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 Volume 8, Issue 24
June 12, 2013
Congrats to 2013 Youth Jumpstart Grantees

Generations United and MetLife Foundation are pleased to announce the 2013 Youth Jumpstart Grantees. Each is a youth-led project designed to promote intergenerational solutions to societal challenges and build stronger communities. This year's emphasis was on technology programs and other programs that strengthen communities. Congrats to the following:   

  • C&T Youth Technology Academy, Rockville, MD
  • Cache Valley Volunteer Center, Logan, UT
  • The Carmel Foundation, Carmel, CA
  • Center in the Park, Philadelphia, PA 
  • City-Wide Resident Council, St. Paul, MN
  • Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
  • Imagine Englewood If...NFP, Chicago, IL 
  • Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center, St. Paul, MN
  • Lake Superior School District #381, Two Harbors, MN

Learn more.

Get Credit for Attending our 17th International Conference!
You now have an opportunity to earn CEU credits while learning about the latest and greatest in intergenerational policies, research, programs and practice. You can earn up to 2.5, 3.5 or 4.5 continuing educational credits through Penn State University, depending on your attendance at the site visit to Richmond and a pre-conference. You must register in advance ($30) for the Continuing Education Credits on your conference registration. Upon completing the conference, you will need to submit a reflection paper to Dr. Matt Kaplan, Penn State University.
Happy 90th to National Human Services Assembly!
We congratulate the National Human Services Assembly on 90 years of serving America's great nonprofit community. Read the tribute to the Assembly that ran earlier this week in the
Feeding America Releases Map the Meal Gap 2013

Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, has released "Map the Meal Gap 2013," which provides estimates of food insecurity at the county and congressional district level. Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's measure of the lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The report finds that food insecurity exists in virtually every county and congressional district in the nation.  


In addition to rates of food insecurity, "Map the Meal Gap 2013" estimates the relative cost of a meal by county, showing a range in meal cost as low as $1.85 in Maverick County, Texas to as high as $4.37 in Leelanau County, Michigan in the continental United States. Food secure individuals in the U.S. report spending an average $2.67 per meal. Learn more. 

Take Action Against Proposed SNAP Cuts!

The U.S. House and Senate are proposing $23 billion in cuts from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), through their respective five-year farm policy bills. Let U.S. House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid know that cutting SNAP will hurt our local economy and increase hunger/povertyamong people of all generations in America. Sign a petition to congressional leaders telling them to protect SNAP and not allow our kids to go hungry!

Education Update

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has released a draft of an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill. This process offers opportunities to include language to encourage intergenerational programming in schools. Amendments are likely to be introduced in October. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has drafted another bill that challenges Harkin's. Both bills move away from a strong federal accountability system, but in different directions.


And Rep. Judy Chu (CA) has introduced the DIPLOMA Act (Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement). The Act authorizes states to help local school districts build community-wide partnerships to address nutrition, health, personal safety, family stability, and other factors that determine how well children can perform in school. Learn more. 
Welcome New Members
We welcome two new organizations to our family of members this month: Sweet Readers, Inc., based in New York City, and Grandparent Family Connections, based in Baltimore, Md. We're happy to have you!
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Last Chance to Submit Eisner Prize Entry

The Eisner Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence! The prize is a $150,000 cash award designed 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. Nominations must be received on or before June 15, 2013. Learn more.  

Gear Up for Grandparents Day!
Generations United will be releasing our

2013 Grandparents Day: Take Action Guide in September. We will include activities that older adults and children can do together to build connections, make a lasting impact in their communities, and advocate on behalf of America's youth. Please share your ideas with us! Email your suggestions to

Kudos to King County Kinship Director

Congratulations to Kimberly Walker, director of King County Kinship who won Ms. Washington Plus America and will compete for the national title. Walker will raise national awareness about grandfamilies with her platform: Kinship Caregiving -- Helping grandparents who are raising the children in their family. Learn more.

Your Opinions Matter! Let's Hear Them!
International Pathways for Strengthening Intergenerational Perspectives is a pre-conference that will be held as part of the Generations United 17th International Conference. This pre-conference will focus on past, current and future international collaborative efforts regarding intergenerational practice.
Please complete a brief survey by June 14 to help us set the agenda.

Complete the survey. 

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.
National Innovative Partnerships for Addressing Obesity. Centers for Disease Control. Seeks innovative programs that address obesity by providing environmental supports that promote healthy eating and physical activity in places where people live, learn, and work. Deadline: June 24, 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.


Investing in Innovation. Department of Education. Seeks proposals that

support innovative practices to improve student achievement and student growth, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates, and increase college enrollment and completion rates. Deadline: July 2, 2013.


Grief Reach Grant Program. National Alliance for Grieving Children and New York Life Foundation. Seeks applications from Children's Bereavement Programs to expand their reach to include under-served youth populations (18 and under). Deadline: July 8, 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
Issue Briefs
Nurturing Change: State Strategies for Improving Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.ZERO to THREE. Looks at what states have done to address issues related to the funding for prevention and treatment strategies.Learn more.

The Vital Role of Adoption Subsidies: Increasing Permanency and Improving Children's Lives (While Saving States Money). North American Council on Adoptable Children. Helps individuals understand the value of adoption assistance and advocate to maintain these crucial benefits. Learn more. 


America's Health Rankings® Senior Report. United Health Foundation. Examines four determinants that affect the future health of the population. Learn more.   


Social Security Finances: Findings of the 2013 Trustees Report. National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Analyzes the health and stability of Social Security trust funds. Learn more.



School's Out, Now What? Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Provides tips to help everyone eat, move and drink for their health this summer.



Behavioral Health Needs Assessment Toolkit. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Helps state agencies better assess and meet the behavioral needs of their communities. Learn more.  

Grad Nation Community Guidebook. America's Promise Alliance. Offers approaches and tools that all communities-regardless of their size, location and challenges-can incorporate to raise graduation rates. Learn more.

Summer of Service Toolkit. Youth Service America (YSA). Offers a wide range of resources to launch service programs in your community.
Learn more.

Bully Prevention Training Module. Provides materials and guidance on how to create a community plan and event to prevent bullying, based on the latest research. Learn more.

Websites Federal government. Provides user-friendly information about mental health problems, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations on mental health. Learn more.

Office of Adolescent Health. Dept. of Health and Human Resources. Offers many new resources including an Fatherhood e-learning module. Learn more.

Understanding The Acting-Out Behavior Of Your Adopted Children
. North American Council on Adoptable children. Tues., June 18 at 8:00pm ET. Learn more.


Energize Our Families Parent Program. Let's Move Faith and Communities. Equips health leaders to run "Energize Our Families: Parent Program," part of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) science-based national education program We Can!  Wed., June 26 at 1:00pm ET. Learn more.


Helping Children Heal from Trauma: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Thurs., July 18 at 8:00pm ET. Learn more. 


Healing from Food Insecurity. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Thurs., Sept. 19 at 1:00pm ET. Learn more. 

Webinar Series
Grant Seeking. Grant Station. Offers multiple webinars to enhance your grant-seeking skills. Learn more.

2013 National School Safety Conference. School Safety Advocacy Council. Las Vegas. July 22-26, 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.     


"Thinking differently: New Hope for Our Children."  39th Annual Conference. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Toronto. Aug. 7-10, 2013. 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.


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

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

Dec. 11-14, 2013. Learn more.  

In the News
Last week, Donna Butts and John W. Rowe, author of Successful Aging, co-authored "Forever Young: A Path to Successful Aging," in the Huffington Post.

"Claim your age at every age. Let's change the conversation from burden to benefit so future generations don't fear aging, but embrace every age they ever are." -- John Rowe, MD and Donna Butts 

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