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 Volume 8, Issue 14
April 3, 2013
2013 Public Policy Agenda Available

Generations United is pleased to share our Public Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress. It calls on Congress to ensure that individuals of every age are protected in the challenging economic climate. View the full public policy agenda and contact your members of Congress to urge them to take action to protect children, families and older adults in their ongoing budget decisions. Not sure how to best communicate with your members of congress? Here are some tips.   


The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) also is calling on service providers and their supporters to act now to urge Congress and the White House to end further cuts to human development programs, particularly those in the Non-Defense Discretionary budget.   


In addition to advocating for a sector-wide focus on preventing further funding cuts, NHSA and its leading members have compiled key policy recommendations in Investing in Our Future. For more information, contact NHSA Policy Director Hayling Price

Book Now for the 17th International Conference
After a long, exciting day at our upcoming conference (July 30 to Aug. 2), you'll want to retreat to a relaxing sanctuary. Book now so you'll have a comfy room at the Washington Court Hotel, where most of the conference activities will take place. The hotel is located at  525 New Jersey Ave, Washington, DC  20001. 

Simply book your room online today or call (800) 321-3010. Be sure to tell them you're part of the Generations United conference to get our special conference rates.

Room Rates:
Single Room: $184 plus taxes

Double Room: $194 plus taxes

Grail Lent concentrates on rolling his egg to the finish line.
Talia and Elise Bradley happily pose with the Easter Bunny. 
On a Roll!
Two members of the Generations United staff -- Jaia Peterson Lent and Leah Bradley -- were able to snag tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll held this past Monday. Needless to say, they and their kids had a hoppin' good time.
First Lady to Serve as Honorary Chair of Global Youth Service Day
YSA, on behalf of its partner organizations, and the millions of young people preparing for Global Youth Service Day, has announced that First Lady Michelle Obama is serving as the honorary chair of Global Youth Service Day (April 26 to 28, 2013). She and the entire Administration are making young people and national service a priority. Mrs. Obama is a role model to so many young people in the United States and around the world. Because of her leadership, more children and teens will step up to begin a lifetime of service on Global Youth Service Day.
Calling All Beautiful Minds 

The National Center for Creative Aging and DSM Nutritional Products, LLC are seeking adults 55 and over to be featured in a national photo essay exhibit. The exhibit will showcase women and men who are doing beautiful things with their minds without letting age be a barrier. Their stories, in photos, will travel to multiple cities as part of this educational campaign to inspire Americans to follow suit in maintaining their brain health. Beautiful Minds candidates who are selected will receive $100 to be given to the nonprofit charity of their choice and a prize package valued at $500. Nominations are due by April 15, 2013. Learn more. 

Check Out This Revolution...of Responsibility
The 4H Mesa Goathill Go-Getters, a group of caring youngsters, recently launched a "Revolution of Responsibility." Their goal is to better senior citizens living at home with safety equipment and educating them of organizations that loan devices out at no cost. Watch their terrific little video and learn more.
Help Round Up Scholarships for Girls, Inc.
Girls Inc. has teamed up with JCPENNEY to raise over $1,000,000 in college scholarship funds for Girls Inc. girls! Throughout the entire month of April, all JCPENNEY customers, in stores across the country and online at 
will be invited to ROUND-UP their purchases to raise funds for this important mission. Please help by spreading the word and rounding-up for girls! Learn more.     
Keep Current with The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
Stay on the cutting edge of intergenerational research, practice methods, and policies with a subscription to The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR). It's the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field that integrates practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives. Generations United members receive a discount on their subscriptions. Learn more.
Materials Now Available for National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
If you're serious about preventing teen pregnancy, you'll want to take a gander at the materials developed for the 2013 National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (May 1, 2013). This year, materials include colorful buttons, pens, and lanyards to help you publicize the event and encourage teens to participate. Learn more. 
Become a Program of Distinction
Is your intergenerational program innovative? Effective? Addressing a need in your community? Then you should apply to become a Program of Distinction. The application is comprehensive, so get started now! Application deadline: May 1. Learn more.
Show Your Support for National Service
Voices for National Service and ServiceNation, in partnership with AmeriCorps Alums, are launching the first ever "I Serve Because..." Video Contest. If you are passionate about the promise of national service, watch this "I Serve Because..." video from US Senator Tom Harkin, then submit a video of your own. As Sen. Harkin explains, "The future of national service depends on your voice being heard." 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. 


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
Discussion Paper
Food Stamps, Food Sufficiency, and Diet-Related Disease among the Elderly. The Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Suggests that fixed-income elderly, who often have high medical needs, can gain better levels of health care and diet-related outcomes through SNAP participation, though the impact on food security is limited. Download the paper.

That's a Family! Groundspark. Breaks new ground in helping children in grades K-8 understand the different shapes families take today. Comes with an extensive discussion and teaching guide that includes lesson plans to use with the film. Learn more.

Online Resources
Healthy Food Access Portal. Policy Link, The Food Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund. Works to increase access to healthy food by offering aggregated, useful content and encouraging users to add stories, questions, and tips on healthy food retailing in their communities. Learn more.

CEELO Website. The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO). Offers access to research and resources designed to help state leaders foster sustainable change in policy and practice for children birth through third grade.

Expanding Minds and Opportunities. Expanded Learning & Afterschool: Opportunities for Student Success. Collects studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders on how quality expanded learning opportunities promote student success and college/career readiness, build youth assets, foster partnerships, and engage families in their children's learning. Learn more. 


Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America. The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, the RELATE Institute, and the National Campaign. Examines the causes and consequences of delayed marriage. Learn more.


Making Children and Families a Priority: Raising the Bar. 2013 CWLA National Conference. CWLA. Washington, DC. April 14-17, 2013. Learn more.

2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference and Grantee Meeting.

Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition and ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Boston. October 15-18, 2013. Learn more.

In the News
In her latest Huffington Post piece, Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts talks about how the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is helping grandfamilies stretch their budgets. Read "Working for the Tax Man? For Grandfamilies Not Anymore."

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Paul Krugman asserts that "deficit scolds" have done far more damage to future generations than the federal debt ever did. Read "Cheating Our Children."

National Public Radio (NPR) recently ran a heart-warming story about Millie Gordon. Read "86-Year-Old Music Teacher A Hit Among Jailed N.C. Youths."
"You have an unprecedented ability to organize and to mobilize, to challenge old assumptions, and to bridge old divides, and to find new solutions to our toughest problems.Young people around the world must reach out to help others realize their talents and make their voices heard." - First Lady Michelle Obama speaking to youth about Global Youth Service Day

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