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 Volume 8, Issue 19
May 8, 2013
17th International Conference
Everything You Wanted to Know about Conference Content...and More! 
If you've been itching to see the workshop and session content for our upcoming conference, you're in luck. Our conference website now has all the information you need to select the best sessions that suit your individual needs. Take a look at your many choices.

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Testimony on Importance of Family Connections Grants
Five years ago this fall, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 was signed into law. Generations United and our partners successfully advocated for it to include a number of provisions to help grandfamilies. The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees are now holding hearings to examine how the child welfare system is working after the implementation of this law. Recently, Generations United briefed Senate finance committee staff and submitted testimony on the importance of the Family Connections Grants the law made possible. Read the testimony. 
May Is National Foster Care Month...You Can Change a Lifetime!
Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 380,000 children and youth under 18 in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved -- as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers, or in other ways. Learn more.

NCFA Releases "Paths to Permanence: Kin Guardianship and Adoption"
May is National Foster Care Month, and as part of its latest issue of the Adoption Advocate, the National Council For Adoption (NFCA) includes "Paths to Permanence" by NCFA legal fellow Jamel Rowe. The article, which is downloadable, highlights the benefits of kin adoption and examines some of the common issues faced by relative caregivers. It also provides recommendations and resources. Learn more. 
New Documentary Debuts
In 2006, a new community-based public school opened in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, where one-third of residents live in poverty. It seemed a dream come true, but then realities surfaced. The powerful documentary, "The New Public," follows the students, parents and educators over four years as they work to transform education and confront very real opportunity gaps. Learn more.
NCOA: Time to Create a Long-Term Care System that Works for All

For the last two years, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has been helping to lead a coalition called Caring Across Generations. Together, they've developed a plan to create a care system that is good for older adults and their caregivers. This plan has the support of nearly 1 million care consumers, home care workers, and seniors from all over the country. Lend your support. Learn more. 

The Generations Initiative Launches New Website
Visit the new website of The Generations Initiative where you'll: learn more about what the initiative does; view and download the story of demographic change in the U.S.; access incredible experts working on various aspects of demographic change; find ground-breaking articles, reports, and videos; and much more! Learn more.
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. Applications due: May 24. Learn more. 

Zero to Three's National Training Institute Set for December

Zero to Three is holding its 28th National Training Institute (NTI) this Dec. 11 to 14 in San Antonio. NTI is your source for the most vital science, policy, and practice in the field. At the institute, connect with a network of like-minded professionals who share your passion for work with young children and their families while you learn with your peers and NTI's expert faculty from across the nation and around the world. Learn more. 

UN Celebrates International Day of Families
On May 15, the UN is celebrating the International Day of Families with a panel discussion on "Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity." Panelists will include Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts, who will speak on Advancing Intergenerational Solidarity. Watch for a summary of the panel discussion.
Generations United Welcomes KAETA
Generations United extends a hardy welcome to our new member, KAETA, which promotes an entertaining and educational dialogue between older and younger generations of Americans through shared experiences in the arts. KAETA sponsors collaborative events designed to promote healthy interaction and understanding between school-aged children and senior citizens.  
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.  


Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The Drucker Institute. Seeks nonprofit organizations that best demonstrate Druckerʼs definition of innovation: "change that creates a new dimension of performance." First-place prize of $100,000. Deadline: 3:00pm PT on July 1, 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
Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice. Vera Institute of Justice. Describes how to assess whether a program qualifies as evidence-based, and how to prepare to evaluate programs. Learn more. 


Online Resources

National Resource Directory. Connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, and their families and caregivers with organizations and programs that support them. Learn more. 



The State of Preschool 2012: State Preschool Yearbook. National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Shows that state funding for preschool across the nation dropped after nearly 10 years of growth. 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.
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. Learn more.

Having it All: Girls and Financial Literacy. Girl Scouts of the USA.
Highlights the results of a study on girls and financial literacy conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute. Examines Girl Scouts' national program portfolio and offers a perspective on federal policy and resources for promoting financial education among young people. Mon., May 13 at 2:00pm ET. Learn more.

Orientation Webinar for Website.The Wallace Foundation, in partnership with Fiscal Management Associates. Offers tour of this new webite that offers a free suite of online resources about nonprofit financial management issues.Tues., May 14, 3:00pm ET.  Learn more.

Are You Ready? Planning and Preparing for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED).

One in a series of webinars designed to help interested individuals and organizations plan a variety of community events to celebrate National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July. Wed., May 15, at 1:00 pm ET. Learn more.


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. Learn more.

Using Social Media to Advance Your Mission.
Explores how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other tools to communicate with older adults, share ideas with professionals in your network, and more. Wed., May 29 at 3:00pm 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

A recent article by Carol Morello that appeared in the Washington Post described why so many Washington-area boomers are flocking to retirement communities. In response, Donna Butts wrote a Letter to the Editor noting that age-segregated communities have many positives but also some downsides. 


A recent Associated Press article noted that city leaders in Lawrence, Kan. are considering a proposal for a new type of retirement community that would combine housing for younger people with a continuing care retirement community for the elderly.

"We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home and the most to institutionalize him." -- Marian Wright Edelman 

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