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Intergenerational Month
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 Volume 8, Issue 35
August 28, 2013
Brand New Intergenerational Initiative Launched Today!
Mentor Up is a new way to make a difference from AARP Foundation. The effort will coordinate a variety of intergenerational youth-led service engagement activities across the U.S. Mentor Up is a "reverse mentoring" effort, which draws on the activism, digital savvy and engaging spirit of a younger generation to lead opportunities that benefit older adults who may need assistance in  daily life; enhance the lives of older adults through services and connections such as technology literacy and meaningful relationships; and bring generations together. Learn more on the website, and be a part of the excitement by "liking" Mentor Up on facebook: and following the initiative on twitter: (@mentorup)

Generations United is thrilled to be one of the national partners in this efforts, and will soon issue an Letter of Inquiry for youth-led intergenerational programs aimed at creating relationships and providing service to older adults. Stay tuned!
San Diego Conference & Resource Fair Kicks Off Grandparents Day
On Sept. 7, as a prelude to Grandparents Day (Sun. Sept. 8), our good friends in San Diego are holding a free conference and resource fair for grandparents and other relative caregivers raising young children. The event offers an opportunity for grandfamilies to meet with service providers and advocates, learn about community resources and support, and meet other grandfamilies with similar needs. The event will take place at a main location and three satellite locations throughout the county. Two of the keynote speakers are long-time Generations United colleagues Stacey Walker and the Rev. Dr. Clifford D. Barnett Sr. Learn more.
You Won't Find a Better Back-to-School Bargain!
Here's a great edition to any library: Connecting Generations: Integrating Aging Education and Intergenerational Programs with Elementary and Middle School Curricula. The book offers educators of any venue with a user friendly guide to creating meaningful intergenerational programs. It includes lesson plans that you can use with any youth organization or incorporate into existing school curricula. And we're offering it for just $10 per copy. To order your copy -- or copies! -- by emailing Bettina Thorpe-Tucker.
New Listen to a Life Essay Contest
The Legacy Project is launching its next Listen to a Life Essay Contest on Grandparents Day, Sept. 8.
To enter the contest, youth participants interview a grandparent or grandfriend about their life experiences and submit a 300-word story based on their interview. This annual contest offers a meaningful learning and social experience, and an opportunity for students to have their writing read and recognized by a wider audience. The Legacy Project runs the Listen to a Life Contest in partnership with Generations United. Learn more.
Intergeneration Month Is Moving to September
Intergeneration Month, the highly successful campaign to connect generations through storytelling and other activities is moving to the month of September. The month will now coincide with celebration of Grandparents Day, celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day (this year the date is Sept. 8.) Visit Intergeneration Month for ideas, resources, and tips. Learn more.
Grandparents Day Take Action Guide Available
Grandparents Day is just around the corner (Sept. 8) and our updated Grandparents Day Take Action 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!
Generations United Issues Statement to UN Working Group on Aging
Earlier this month, Generations United weighed in on discussions by the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Aging about holding a UN convention on Human Rights for oider persons. Dr. Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson of Dowling College read the statement to the working group. Both she and Dr. Kevin Brabazon of New York University represented Generations United at the event. Read our statement.
Are You Ready for the New Health Insurance Marketplace?
Get all the information you need about the new health insurance marketplace by visiting the website of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
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Profiles: 2013 Eisner Prize Finalists

Each week, we are profiling 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.  

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO)  

Now in its 20th year of "Bridging the Generations through Music," NJIO provides opportunities for musicians of varying ages and abilities to study and perform orchestral music. NJIO has over 100 members who have ranged in age from 6 to 92, with a wide variety of musical talents and backgrounds, coming from over 40 different communities in northern and central New Jersey. NJIO is a unique organization where musicians young and old come together to experience the joy of making music together. NJIO seeks to blend a vision of artistic excellence with a strong educational component, setting our artistic goals as high as possible while being welcoming to all ages and skill levels.

NJIO shares its love for classical music by presenting free community concerts and numerous outreach performances throughout the area, seeking to entertain, educate and inspire its audiences. 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
Call for Abstracts and Papers  
2013 Global Summit on Childhood. The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). 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.

Introduction to Intergenerational Programs.
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Generations. 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.  

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.


Identifying Gaps & Opportunities in Financial Aid Services.
America's Promise Alliance. Offers recommendations for strengthening financial aid information- and service-delivery. Learn more.

Trends in State Funded Preschool Programs 20001-2002 to 2011-2012.
  NIEER and CEELO. Explores trends in enrollment, spending, and quality standards in state-funded pre-K over a decade. Learn more.


Tools and Toolkits

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


"Imagine Innovate Inspire." 2013 Conference and Expo. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Washington, DC. Nov. 20-23, 2013. Learn more.  


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

Dec. 11-14, 2013. Learn more.  


In 2014  

2014 National Bullying Conference. School Safety Advocacy Council. 

Orlando, Fla. Feb. 26-28, 2014. Learn more. 


25th Annual National Service Learning Conference.S 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. 



"Cherish the Legacy." Art Cart: Saving the Legacy. Two exhibitions will take place: one in New York City (Sept. 5-20) and in Washington, DC (Sept.11-29). 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
Read the latest Huffington Post blog by Donna Butts and co-author Susan Dreyfus,
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

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