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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Registration's Now Open for 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Event!
New Group Rate Available for Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Introducing...VISIONS Intergenerational Program and Time Out Respite Program
IFFD Briefing at UN Headquarters
Nominations Open for Awards Honoring Outstanding Individuals and Best Practices
A Congressional Briefing: The Effect of the Great Recession on Child Well-Being
Introducing...Greater Richmond Region, VA!
Derek - Culture United
Congressional Briefing: The Quality Foster Care and Family-Based Services Act of 2015
New Book Claims Social Security Will Not "Go Broke"
The Lutheran Home - Cool Ideas
Looking for Multigenerational Families to Cast in New Cable Series!
Funding Opportunities
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 Volume 10, Issue 3
January 21, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr. Day           
  • We honored Dr. King and his legacy with Donna's throwback Washington Post editorial, which also honored the contributions of grandparents like Jennie Williams, who laid the foundation for her grandson, Dr. King. Read the editorial.
  • We also launched our hash tag, #FearlessElder, and asked you to tweet about an older adult who's fearless on behalf of children and youth. Send your #FearlessElder story to Alan King, Generations United's communications specialist, and tweet, too. We'll possibly share them in a future issue of Generations This Week, on our Together Blog and through our social media.

Register Today for our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Event!

We're thrilled to have strategic advisor Juan Williams, journalist and FOX News correspondent, and Dennis White, CEO and president of Metlife Foundation, on hand Feb. 11, from 10:30 a.m. - noon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to help us honor our 2015 Best Intergenerational: Carlisle, MA; Greater Richmond Region, VA; and Greater Plymouth Area, WI; and our national finalist, City of Surprise, AZThis is an opportunity to learn about innovative 
intergenerational programspolicies and practices. Register todayand 
then share the information with your networks. 
New Group Rate Available for the Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale Conference!
We have a group rate available at the Ala Moana Hotel-Honolulu. Join us July 21-24 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Our full program will be announced next week! Register by Feb. 15 to take advantage of the advanced rates.  Learn more about the group rate and register today! 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our renewing member, National Association of Foster Grandparent DirectorsMerci. 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.

Introducing...VISIONS Intergenerational Program and Time Out Respite Program

We announced our 2015 Program of Distinction re-designees last week. Now, it's time to introduce them. Starting today, this three-part series will highlight two 2015 honorees each week. First up are VISIONS Intergenerational Program (New York City) and Time Out Respite Program (Philadelphia). VISIONS recruits and trains volunteer high school students to assist blind seniors in their homes, and at Selis Manor. Learn more about VISIONS. Time Out Respite Program fosters the development of relationships between the elderly care recipient and a student, supervised and trained in aging issues. Learn more about Time OutStay tuned for next week, when we introduce Neighbors Growing Together and CATCH Healthy Habits.

IFFD Briefing at UN Headquarters
We're thrilled that Generations United's UN representative, Kristin Bodiford, will be speaking at the UN! If you're in New York on Feb. 11, register in advance to join the International Federation for Family Development, 1:15-2:45 p.m., at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for a briefing on the role of families in the future we want. Click here to register and for more information.
Click here to view enlarged photo. Rep. Chris Van Hollen poses with Donna Butts and Generations United's Board members Larry Minnix and Matthew Melmed
Nominations Open for Awards Honoring Outstanding Individuals and Best Practices
On our conference website, several awards are open for public nomination. Those categories include: Intergenerational Innovation Award, Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award, Outstanding Older Adult Volunteer Award and Grandfamilies Award. Nominations are also open for our Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research in Intergenerational Programs. Learn more

A Congressional Briefing: The Effect of the Great Recession on Child Well-Being

Join First Focus and PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Feb. 3, 3pm EST, at 902 Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, for a discussion that highlights the release of The Effect of the Great Recession on Child Well-Being, an update to a 2010 policy brief that provides an in-depth review of child well-being in the US. Learn more

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Introducing...Greater Richmond Region, VA!

In part 2, we highlight Greater Richmond Region, VA, a 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Award-winner! With more than 40 local intergenerational programs, festivals, events and leisure activities, Greater Richmond Region brings together its 1 million-plus residents of all ages. Intergenerational activities are facilitated by the Greater Richmond Age Wave Planning Initiative, which brings together important stakeholders from all sectors of the regional community (philanthropy, government, business, nonprofit, academia). In 2012, the initiative reached a milestone with completion of the first regional Plan, developed by the community, to make the region vibrant, safe and engaged across generations. Look out for our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities publication to learn more. Stay tuned for next week, when we introduce Greater Plymouth Area, WI.

Culture United


The Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning song, "Glory," is from the film Selma. Both the movie and the song honor the 1965 march Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, advocating voting rights for African-American citizens in that state. Common and John Legend captured the intergenerational spirit of the movement: "No one can win the war individually. It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people's energy." Watch the video with the lyrics


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.

Congressional Briefing: The Quality Foster Care and Family Based Services Act of 2015

Join the Foster Family-based Treatment Association on Feb. 10, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, at The U.S. Capitol Visitors Center for a briefing to introduce the Quality Foster Care and Family Based Services Act of 2015. Learn more

New Book Makes the Case that Social Security Will Not "Go Broke"

From the Silent Generation to baby boomers, from Generation X to millennials and Generation Z, young and old have a stake in understanding the real story about Social Security. Social Security Works founder and longtime Generations United friends, Eric Kingson and Nancy Altmancogently present the issues and set forth both an agenda and a political strategy that will benefit all ages. Learn more

The Lutheran Home - Cool Ideas
In the latest of series, we feature The Lutheran Home, located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. 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 The Lutheran Home.

Looking for Multigenerational Families to Cast in New Cable Series! 

A production company is looking for charismatic and energetic families with at least three generations living in the same house. The cable series will show how the nuclear family no longer defines just one family type. If you know of multigenerational families that are interested, please pass along their name and contact information to Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King

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


The New Congress and Federal Funding for Needed Services: What You Need to Know.
 Learn about what's at risk and what strategies can protect vital programs like Medicaid, SNAP/Food Stamps and others. Generations United is co-sponsoring a webinar, moderated by Steve Savner of Center for Community Change, which will show you do-able steps you can take to protect such services. Jan. 22, 1pm - 2:15pm ET (10am PT). Learn more



Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards
This new resource by Generations United and our partners - Amareican Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, The Annie E. Casey Foundation and National Association for Regulatory Administration - is available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards is $4.50. Order your copies today!



Improving Child Well-Being: Strengthening Collaboration Between the Child Welfare and Health Care Systems

The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) released a brief, authored by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's PolicyLab & Safe Place, which explores collaborations-old and new-between child welfare and medical providers. Learn more 


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


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

"A better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up, with a sense of purpose and possibility, and asking them to join in the great mission of building America." ~President Obama

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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