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 Volume 8, Issue 15
April 10, 2013
Donna Butts to Speak at Envision Film Festival
Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts will speak at The Envision Film Festival in New York tomorrow (April 11). The festival honors aspiring filmmakers whose visual storytelling explores the range of human experience with hopeful vision, artistry, truthfulness and integrity. You can be part of the festival by watching the live-stream webcast from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Donna will be speaking at the session scheduled for 2:15pm to 3:15pm.
17th International Conference
Guess Who's Coming to Keynote?
Celebrated author Judith Viorst and innovator Matthew Ross Smith will deliver keynote addresses at the final day of Generations United's upcoming 17th International Conference (July 30 to Aug. 2 in Washington, DC). Viorst, whose children's books, novel and nonfiction are known to generations, will talk about "Life Lessons from Under Eight til over Eighty." Smith, who founded the Spaces Between Your Fingers Project, will discuss the special workshops he runs to help people with Alzheimer's and dementia to author and preserve their memories. Learn more.
These Friday keynotes are among the many inspirational moments you'll share at the conference. In the coming weeks, we'll be giving you a sneak peak at the myriad workshops, roundtables, poster sessions, and other keynotes you don't want to miss! Register now.
Like What You're Reading in GTW? Sign Up Your Colleagues!
If you get a lot out of reading Generations This Week, share the wealth and sign up your friends and colleagues. We'll keep you in the know about the latest intergenerational developments. As always, please feel free to let us know of any events, reports, or other news you'd like to share or you'd like to hear about. We're here for you!
Strut Your Stuff and Become a Program of Distinction
Is your intergenerational program innovative? Effective? Addressing a need in your community? Then get the notice you deserve by applying to become a Program of Distinction. All 2012 and 2013 Program of Distinction desginees will be honored at our 17th International Conference (July 30 to Aug. 2 in Washington, DC). The application is comprehensive, so get started now! Application deadline: May 1. Learn more.
Enter "Heroes of Geriatric Care" Story Contest
Enter the John A. Hartford Foundation "Heroes of Geriatric Care" Story Contest by April 15 and win $3,000 and other cash prizes! Help the world understand the need for better geriatric care by submitting your story about how geriatric expertise (in any profession or discipline) saved the day.  Providers, patients -- almost anyone -- can submit stories (in written, audio or video files) to, where you can also submit questions. Learn more. 
Join the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00am. to 2:00pm. This is a great opportunity to safely, conveniently and responsibly dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs and learn about the potential for abuse of these medications. Learn more.  

Find Out What's Cooking in Europe
For a comprehensive look at how European nations are creating a "Society for All Ages," you will want to download a new report from the European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL). The report is based on findings from a series of roundtable events held across Europe by EMIL members. The discussions brought together an audience of people of different ages to consider a number of key questions from their own national perspective. The comprehensive final report includes individual reports and recommendations from each participating country. Download the report.
European Grandparents Face "Care Gap Crisis"
For a fascinating look at how and why grandparents across Europe are facing a "care gap crisis," you need to read Grandparenting in Europe, a new major academic study from the British charity, Grandparents Plus. It shows how grandparents are playing an increasingly important but invisible role providing essential childcare for free while parents work. It also explores the downside of this trend: that this  "vital but invisible role in childcare, whether intensive, regular or occasional threatens their ability to self finance their old age," according to Sam Smethers, chief executive of Grandparents Plus. Download the report.
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. Those 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. 

Make Your JCPENNEY Purchase Really Count -- for Girls!
Girls Inc. has teamed up with JCPENNEY to raise over $1,000,000 in college scholarship funds for Girls Inc. girls! Throughout the month of April, all JCPENNEY customers, in stores or online at  will be invited to ROUND-UP their purchases to raise funds for this important mission. 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.
Have You Planned Your OAM Activities?

The start of Older Americans Month (OAM) is less than one month away. The Administration for Community Living wants to help you get ready to "Unleash the Power of Age" and celebrate 50 years of Older Americans Month. The updated Older Americans Month website for 2013, now offers:     

  • Activity Ideas on how you can celebrate Older Americans Month locally.
  • Social Media Gallery where you can promote Older Americans Month to your social media network, using Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
  • Download Center which includes a collection of images for your organization's website, and text for newsletters.  ACL has also provided a template for a proclamation your community can u se to officially designate May as Older Americans Month.
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. 
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. 


Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Seeks individuals and entities to provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Deadline: June 7, 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. Learn more. 



Expanding Minds and Opportunities. Expanded Learning & Afterschool: Opportunities for Student Success. Explores 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. 

Inequalities at the Starting Line: State Kindergarten Policies.  Education Commission of the States. Examines policies -- including availability, funding, length of day, quality of instruction, standards and curriculum, and student assessment -- on kindergarten programs in all 50 states. 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.



Protect Your Finances: Tips to Avoid Financial Fraud. AARP and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Discusses spotting common warning signs of a scam, researching if investment products are right for you, and checking out your financial professional. Tues., April 23 at 2:00pm ET. 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
Read the terrific article, "3 Generations Under One Roof," by Sally Abrahms that appeared in the April edition of AARP Bulletin. The article quotes our own Donna Butts! 
"What was striking was the consistent picture that emerged of all nations seeing strong relationships between the generations as essential for the future and the concern that was expressed between the generations for models of mutual support and engagement." - Alan Hatton-Yeo, CEO, Beth Johnson Foundation, regarding the new study, Grandparenting in Europe. 

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