GU Logo  
 GTW Header

News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United

Featured Articles
Proud to Claim Their Age!
Happy B-day Social Security!
Stand Up and Stand Out
A Legacy of Art
Grandparents Day Action Guide
Eisner Prize Finalists
ABC Summer of Service Awards
Online Course
Stay Connected

 Volume 8, Issue 33
August 14, 2013
Proud to Claim Their Age!
On its Get Old website, Pfizer featured this photo of attendees proudly claiming their age at Generations United's 17th International Conference.
Pfizer developed Get Old to support a national conversation about aging and living better. The program challenges people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old in order to break self-imposed and societal limitations and discover a better quality of life at every age. Learn more.
Happy 78th Birthday to Social Security!
On this day, August 14, in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act -- a piece of legislation that has had an enormous and positive impact on the well-being of children, families, and older adults throughout the U.S. Still 78 years strong!
See a great video and learn more.

Also, check out the great animated video, Social Security: Americans Agree, that the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has created to show Americans' overwhelming support for Social Security.
You Oughta Be in Print!
Are you an intergenerational practitioner who has stories, reflections, and ideas to share? Then the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships invites you to submit a paper for publication. Unlike the scholarly papers found in the Journal, the articles from field practitioners are shorter and don't require lengthy citations. In other words, don't be afraid to submit something! Find out how to submit an article.

If you don't already subscribe to the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, you should! It's filled with information you can use to improve your program and expand your knowledge. As a member of Generations United, you can receive an online and print version of the Journal, which is published 4x a year, for a low rate of $65.Learn more.
New Campaign Urges Kids to Stand Up and Stand Out
Our colleagues at Camp Fire have launched a new campaign, "I'm Standing Up to Stand Out." The campaign encourages kids to take a stand for all the things that make them unique -- and not feel the pressure to fit in. Learn more.
A Legacy of Art
Art Cart: Saving the Legacy is presenting "Cherish the Legacy," an exhibition of works documenting artistic expression of 20th Century artists over a lifetime for the broader community. Two exhibitions will take place: one in New York City (Sept. 5-20) and in Washington, DC (Sept.11-29). Learn more.
Grandparents Day Take Action Guide Available
Grandparents Day is just around the corner (Sept. 8) and we have just the thing to make it a very special event -- our updated Grandparents Day Take Action Guide. The guide is crammed with great ideas for service projects and civic engagement activities that grandparents and all older adults can do with children and young people they know and care about. See for yourself!
Eisner Prize logo
Profiles of 2013 Eisner Prize Finalists

Each week, we will profile one of the five organizations that the Eisner Foundation has named as finalists for The 2013 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. The finalist will be named in October.  


Bridge Meadows (Portland, OR)  

Bridge Meadows develops and sustains intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of foster children. These neighborhoods promote permanency, community, and caring relationships, while offering safety and meaningful purpose in the daily lives of older adults.


Modeled after an exemplary program called Hope Meadows in rural Chicago and inspired by the Treehouse Foundation outside of Boston, Bridge Meadows was founded in 2004. The Hope Meadows and Treehouse programs are highly successful and well-respected, boasting impressive adoption rates over the last several years. At Hope Meadows, Treehouse and now, Bridge Meadows, children find loving adoptive homes, honorary grandparents, mentors, and an entire community poised to nurture them, fostering something they thought abandoned them long ago: a sense of hope. Learn more.  

ABC Summer of Service Awards
The American Broadcasting Company (ABC), in partnership with YSA, is calling on young change-makers to apply for an ABC Summer of Service Award. The ABC Summer of Service Awards recognize young people who are creating positive change through volunteering and service. Winners receive a $1,000 award to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Young change-makers, ages 5-18, nationwide are eligible to apply.

Going above and beyond to lead change in your community? Five exceptional ABC Summer of Service Award winners will receive an additional $5,000 award to continue their good work. Winners may be featured on ABC's Good Morning America. There is no separate application for these awards. Apply for an ABC Summer of Service Award through your nearest station to be considered. Learn more.
U of Pittsburgh Offers Intergenerational Course Online
This September, the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Generations is offering "Introduction to Intergenerational Programs," a well-respected online course developed by our esteemed colleague Sally Newman, PhD. 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.

Money Follows the Person Tribal Initiative Funding Opportunity. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Offers existing MFP state grantees and tribal partners the resources to build sustainable, community-based long- term services and supports (CB-LTSS) specifically for Indian country. Deadline: October 17, 2013. Learn more.


Pro Bono Professional Services to Nonprofit Organizations. Taproot Foundation.makes grants of pro bono professional consulting services, called Service Grants, through its Service Grant Program. 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.

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships. Sodexo Foundation. Invites applications for its STOP Hunger Scholarship program, which honors the efforts of young people working to end hunger in the United States. Applications accepted beginning October 5, 2013. Deadline: December 5, 2013. Learn more.

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. 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
Blueprint on the Employment of People with Disabilities.
National Governors Association. Offers practical advice on engaging people with disabilities in the workforce.
Learn more.

Call for Abstracts and Papers 
XVIII World Congress of Sociology Curriculum. International Sociological Association. Learn more.

Fall 2013 Conferences. International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR). Learn more.

National Kinship Care Conference: Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families. CWLA. Learn more.

Challenges and Contests
Care Counts: Educating Women and Families Challenge. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Seeks to raise awareness of the new health insurance marketplace and important benefits for women made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Total of $25,000 in prizes. Learn more.

"I Veto Violence Because..." Teen Dating Violence Public Service Announcement Contest. Provides an opportunity to offer creative ways to help prevent teen dating violence. Three $500 prizes will be awarded. Learn more. 

Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers: A Research-to-Practice, Competency-Based Training Program for Child Welfare Workers and Their Supervisors
. CWLA. presents a model of practice to teach professionals how to facilitate collaboration with kinship caregivers to enhance child safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in their care. Learn more.

Fact Sheets 
10 Facts About Youth Services.
Youth Service America. Highlights
the research and studies that cover how many youth serve, why they serve, why we need them to serve, and the many, many benefits and outcomes of youth service. Learn more. 

Smart Snacks in School. Dept. of Agriculture. Describes new nutrition standards for food sold in schools established in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It provides examples of acceptable foods before and after the new standards went into effect. Learn more.  

Issue Briefs
Helping Americans Age in Place.
Population Reference Bureau.Draws on findings from researchers on the health, economic circumstances, and social well-being of older Americans. Learn more.

Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families. Child Trends. Examines how having a parent in a war zone affects the health and well-being of children from birth to six years. Learn more.  
SNAP Benefits Will Be Cut for All Participants in 2013.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Includes the most updated data and a the impact on the cut on SNAP participants in each state. Learn more. 

SNAP Enrollment Remains High Because the Economy Is Still Weak.
 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Explains that, despite the fact that the unemployment rate is falling, employment levels remain stagnant and people need help purchasing food. Learn more.

The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults Aging in Place. Center for Technology and Aging. Examines how Internet-based technologies and mobile devices increasingly will support older adults aging in place.
Learn more.

Online Resources

Online Diabetes Workshop. National Council on Aging. Offers tips on nutrition and exercise, making informed treatment decisions, and communicating better with doctors. Learn more.



Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward. Educational Testing Service. Warns that with more than one in five children living in poverty, the United States faces worsening educational, economic, and social consequences if nothing is done to address the problem. Learn more.


Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America's New Non-Majority Generation. Foundation for Child Development. Examines how race, ethnicity, and immigration affect the well-being of children and youth in terms of a number of factors, including poverty, employment, income, health insurance, pre-K enrollment, and education outcomes.


Tools and Toolkits

Small Business Health Options Program. Simplifies the process for small businesses to buy health insurance. Learn more.

Tools for Advocates of Limiting Payday Lending. 
Center for Community Economic Development. Provides useful tools for limiting payday lending, which can mire consumers in perpetual debt. Learn more. 


How to Strengthen Financial Management. Wallace Foundation. Offers resources nonprofit organizations can use to strengthen their financial practices. Learn more.


Image Gallery. Shares infographics and photos to both educate and inspire on the topic of bullying. Learn more.



Younger Onset Dementia. National Institute on Aging and Administration for Community Living. Focuses on dementias that typically occur before the age of 65. Tues., Aug. 20 at 1:30pm ET. Learn more. 


Health Care for Aging Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. The Arc. Offers information on how to help provide the best care for adults with disabilities as they age. Wed. Aug. 21 at 2:00pm ET.

Becoming Evidence-based: Lessons from the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) and BUILD Chicago. Child Trends, Urban Institute, and Social Solutions. Explores the performance management issues associated with becoming evidence-based. Thurs., Aug. 22 at 3:00pm ET. Learn more.

Health Insurance Marketplace 101. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Includes an overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the Marketplace (Exchanges), highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace will work. Wed., Aug. 28 at 1:00pm ET. Register.


Fundraising and the Female Donor. Chronicle of Philanthropy. Offers tips on how to reach female donors who, according to research, are often overlooked yet are "far more generous than male donors." 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.

How Youth Learn. Offers research anecdotal material, documentation of exemplary practices, and educator resources. Learn more.
Intergenerational Summit on Why News Matters. Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Boston. Aug. 25-27, 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.


2013 Alliance National Conference. Alliance for Children and Families. Minneapolis. Oct. 16-18, 2013. Learn more.

"Trauma Informed Care: Through the Lens of Caregivers." 11th Annual Professional Conference. Grandparents as Parents. Los Angeles. Oct. 21, 2013. For more information, call 1-818-264-0880 or email Carmen Carcia.


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 2014  

25th Annual National Service Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 9-12, 2014. Learn more. 

Global Summit on Childhood 2014. Association for Childhood Education International. Vancouver, British Columbia. April 10-13, 2014. Learn more.  


National Kinship Care Conference: Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families. CWLA. New Orleans. Sept. 17-19, 2014. Learn more. 



"Break Barriers, Open Doors: For an Inclusive Society for All." International Day of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations. Dec. 3, 2013. Learn more. 

In the News
In her latest blog on Huffington Post, International Youth Day -- It's as Easy as ABC, Donna Butts talks about the importance of reaching out to the "bookend generations" -- older adults and teens -- to volunteer.

Mechanicsburg Life magazine recently profiled the Children's Family Center, a shared site in Mechanicsburg, Pa. that brings older adults together with children in day care. The article highlighted the center's GrandBears program directed by our good friend Denise Hirn.

"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." -- Franz Kafka 

Your Feedback Invited! 

We want Generations This Week to be a real resource to you. Send any news items about upcoming events, grants or publications you have to share. Or, just let us know how we can improve! My email is I'd love to hear from you!




Colleen Appleby-Carroll
Communications Coordinator
Generations United


Grand Magazine Cover Grand Magazine Cover

Treat Yourself GRAND!  


As a reader of Generations This Week, you can receive a complimentary subscription to GRAND, the online magazine by grandparents, for grandparents. That's a $19.95 value for 12 issues.


Apply for your subscription and get valuable offers, inspirational stories, and more. Each new, bimonthly issue will be delivered right to your inbox!