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 Volume 10, Issue 16
April 22, 2015

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale

Our Conference is in Three Months!

Register today for Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale to learn about innovative intergenerational practices from around the world. Connect with practitioners from over 10 countries and share ideas and resources that will impact your work and your community. Our conference kicks off with an opening reception, 5pm on Weds., July 22, at the Ala Moana Hotel-Honolulu. Learn more

Sign On Your State or Local Organization to Protect Funding for the Social Services Block Grant

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a vital and flexible source of federal funding that helps children, older adults and people with disabilities in ways that include adult and child protective services, foster care, mental health and community-based services to older adults. Generations United invites state and local organizations to join the more than 65 national organizations urging Congress to protect funding for the Social Services Block Grant from cuts. Sign your state or local organization to the letter

New Policy Brief Explores Education's Return On Investments to Health Outcomes

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center on Society and Health, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released a new policy brief, Education and Health: The Return on Investment, which explores how investing in education is investing in public health - and how prioritizing spending in education can potentially lower health care costs. Learn more

Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
This publication is the only international journal focusing exclusively on the intergenerational field from practical, theoretical, and social policy perspectives. This unique global forum features information about the latest research and program development on intergenerational aspects of a range of global social issues and frontier topics in family studies from the United States and countries around the world. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Julie Tippens, who gave in honor of "Bill Libro's un-birthday."   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.

Intergeneration 2015 Short Storytelling Contest 

The contest is in full swing. If you can tell a story about an intergenerational connection you had/have in 100 words or less, then Intergeneration Month wants you to submit your stories. Cash prizes and more are available. Visit them on Facebook and on their website for details and to submit your story! Learn more

Mi Casa is Seeking a Program Coordinator
Scheduled to open in early September 2015, Genesis is an intentional, intergenerational community in Washington, DC, based on our longtime partner and friend,  Generations of Hope Community's (GHC) model. Genesis is a programmatic initiative of our longtime partner and friend, Mi CasaThe program coordinator is the senior of two positions that will together constitute the on-site staffing for Genesis. See full position description
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April is #EncoreStory Slam Month!

Encore is disrupting aging stereotypes with its #EncoreStory Slam! Got a story about making an impact in your community? Enter the story slam. If your story's accepted, Encore will publish it in their new online collection, Stories from the Encore Movement, which showcases first-person stories by experienced adults helping to tackle some of society's most urgent challenges. Learn more

The Friendship Continues
Last month, we shared a news segment about then 3-year-old Emmett Rychner, who tracked down his 80-year-old buddy, Erling Kindem. This reunion was shared on a viral video. Another video shows the next chapter to their friendship, when the WWII veteran pops up for his play date with Emmett. Watch the video
Write Poetry for National Poetry Month!
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Deadline Extended for Generations United's 2015 Photography Contest - New Deadline: May 15!

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

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The Deadline is Two Weeks Away!
Become a Program of Distinction
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. Every year, we recognize 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.  The deadline to apply is May 1 . Contact Emily Duda  with any questions.  Learn more   ( Read how the designation helped past designees .)
Culture United

The Magic of Belle Isle

Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose passion for writing hits an impasse. When his nephew pushes him to summer in quiet and picturesque Belle Isle, he befriends the family next door - a single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters - who help him find inspiration again.


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.

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Cool Ideas
Students Inter-generational Art to Protect Nature
This week's cool idea is the Students Inter-generational Art to Protect Nature, the result of more than 60 pieces of art from Sauk Trail fourth-grade students and older adults in Middleton, Wisconsin, who are concerned about the importance of preserving local nature.  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 Students Inter-generational Art to Protect Nature

Spend Your Summer With Us!

Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for summer internships in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. See additional details and qualificationsIf you are passionate about building a better world for people of all ages, contact Emily Duda at or 202-777-0113. 

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

Teens Teach Tech Grant. VolunteerNation is awarding several grants of $250 as part of their "Teens Teaching Tech," a workshop series designed to provide older adults with one-on-one support with new technology to help foster and cultivate intergenerational relationships. The applicant must be part of a school-based club or homeschool community organization in the U.S.  Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. 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


Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Family Caregivers

This comprehensive 51-state overview - produced jointly by the AARP Public Policy Institute, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and National Employment Law Project (NELP) - explains how unemployment insurance rules apply to those who are forced to quit their jobs, or who are fired, when they undertake caregiving responsibilities for family members.  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!

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


"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." ~Greek Proverb

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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