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 Volume 8, Issue 18
May 1, 2013
Funding Alert: Grants for Jumpstart Youth-Led Intergenerational Projects

Generations United and MetLife Foundation are awarding $1,000 jumpstart grants (along with technical assistance) to organizations to develop creative, youth-led intergenerational programs that address challenges in their communities. Priority will be given to programs focusing on technology and/or building stronger, healthier communities.  Initiatives must be youth-led and engage youth and older adults. Submit your application in writing or via a short video or other multi-media presentation. Applications due: May 24. Grantees will also have the opportunity to participate in a youth leadership training and educational opportunities at the Generations United Conference in Washington, DC this summer. Learn more. 

17th International Conference
We Have a Great Site Visit Planned in Richmond, Y'all! 

Join us in Richmond, Virginia to see intergenerational programs in action. Our day will include visiting a shared site adult day care and child day care facility on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and visiting Westminster Canterbury Richmond, a shared site with a child day care on a continuing care retirement community campus.


During lunch, you will engage in a CATCH Healthy Habits Demonstration put on by OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits. The program encourages children (grades K-5) to increase physical activity and improve nutrition through a series of sessions facilitated by trained lay adult volunteers, age 50-plus. Learn more. 


In the coming weeks, we'll share more details about the myriad workshops, roundtables, poster sessions, and other keynotes you don't want to miss! Register now.  (Advanced Registration deadline is May 24.)
Tell Us Why You're Coming to the Conference
Whether you're a veteran of Generations United's past international conferences or a newcomer, we welcome your comments on why you plan to attend the 17th International Conference. We'd like to post your comments on our webpage and in tweets (so think 140 characters!). We look forward to hearing from you. Send your post to
New Guide on Measuring Evidence-Based Success

Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice from the Vera Institute of Justice describes the process for assessing whether a program qualifies as evidence-based, which often determines an organization's funding and the growth of its client pool. The guide explains how to prepare to evaluate programs. The guide is part of the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change initiative. Learn more. 

NIEER Releases State of Preschool Yearbook 


This week the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released the findings of The State of Preschool 2012: State Preschool Yearbook. The report shows that state funding for preschool across the nation dropped after nearly 10 years of growth. Twenty-seven of the 40 states that fund preschool reported declines in spending per child.The report attributes the decline primarily to the recession and drop-off in federal stimulus dollars. It  suggests the findings raise serious concerns about the quality and availability of pre-K education for most young learners in the U.S. Learn more.
Apply for the Eisner Prize!
The Eisner Foundation has begun accepting applications for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. The prize is a substantial cash award given annually to recognize excellence by an individual or a non-profit organization in uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their community. Learn more.


Obama Administration Simplifies, Shortens Application for Health Insurance
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the application for health coverage has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals without health insurance has been reduced from 21 to three pages, and the application for families is reduce by two-thirds. The consumer friendly forms are much shorter than industry standards for health insurance applications today.
Teens and Elders: Mind the Gap!
The New York Theatre Workshop is now accepting applications for the summer session of Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop. The workshop pairs teens (14 to 18) and older adults (60 and above) to interview each other and write a play based on their life stories. Application deadline is May 17. 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.

Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education. USA Funds. Seeking proposals for programs that provide educational support services benefiting low- income students, first-generation students, students of color, foster youth, and adult learners in an effort to increase their persistence to complete college. Deadline: May 24. 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.  


Safeway Foundation Grants. Supports nonprofits providing services in four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. Deadlines: quarterly and biannual.

World We Want Foundation. Seeks applications from youth for social change projects through social action activities, community service, service-learning, and social change. Deadline: Rolling.   Youth Service America (YSA) Grants. Each year, YSA supports youth-led service with over $1 million in YSA Grants. Learn more.        
Great Resources

Age-Friendly Communities: The Movement to Create Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old in America. Grantmakers in Aging. Offers private philanthropies and government funders ways to tackle the challenges and maximize the possibilities of an aging population. Learn more.


Helping Children Cope with Disaster. American Red Cross and FEMA.

Provides suggestions for parents and caregivers helping children after stressful or traumatic events. Learn more.


Stop Bullying: A Community Action Toolkit. Helps grassroots organizations activate a response to bullying. Learn more.


Online Resources

Profile of Older Americans: 2012. Administration on Aging. Offers latest key statistics on older Americans in key subject areas. Learn more. 



Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place. MetLife Mature Market Institute, Stanford Center on Longevity, and University of Michigan School of Social Work. Offers tips on indicators and a low-cost way for communities to assess the needs of their aging populations.


Youth Impact: Evaluating Your Impact and Celebrating Success!  

National Youth Leadership Council. Shows ways to recognize the impact and success of service-learning projects. Wed., May 1 at 7:00 pm ET.


A Global Look at Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Strategies for Success. 

Office of Adolescent Health. Examines how teen pregnancy outcomes in the United States compare globally, and what we can learn from teen pregnancy prevention efforts abroad. Thurs., May 2 at 2:00pm ET. Learn more.

Strength-Based Grant Writing. Offers methods to promote your organization's strengths and create positive change. Thurs., May 2 at 2:00pm ET. 

Writing Capacity Building Grants. Explains what funders are looking for the introduction, needs statement, objectives, and evaluation components of capacity building grant requests. Wed., May 8 at 2:00pm ET.Using Outcome Data to Tell Your Story. Discusses methods to collect the data you need, how to use data-driven stories to communicate your message, and ways to tailor your story. Thurs., May 16 at 2:00pm ET.
2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference and Grantee Meeting.

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

"Answers on Aging." National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's 38th Annual Conference & Tradeshow. Louisville. July 27-31, 2013. Learn more.   


Gray Panthers National Conference. Washington, DC. Oct. 27-28, 2013.  

In the News
Sally Abrahms takes a look at multigenerational living in the April issue of AARP Bulletin in her article, "3 Generations Under One Roof."
In her article in US News and World Report, journalist Emily Brandon looks at "Places Where Workers Pay the Most Into Social Security."
"Because [grandparents] are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations."  - Former President Jimmy Carter  

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