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 Volume 9, Issue 2
January 15, 2014
Here's a Chance to do Your Life's Work Well!
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Whatever your life's work is, do it well.... so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better." Well, here's your chance to showcase your program over the Martin Luther King Day holiday. ServiceNation, in partnership with Voices for National Service, put together some helpful tips, best practices and templates to help you make the most of this day of  service. Learn more

Young Adults Convening in D.C.!

Generations United and Mentor Up, a new way to make a difference from AARP Foundation, are excited about hosting 35 amazing young people from across the country in DC this weekend for a leadership training program.  These youth are Jumpstart Grantees and Super Fellows and are all developing and leading creative age-amped (intergenerational) programs in their communities to address the needs of vulnerable adults aged 50 and over.  We will be featuring more information about the youth convening and details about the grantees through our Facebook page and Twitter account, as well as in next week's Generations This Week.  Stay tuned!

Social Security Officials Suggest Using MLK Day to Help Vulnerable Populations

Martin Luther King, Jr. had it right when he said: "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." The social security administration is offering another way to help uplift humanity, especially those who qualify for assistance. Learn more

National Mentoring Month
Happy National Mentoring Month! If you know of any intergenerational mentoring activities, share it with our Facebook group.
A Huge Thanks to Our Supporters
Generations United thanks Mary Ann Casey and Pfizer for their support. Along with earlier contributions, these donations will help us meet our matching goal of $75,000. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can help, too! Click & help us meet our goal.

Become a 2014 Program of Distinction

Generations United (GU) is excited to re-designate four of our inaugural Program of Distinction recipients for another three-year term as designees. In 2010, GU recognized the following programs' excellence in intergenerational programming: SMART (Students and Mature Adults Read Together) and Reading Buddies After School, a program of JCY - Westchester Community Partners; Workforce Academy for Youth, a program of Aging and Independence Services of the County of San Diego; St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care; and United Retirement Center - Child Development Center. These age-optimized programs continue to demonstrate impact, evaluation and strong benefits for multiple age groups. You can join them! Contact Leah Bradley with any questions. Learn more 

Friendships Reaching Across Generations

They're age-intentional at the Chicago Chapter of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE). Every week, North Park University students learn a lot when they visit their LBFE elder friends for Stories from a Graying America, a college course on aging in America. The program's a win with Phoenix, a North Park student. "When we go to visit Ginnie, it's not school work, it's not going to see an elderly lady," she wrote. "For me it's getting to visit a friend." Read more  

Join the Memory Library!

What started as a way of helping people with Alzheimer's pass on their memories through writing has morphed into an online Memory Library at Spaces Between Your Fingers (SBYF). Its Founder and "Chief Wisdom Collector" Matthew Ross Smith, a keynote speaker at Generations United's July conference, wants to help you celebrate the moments you don't want forgotten. There's even step-by-step guides to help intergenerational facilities and programs create Memory Postcards for SBYF's archive.
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Nebraskan Grandstanding for the State's Young People 

First Lady Sally Ganem will offer welcome remarks followed by presentations from national and local experts in a webinar scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The virtual discussion will revolve around ways grandparents can use their wealth of wisdom and knowledge to help the up and coming generation of young Nebraskans. Other presenters include Generations United's Jaia Peterson Lent; ZERO TO THREE's Rebecca Parlakian; Diane Rolfsmeyer, of the Nebraska Early Childhood Network; and Crete Schools Superintendent Kyle McGowen. RSVP by emailing Diane Rolfsmeyer or calling her at 402-435-7211. On Feb 1., connect to the webinar here. Prior to the webinar, please make sure your computer connects to the "UNL Extension Interview Room" (test now). If you have problems, contact Betty Castan. Learn more   

Funding Opportunities

Art Works Grant. Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. The National Endowment for the Arts is offering between $10,000 and $100,000 for innovative art that engages the full range of demographics of their communities, as well as individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. Deadline:Rolling. Learn more 


Youth Grant. Disney Friends for Change Grants are offering a $500 grant to young change-makers who help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Applicants leading high-impact and/or large-scale projects may also request an additional $500 grant (up to $1,000, total) to support their work. Deadline: Feb. 6, 2014. Learn more
Great Resources

Failure to Launch: Structural Shift and the New Lost Generation

The Generations Initiative and the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce released a report that examines trends in employment, labor force participation, annual earnings, and occupations for young and older adults. It also includes analyses of these trends by sex, race/ethnicity, and education. Learn more  

26th Annual Policy Research Conference: "Strengthening the Web of Financial and Retirement Security for Today's Working Americans."  National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Washington, DC. Jan. 29-30, 2014.
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7th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging. The Institute for the Ages. Sarasota, FL. Feb. 9-12. Learn more

2014 National Bullying Conference. School Safety Advocacy Council.  

Orlando, Fla. Feb. 26-28, 2014. Learn more     

2014 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference.
Food Research and Action Center. Washington, DC. March 2-4, 2014. Learn more

PEAK Leadership Summit. LeadingAge. Washington, DC. March 17-19 Learn more


"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." ~Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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