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 Volume 10, Issue 4
January 28, 2015

Two Weeks Away!

Our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Event

We're thrilled to have our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Event hosted by our strategic advisor Juan Williams (FOX News correspondent and journalist) and moderated by our Board member Jatrice Martel Gaiter (executive vice president of External Affairs at Volunteers of America) with special remarks from Dennis White (CEO and president of MetLife Foundation). Join us Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. - noon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as we honor the 2015 Best Communities. Congratulations to our winners: 

Carlisle, MassachusettsGreater Richmond Region, Virginia; Greater Plymouth Area, Wisconsin; and our national finalist, City of Surprise, Arizona! Register todayand then share the information with your networks. 

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Generations United's Intergenerational State of the Union Response                
Last week, President Obama did a wonderful job laying out policy recommendations that affect all ages during his State of the Union address. We offered some more recommendations to Congress in our intergenerational State of the Union response. Learn more

Model Standards Article in Fostering Families Today

Our Special Advisor Ana Beltran co-wrote an article on the new Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards with Heidi Epstein, director of Kinship Policy at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the LawThe article gives an overview of the new standards from "Purposes of the Model Licensing Standards" and "Eligibility Standards" to "Criminal Background Standards" and "Next Steps." Learn more

Click here to view enlarged photo. 2013 Award-winner Rep. Chris Van Hollen poses with Donna Butts and Generations United's Board members Larry Minnix and Matthew Melmed
Take Advantage of Our Group Rate and Nominate Someone for Our Intergenerational Awards!
Join us July 21-24 in Honolulu, Hawai'i for Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Our group rate is available at the Ala Moana Hotel-Honolulu. Our advanced rate is going until Feb. 15. Learn more about the group rate 
| Register today! At this year's conference, we will honor outstanding individuals and best practices. Public nominations are open for several of those awards. Learn more
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National Valentines Day Campaign
Join Generations United's Seniors4Kids, the National Women's Law Center and child care advocates across the country to bring attention to the importance of investing in high-quality, affordable child care. This Valentines Day, we're sending valentines with child care messages to the U.S. Senate.  Here's how you can get involved.
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Introducing...Greater Plymouth Area, WI!

In part 3, we highlight Greater Plymouth Area, WI, a 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Award-winner! In 1985, they developed their first intergenerational program after Here We Grow Child Care Center mixed their activities with the Plymouth Senior Center, South Horizons Apartments and Valley Manor Nursing Home. Today, the intergenerational activities are at Generations, a 28,000-square-foot facility on a seven-acre campus. Middle school students, bused there after classes, play board games, Wii, pool and ping pong with the older adultsLearn moreStay tuned for next week, when we introduce City of Surprise, AZ.

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Generations United's 2015 Photography Contest - Deadline: March 30!
We're excited to announce our intergenerational photography contest for 2015. 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

Intergenerational Living 

In an article, the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) talks about the Humanitas retirement home's experiment with preventing isolation and loneliness, while finding useful purposes for their available space. The solution: university students in Deventer, The Netherlands, live rent free in exchange for spending 30 hours of quality time a month with their 160 older housemates. Read the full article.

Introducing...Neighbors Growing Together and CATCH Healthy Habits

In part 2, we introduce Neighbors Growing Together (Blacksburg, VA) and CATCH Healthy Habits (St. Louis, MO), two of our 2015 Programs of Distinction re-designees. Neighbors Growing Together facilitates learning, discovery and engagement opportunities to engage a community that values the contributions of all generations. Learn more about Neighbors Growing Together. CATCH Healthy Habits overcomes barriers

contributing to obesity by instilling lifelong healthy eating and active living habits among children and older adults, targeting those from under-resourced communities. Learn more about CATCH Healthy Habits. Stay tuned for next week, when we introduce The JCA Heyman Inter-Ages Center and AGE to age: bringing generations together.

Culture United

Black or White

Black or White opens this Friday in theaters. The film features Elliot Anderson (Kevin Costner), widowed by the car crash death of his wife, who struggles with his grief while caring for his biracial granddaughter, Eloise, who he's raised since his daughter died in childbirth. His world is upended when Eloise's African-American grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer) demands that Eloise be raised by her father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for his own daughter's death. Deeply involved in a custody battle, Elliot will do all he can to keep his granddaughter from his reckless son-in-law. The movie will be released Jan. 30. 


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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Congressional Briefing on Child Welfare and Data Interoperability

Join the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of ChildrenAmerican Public Human Services Association, Voice for Adoption and the Children's Bureau on Feb. 3, 2pm - 3pm, at Rayburn House Office Building (room B-318) for a congressional briefing: Supporting Permanent Families for Children by Transforming the Cross-State Data Exchange for the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC). Learn about the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE), which the field is touting as "the most successful, innovative and transformative projects pilots in child welfare." Learn more

Dance Generators West - Cool Ideas
In the latest of series, we feature Dance Generators West, based in San Francisco. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You can also post them to our Intergenerational 
Connections Facebook Group or just text us through the Facebook 
Messenger app (friend me to join our Cool Ideas group discussion). 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 Dance Generators.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. 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.
Funding Opportunities

Imagine Your Parks. Through a new grant initiative, in celebration of the NEA's 50th anniversary and the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, the NEA and the National Park Service will provide an anticipated $1 million in funding through the NEA Art Works grant category to projects that use the arts to connect people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. Deadline: February 19, 2015. Learn more


Grants Promote Community Gardens and Green Spaces. Scotts Miracle-Gro: GRO1000 Grassroots Grants is awarding grants of up to $1,500 to local communities throughout the country to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens, and public green spaces to more neighborhoods. The focus is on garden and green space beautification projects that incorporate the involvement and engagement of neighborhood residents and foster a sense of community spirit. Deadline: February 13, 2015. 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


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!

47th Annual Senior Leadership Conference. Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb. 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


2015 National Conference on Bullying. School Safety Advocacy Council, Florida Association of School Administrators and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers. Orlando, FL. Feb. 24-27, 2015. Learn more


An Intergenerational Community Built on an Innovative Funding Model and Partnerships: Visit to Bridge Meadows. Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Portland, OR. March 18 - 19, 2015. Learn more


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

"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.~Alex Haley

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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