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 Volume 8, Issue 39
September 25, 2013
Funding Alert: Jumpstart Youth-Led Intergenerational Programs

Generations United and Mentor Up, a new way to make a difference from AARP Foundation, are partnering to award $1,000 Youth Jumpstart grants (along with technical assistance) to organizations to develop creative, youth-led intergenerational programs to address the needs of vulnerable adults aged 50 and over. Initiatives must be youth-led and engage youth and older adults. Submit your application in writing or via a short video or other multi-media presentation. Deadline: Oct. 30, 2013.  Grantees will also have the opportunity to participate in a convening in Washington, DC this winter. Learn more.  

Curious About Becoming a Great Intergenerational Community? 
If you think your community offers a truly intergenerational experience, then by all means apply to become a MetLife Foundation/Generations United "Best Intergenerational Community." Find out what the process entails by contacting Leah Bradley. We'll be watching for your application! Deadline to apply: Nov. 8, 2013. Download the application and learn more.
New Report on Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives

Today, ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends released a new report presenting findings from a 2013 survey of state child welfare agencies about the policies and practices that guide their work in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated.

Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives finds that the "one-size-fits-all" child welfare approach adopted by most states does not work in meeting the unique developmental needs of many of the 200,000 infants and toddlers who come into contact with the child welfare system each year. The report sets the stage for understanding how states are currently supporting young children and calls on child welfare policymakers and administrators to establish stronger policies and practices that specifically address the unique needs of our youngest children.

Kirschner Receives Humanitarian Award
Congrats to our good friend Janice Lubin Kirschner who recently received a Golden Harvest Award for Humanitarianism from Westchester County, NY. Kirschner, executive director for JCY-Westchester Community Partners, was cited  for "her work bringing intergenerational programs to life." Congrats -- and well-deserved!
Share Your Intergenerational Story about Civil and Human Rights

Beginning in September and stretching over the balance of 2013 in cities across the U.S., the Center for Digital Story Telling is offering free, half-day intergenerational Storied Sessions for young people and elders. Using the time-honored Story Circle process, each participant will be supported in creating a story in his or her own words with an accompanying picture. Each text and image will be uploaded to the All Together Now portal on, showcasing the whole body of work. Learn more. 

Foster Care Is Not for the Weak
In "What Foster Care Feels Like," an article in the latest edition of Foster Focus magazine, writer and former foster child Larry Adams features the compelling stories of a number of adults who lived in the foster care system. It's a must-read. And, be sure to scroll down the page to see photos of those who contributed their stories. Learn more.
Happy 20th AmeriCorps -- and Here's Hoping for Many More Years of Service!

Twenty years after the signing of the legislation creating AmeriCorps, nearly 1,000 supporters and alumni gathered in Washington, DC to recognize the transforming impact the national service program has had on communities and the lives of those who have served. Over the coming months, CNCS will recognize the extraordinary impact of AmeriCorps and its 20 years of serving America. Learn more.  

UN Issues New Report on Intergenerational Solidarity

In a new report, "Intergenerational Solidarity and the Needs of Future Generations," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon examines how the UN system can respond to the needs of future generations through the principles of sustainable development. The report outlines the ethical ideas of intergenerational relationships, actions at the national level on this topic, and possible options for institutionalizing the issue within the UN system. Learn more. 

New Emergency-Preparedness Help for People with Disabilities

Because disasters affect people who have diverse needs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed resources specifically to help individuals with disabilities cope during a disaster. Learn more.  

YSA to Hold National Training Event
Learn how you can inspire and mobilize youth to change the world. Join leaders from across the nation on Tues., Nov. 12 for a full-day training during the 10th Annual Youth Service Institute in Baltimore, MD.  Learn more.
Explore Taiwan's Intergenerational Connections
Make plans to take part in a multi-city intergenerational study tour to Taiwan (March 11-18, 2014), that is being offered by the Intergenerational Center at Chaminade University (Honolulu). The tour includes school-based and kindergarten programs, a senior citizens home, a family education center, a new town community, and grandparent programs. To learn more, email Mae Mendelson or Matt Kaplan. Or, visit the Intergenerational Center's website.
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.

Innovation for Oral Health. DentaQuest Foundation. Supports nonprofit organizations working to create systems changes that reduce and eliminate barriers to oral healthcare access and promote community-based prevention strategies. Applications received on a rolling basis. Learn more.

MLK Day Lead Organizer Grants. YSA and Corporation for National and Community Service. Offers up to 64 grants of varying amounts ($1,000 to $4,000) to organizations for Martin Luther King Day of Service (Mon., Jan. 20, 2014) activities. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. Learn more.

MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards. MetLife Foundation. Seeks nominations for exemplary afterschool programs serving middle school youth. Deadline: Oct. 14, 2013. 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: Oct. 17, 2013. Learn more.


CVS Caremark Community Grants. CVS. Provides funding for projects that improve a community's health and welfare. Deadline: Oct. 31, 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. 


2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Prudential Financial and National Association of Secondary School Principals. Awards grants to middle and high school students who volunteer in their communities. 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: Dec. 5, 2013. Learn more.

null Social Settings Grants. William T. Grand Foundation. Offers grants that support high-quality research that enhances understanding of how youth social settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved. Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: Jan. 8, 2014. 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
Who Asked You? Terry McMillan. New novel that touches on grandparent raising grandchildren and multicultural themes. Learn more.

Grand Resources: A Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities. Generations United and CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. Equips relative caregivers with the national resources they need to help their children thrive, now and in the future. Learn more.

A Need to Know: Enhancing Adoption Competence Among Mental Health Professionals. Evan B. Donaldson Institute. Recommends that mental health professional should receive more and better training on adoption-related issues. Learn more.

SNAP Access Barriers Facing Low-Income 50-59 Year-olds.
AARP Foundation. Identifies the barriers older Americans face in trying to access SNAP. Learn more.


Social and Emotional Learning: From Research to Strategies.
University of Minnesota l Extension. Shares a rationale for making social and emotional learning an educational priority in the United States.

Wed., Oct. 30, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:00pm CT. Learn more.


SNAP Access Barriers Facing Low-Income 50-59 Year-olds.
AARP Foundation. Thurs., Sept. 26 at 3:00pm ET.  Learn more.

A Governor's Guide to Early Literacy: Getting All Students Reading by Third Grade.
National Governors' Association & NIEER. Provides an overview of NGA's policy recommendations that are critical for a comprehensive state strategy for improving early reading proficiency. Wed., Oct. 2 at 2:30pm.
Learn more.
Partnering for Permanence: Creative Strategies for Raising Awareness about Adoption from Foster Care.
Children's Bureau, AdoptUSKids, Child Welfare Information Gateway. Highlights effective ways to communicate about adoption from foster care; introduces new resources; and provides information about an upcoming national ad campaign. Wed., Oct. 2 at 2:00pm ET. Learn more.

Encore Career Seekers Information Session: Teach for America. 
Encore. Explores what it means to join Teach For America as an Encore career seeker. Mon., Oct. 7 at 8:00pm ET. Learn more.    

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

40th Annual Conference.
The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC). Kansas City, Missouri. Deadline: Oct. 14. Learn more.

Global Summit on Childhood. Association for Childhood Education International. Deadline: Oct. 15.  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.


HackFest. Leading Age. Dallas. Oct. 25-27. 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. 


MONUMENTAL: 25th Annual National Service Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council and YSA. 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.  



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

"Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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