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 Volume 8, Issue 9
February 27, 2013
Sequestration: What Happens to Children, Youth, and Older Adults?

Unless Congress acts this week, federal supports for children, youth, and older adults could face across-the-board cuts. For instance:

  • 450,000 children and mothers will lose WIC nutrition aid
  • Four million fewer Meals on Wheels will be served to older adults in need
  • Nearly 10,000 children with special and exceptional needs will lose their Foster Grandparent
  • 30,000 children will lose their child care
  • 34 Retired Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) grants will be terminated, halting the service of nearly 13,450 senior volunteers, jeopardizing approximately 69,000 hours of independent living services and 81,000 service hours in nutrition and food security
  • 70,000 children will be dropped from Head Start
  • 23 million low-income Americans of all ages who get help with their heating bills may be at risk of losing that support
Urge your senators and members of Congress to take action to prevent these cuts and protect these needed services that support people of all ages in your state. Raise your voice for children, youth and older adults. Here are some resources you can reference: 
Use the App -- Get a Bigger Return
The EITC Finder, a handy app for smart phones and other mobile devices, was developed by the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation to help lower and moderate income working Americans easily determine whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit that can put hundreds, even several thousand, dollars back in the pockets of young adults, college students, and grandfamilies. Empower your clients; introduce them to the EITC Finder. Learn more.
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New Grants Designed to Help Students Thrive

The US Dept. of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service have announced a new collaboration between the two agencies: School Turnaround AmeriCorps. This competitive, three-year grant program is designed to strengthen and accelerate interventions in our nation's lowest-performing schools by engaging hundreds of AmeriCorps members in turnaround schools across the country.Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community groups; schools or districts; institutions of higher education; cities and counties; Indian Tribes; and labor organizations are eligible to apply to this program, along with partnerships and consortia of these entities. A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to the Corporation for National and Community Service by April 2, 2013 via e-mail at: americorpsgrants@cns.gov. Application deadline: April 23, 2013. Learn more.

Get the Latest on Generations United's  

17th International Conference!

Register now. Want to make a real impact on your community? Then our 17th International Conference, "Pathways for Strengthening Communities" (July 30 to Aug. 2 in Washington, DC), is a must-attend event. We'll be exploring the many ways intergenerational programs and activities can make a huge difference in our quality of life. Great educational and networking opportunities. Learn more and register today.

Apply for the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research.
At the 17th International Conference, your winning paper could be selected to receive the $2,000 Brabazon Award for Evaluation. The award encourages you to explore and document the nature of the intergenerational dynamics that occur within your program and/or report on their measurable impacts. Read the guidelines and criteria. Deadline for award submissions: March 30, 2013. Questions? Contact Leah Bradley. 

Tell Us Why You're Coming to the Conference!
If you're planning to be a conference attendee or presenter -- or both -- send us a youtube video or sound clip (not more than 30 seconds) that says why you are coming or why folks should attend your session. We're looking for the most creative videos/sounds clips to feature on our conference website! Send your clip by April 1 to Leah Bradley. 
Become a Program of Distinction

Do you believe your intergenerational program is innovative and effective in addressing a need in your community? Apply by May 1 for a Program of Distinction designation. Learn more.

For Those Asking: "What's Next?"
People over 50 who are looking for inspiration, information, and ideas should take a look at next avenue, a website within the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). It's also a great source of practical advice. Read the latest newsletter and subscribe.
The 2013 Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest Is Underway

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Rachel Carson Contest, which seeks artistic expressions that best communicate the Sense of Wonder that you feel for nature and all its bounty. For 2013, music has been added to the list of creative formats being considered; other formats include poetry, essay, photography and dance.  

Deadline: Mon., June 10, 2013. Learn more. 

Remembering Richard Murphy

We join the human services community in mourning the passing of Richard Murphy, an innovator in the youth development field. He contributed greatly to improving life for young people and to promoting intergenerational connectedness. According to a tribute posted on the SparkAction.org website: ...He created the Beacon program, which turns school buildings into comprehensive community centers during after-school hours, offering services to children, youth and adults. He was also a driving force behind what became the Harlem Children's Zone and mentored Geoffrey Canada. In fact, Richard mentored just about everyone who crossed his path. Read more.

Member Focus:
Gentog   

Marcie Jones and Murt Bickett, the founders and co-presidents of Gentog, worked together  for a national credit reporting agency for more than 25 years before deciding to start their own business. Both were seeking a way to actively live their faith and to create something that would better the world they live in.Murt wanted a way to use her love of children productively.Marcie worked her way through college as an aide in nursing homes, and longed for a way to be of service to the elderly.The idea of an Intergenerational Center -- Gentog -- was born and early in 2007 they decided to actively pursue the idea. Today, Gentog provides intergenerational day care services to toddlers and older adults. Their motto is: We believe that Intergenerational Day Care is...Good for children. Good for Seniors. Good for Families. Learn more.

Funding Opportunities
Capital Grants. 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 basis. Learn more. 

 

Adoption Recruitment Campaign and Response Initiative.  Administration for Children and Families. Awards a cooperative agreement to establish a multimedia national adoption recruitment campaign to promote the adoption of children from the public child welfare foster care system. Deadline: March 7, 2013. Learn more. 

 

Get Ur Good On Grants. Global Youth Service Day. $500 grants to support youth-led projects that address a demonstrated community need or issue. Deadline: March 10, 2013. Learn more. 

 

Lawrence Foundation Grants. Makes grants to US-based qualified charitable organizations, primarily those address human services, the environment, and disaster relief. Deadline: April 30. Learn more. 

 

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Grants. Seeks concept papers

for innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology and the environment. Deadline: June 1, 2013. Learn more. 

 

Youth Service America (YSA) Grants. Each year, YSA supports youth-led service with over $1 million in YSA Grants. Learn more.        
Great Resources
Online Resources
New Website for Administration for Families and Children.
Offers resources about the programs, services and issues facing older adults, family caregivers, and persons with disabilities. Learn more. 
 
my Social Security. New online account allows people quick access to their personal Social Security information, including earnings record and estimates of future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. Also enables people who already receive Social Security benefits to get updates on benefits and payments. 

Research 
Early Childhood Education as an Essential Component of Economic Development. Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst examines the long-term economic benefits that result from supporting high-quality pre-K programs, making the case for states to invest in universal preschool education. Learn more. 

The Path to a Competitive Workforce Begins with High-Quality Early Education. Strategies for Children. Contains facts and figures - both nationwide and Massachusetts-specific - on the long-term benefits of investing in preschool. Learn more. 
 

Webinars

Six Steps that City Leaders Can Take to Increase Family Economic Security. National League of Cities. Highlights innovative, low-cost or no-cost ideas for how city officials can get started in helping families achieve financial stability. Thurs., Feb. 28 at 2:30pm. Learn more.

Promoting Connectedness to Prevent Suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Discusses why and how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made connectedness promotion a central focus of its suicide prevention efforts. Describes programs that have promoted connectedness within specific populations including: older adults, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and African American youth. Thurs., Feb. 28 at 3:00pm. Learn more.

First Generation College Students: Breaking the Cycle. National Youth Leadership Council. Discusses
the barriers that first generation college students face, and how you can use the film First Generation to spread information and jump-start related service-learning projects within your community. Wed., March 6 at 7:00pm ET. Learn more.

Lives on the Line: Why and How Mission-Driven Leaders Are Embracing performance Management.
Perform Well (a collaboration of Child Trends, Urban Institute, and Social Solutions). Explains why an agency-level theory-of-change is a necessary starting point for organizations to gain the clarity and focus it takes to produce meaningful, measurable outcomes for the people who rely on them. Learn more. 
Events
Advocacy Fair 
Advocacy Fair for Adults 50+.
New York City Department for the Aging, UJA-Federation of New York, and Coming of Age NYC. Manhattan. Wed. March 6 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Contact Jacob Stolar at 212-991-6572 or email jpac@jasa.org.

Conferences
Service Speaks: 2013 Annual Conference. 
Lutheran Services in America. Washington, DC. April 8 to April 11, 2013. Learn more. 

Without Limits: 24th Annual National Service-Learning Conference.
National Youth Leadership Council in partnership with Earth Force.
Denver. March 13 to 16. Learn more.
 
Fundraiser 
Between the Lines. Generations Incorporated. Fifth annual fundraiser. Boston. Thurs., May 2 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Learn more.

Seminar 
Frail Older Adults: Building a Care System. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Shares tools and best practices from organizations that have developed and tested novel solutions to caring for frail older adults. Denver. March 20 to 21. Learn more.  

Summit 
My College OptionsŪ 6th Annual Education & Youth Research Summit.  National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ and the National Collaboration for youth. Save the date: May 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. More information to follow. 

Symposium 
Early Childhood Education for the Future:The Creative Use of Public-Private Partnerships to Provide Cost-Effective, High-Quality School Readiness Programs. The Illinois State Board of Education, The Illinois Resource Center/Early Childhood Professional Development, and Loyola University Chicago Child Law and Education Institute. Chicago. Fri., March 15. Learn more.

Workshop 

Putting Youth Participatory Evaluation into Practice: Lessons learned and innovations. University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Youth Development. Shares lessons and innovations from Detroit, Mich. and other cities that use youth participatory evaluation. Examines the implications of this evaluative practice in local communities and the field of youth work. Minneapolis. Thurs., March 14 from 8:30am to 12:00 noon CT. Or, attend online.   

In the News
The President's State of the Union Address prompted Joan Lombardi, Mary Catherine Bateson and Donna Butts to voice their support for high quality education initiatives in "State of the Union Unites Generations", an opinion piece that appeared in a recent edition of the Huffington Post. Read the piece now -- and "like" it.

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, recently wrote an essay, "A New Vision for Retirement: Productive and Meaningful," for the Harvard Business Review website. In it he advocates for people over 50 to find new ways to stay involved in their communities. Read the article.

 

Quote
"President Obama's State of the Union address marked an important moment for America's families. Much of what he proposed...aims to strengthen families and our communities. The president is advocating for investments in a future that protects and supports all of us, from precious newborns to our beloved elders..."
Mary Catherine Bateson, Joan Lombardi, and Donna Butts  

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