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 Volume 8, Issue 20
May 15, 2013
17th International Conference
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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. 

Donna Butts Invited to Speak at Envision 2013
In April, Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts spoke at Envision 2013: Stories of the Global Health Challenge. Held annually, this forum is a partnership between the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and the United Nations Department of Public Information. One of the central components of Envision is a segment called The Pitch Session, in which innovators and experts in a specific field give audio-visual presentations. Afterward documentary filmmakers ask questions and give feedback with the intention of nurturing partnerships between those with inspiring stories to tell and those who know how to tell them. See Donna's pitch, which begins approximately 2 min. into the video.
San Diego Takes Intergenerational Living Seriously...
Very Seriously
The County of San Diego in California understands the value of intergenerational living. The county government just added four new intergenerational coordinators to their staff! San Diego was among one of  five recipients of the MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Awards in 2012. Think there might be a connection? Congrats to this forward-thinking community.
MetLife Mature Market Institute Releases Tips on Creating a Livable Community

To help towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. make their communities friendly to an aging population, the MetLife Mature Market Institute has released Creating a Livable Community: Engaging All Generations and Improving Quality of Life. The new publication contains specific solutions for intergenerational living in the areas of housing, transportation, safety, health care, support services, retail services, and social integration. It was produced in conjunction with Generations United. Learn more.

Legacy Project Announces Winners of Listen to a Life Essay Contest
After poring through the thousands of entries received from coast to coast, judges for the Legacy Project's annual Listen to a Life Essay Contest chose the winners. For the contest, a young person (8 to 18 years of age) interviews an older adult aged 50 or over about their life experiences -- their dreams and goals, obstacles they overcame, pivotal moments, how they found hope -- and submits a 300-word essay. The youngest entrant this year was nine years old, the oldest was 101 years old.  

The next Listen to a Life Contest starts on National Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 8, 2013. Learn more. 

Nominate Someone Special for Grandparent of the Year
Do you know a special person who goes above and beyond for their grandkids or others? Get them some recognition by nominating them for 
Grandparent Of The Year! The contest is sponsored by GRAND magazine. (And see the ad at the bottom of this newsletter to get a complimentary subscription to the magazine.)  
Join the Challenge: Spread the Word About Abuse of Prescription Drugs
Abuse of prescription drugs remains a huge problem for our youth, resulting in $56 billion per year in productivity loss, health care costs and a strain on the criminal justice system.


To help address prescription misuse and mental health in teens, SAMHSA and the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) have created five new teen-friendly webpages of resources to help young people understand, cope and reach out to peers with these issues. Along with the resources, they have launched a Pass it Forward Challenge. Deadline is June 7. Learn more. 

Stagebridge Program Raises Student Test Scores
A recent study from Berkeley's Data Driven Decisions found that a storytelling program involving older adults and economically disadvantaged children had significant improvements on the children's language art skills and test scores. Stagebridge, a theatre company for older adults launched the "Storybridge Listening and Speaking Program" in 2004 to bring seniors into San Francisco classrooms to assist students in comprehension, writing, performing, and other activities. The study concluded that students who participated in the program improved their reading and writing skills as well as their scores on standardized tests. Learn more.
New Award Honors Innovative Programs Addressing Needs of Alzheimer Caregivers

If your organization has a unique program that addresses the needs of Alzheimer caregivers, you could receive $20,000 for your efforts. Through a grant from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the National Center on Caregiving (part of the Family Caregiver Alliance) will present three such awards. One $20,000 award will be granted in each of three categories: Creative Expression; Diverse/Multicultural Communities; and Policy and Advocacy. 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 to create a care system that is good for older adults and their caregivers. Nearly 1 million care consumers, home care workers, and seniors support the effort. Lend your support. 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.  


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

Online Resources

Healthy People E-Learning. Explores the challenges, successes, and processes involved in creating and sustaining healthier communities. Each features a case study of a community working to achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives (such as those related to childhood obesity). Learn more.


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



Strengthening Social Security: Views Among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and White Americans. National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Compares views on Social Security among African American, Hispanic, and white American adults in order to better understand Americans' views on Social Security and ways to strengthen the program for the future. Learn more.

Child Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing Maltreatment.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Synthesizes the best evidence in the field of child maltreatment (including parenting interventions and enhanced foster care approaches) and identifies critical areas to address.
Learn more.

Finding the Right College for You - Tools & Resources. US Dept. of Education. Provides tools for youth and their families to compare important information, such as college costs, average student loan debt, and graduation rates across different institutions. 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.

Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach for Youth Across Service Sectors. Provides an overview of trauma and the effect it can have on youth development. Explains how to use trauma-informed interventions in a range of youth service systems to improve outcomes for youth.Tues., May 21 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. Learn more.
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.   


28th National Training Institute (NTI). ZERO to THREE. San Antonio.  

Dec. 11-14, 2013. Learn more.  

In the News

Our colleagues Drs. Joan Lombardi and Mary Catherine Bateson weighed in on the need to support high-quality early education in a new Huffington Post opinion piece, "Uniting Across the Generations to Assure a Strong Start for Children."


In an article on the AARP website, writer Sally Abrahms looks at "Improving Transportation Services for Seniors" and describes four successful transportation programs.   

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love." - Actress Sophia Loren 

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Colleen Appleby-Carroll
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Generations United


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