of - or run - an intergenerational program doing incredible work, we want to help you get the national recognition you deserve. Here's the history on our designation and why it's so important. Join our elite group of changemakers that are effectively connecting generations. Contact Leah Bradley with any questions. Learn more
Global Youth Service Day is Almost Here!
Since its beginning in 1988, Global Youth Service Day continues to mobilize millions of young people to improve their communities through service. This weekend, youth around the world will continue being the change agents they are. In honoring this annual event, we're highlighting some of our Youth Jumpstart Grantees and their projects. Learn more
Requesting Families
We are seeking families to profile for two sidebars for our signature report, 2014 Families in Society, that celebrates strong families. We'll release our report in partnership with the Alliance for Children and Families in time to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (2014) at an event on May 13 at the National Press Club. The first family we're hoping to identify is a Hispanic/Latino family with strong intergenerational connections. We're interested in what motivates their connections, what helps and what would help them have even stronger connections. If you know of any such family and could pass along their names and contact information to Generations United's Communication Specialist Alan King, we would be very grateful.

Publications for Sale

Under One Roof and Connecting Generations are available for the shipping and handling price. At $3.50, Under One Roof is an invaluable guide on starting and strengthening intergenerational shared site programs, where children/youth and older adults participate in ongoing services and/or programming concurrently at the same site. Connecting Generations, a user-friendly guide to creating meaningful intergenerational programs, is available for $4.50. Order your copies today!

April is Financial Literacy Month 

We want to hear from you about the intergenerational financial literacy programs with which you are involved.  Share with us. If you considered developing a program, there are many resources available, including Enhancing Your Retirement: Helping Ensure the Financial Success of Youth.  

Funding Opportunities

Capital Grants. Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. 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 basisLearn more


The State Farm Student Achievement Program. State Farm is offering grants a $1,000 grant for a one-classroom Semester of Service, or up to $4,000 for school districts and/or groups of teachers implementing Semester of Service across multiple classrooms and/or schools. Deadline: June 6. Learn more 

Great Resources

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

Annie E. Casey Foundation's new KIDS COUNT policy report found that where a child's family is from and where they live profoundly affect that young person's life outcomes. This report attempts to hold decision makers accountable to ensure that all children are given every opportunity to thrive and succeed. Learn more

If you have reports on issues that help young and old, please send them to Alan King at


Helping Children Manage Feelings and Behaviors. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Thurs., April 24, 8pm eastern (7pm central, 6pm mountain and 5pm pacific). Learn more 
Alliance Executive Leadership Conference. Alliance for Children &
Families. Nashville, TN. May 14-17,2014 Learn more
2014 NFPA/FSFAPA National Education Conference. 
National Foster Parent Association. 
Orlando, FL. June 5-8, 2014. Learn more


9th GLOBAL YOUTH JUSTICE Training: Enhance, Expand, and Learn. 
Global Youth Justice. 
Cape Cod, MA. June 17-19, 2014. Learn more


40th Annual Conference. North American Council on Adoptable Children. 
Kansas City, MO. July 24-26, 2014.

Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families.
Child Welfare League of America. New Orleans, LA., Sept. 17-19, 2014. Learn more 

"One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather.~Joy Hargrove 

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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