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 Volume 8, Issue 42
October 16, 2013
Circle December 10 for Release of Our Latest Signature Report
Be at the National Press Club on Dec. 10 from 9:30am to 10:45am ET for a provocative look at how changing demographics in the years ahead will affect four major aspects of our lives: transportation, the workforce, housing, and civic involvement. At the event, we will release our latest signature report and poll results and host a panel discussion featuring experts on the four topics. In a departure from past reports, we engaged two different authors -- one older and one younger -- on each topic to elicit fresh perspectives and recommendations. Be watching for more details!
Michael Eisner presents the 2013 Eisner Prize to MPTF's Jennifer Clymer. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for mptf.)
2013 Eisner Prize Awarded

Congrats to The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), which last Wednesday received the 2013 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. The $150,000 prize was given to the MPTF's Media Center for a unique program that brings industry retirees, professionals, and volunteers together with high school students eager to begin a career in entertainment. Together, they create and edit original content for MPTF's residential community on its YouTube Channel, Channel 22. In presenting the award, Michael Eisner said, "The Prize allows us to honor organizations that share our mission nationwide, with the hope that the good work being done can be replicated elsewhere."    


We also applaud this year's four other finalists: Bridge Meadows (Portland, Oregon), New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (New Providence, New Jersey), the Intergenerational School (Cleveland, Ohio), and Encore Fellowships Network (San Francisco). Each finalist received $10,000 from the Eisner Foundation. Read the foundation's blogs about the on-site visits staff made to each of the finalists here and here.

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NASI Examines Work of the Commission on Long-Term Care

The National Academy of Social Insurance offers three new perspectives on the recent work of the Federal Long Term Care Commission, which will be the focus of a Senate Aging Committee hearing later this month.

  • Where Does the Commission on Long-Term Care Leave Us? Examines two alternative approaches from the Commission that offer some detailed thoughts on accomplishing the shared financing vision -- one reliant primarily on private-sector mechanisms and the other reliant primarily on public-sector mechanisms.
  • Long-Term Services and Supports: The Path Forward  Posits that the US needs a public-private partnership to establish a reliable insurance mechanism for long-term care. Offers ideas on what role each sector should play.
  • The Long-Term Care Commission: The Good, The Bad, and What's Next?  Looks at the incredible odds the Long-Term Care Commission faced: its struggle to get off the ground and its charge to solve one of the most challenging issues facing our country -- all in less than 100 days. Yet, it held public hearings, gathered nearly 100 outside comments, and delivered a report that probably exceeded expectations.The question now is: Where do we go from here?
The World is Greying: What Do We Do?
Last week, the world celebrated the International Day of Older Persons and our own Donna Butts weighed in with a blog on the Huffington Post, "International Day of Older Persons, Opportunity or Obstacles?"  The article talks about the need to examine ways we can make older adults feel useful and engaged by urging them to share their wisdom and experience. Please comment, "like," and share Donna's blog with others!
Forum to End Gun Violence

The Children's Defense Fund and Washington National Cathedral are holding a forum to end the gun violence epidemic on Sun., Oct. 20 at 10:10 a.m., followed by a Children's Sabbath Service at 11:15 a.m. with Marian Wright Edelman preaching. The forum will take place at Washington National Cathedral (3131 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC). The events are free and open to the public, but if you can't be there in person plan to join in virtually -- the Forum and Worship Service will be live-streamed and also posted after the event on the homepage of the National Cathedral website. 

Enter the Fourth Worldwide Storytelling Contest

The Intergeneration Foundation, a sponsor of Intergeneration Month: September, wants to reinforce and recognize the power of storytelling as a way to connect all ages. As part of that effort, it invites people of all ages to submit an intergeneration story to its Fourth Worldwide Storytelling Contest. Whether fiction, non-fiction or a combinaiton, the story must feature persons from at least two generations. You may include one illustration -- such as an original photo, drawing, painting, or cartoon -- to enhance the story's message. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2013. If yours is a winning entry, you could win one of 10 prizes of $100 each, honorable mention recognition and possible publication. Learn more. 

Ready by 21 Annual Meeting Slated for April 2014

Save these dates, April 22-24, for the third annual Ready by 21 National Meeting! It's an opportunity for those who dedicate themselves to getting young people ready for college, work and life to once again come together to share experiences, learn from each other, and hear new ideas.  


This year's national meeting will have more sessions and more participants than ever. Topics will include:

  • Building and strengthening your partnerships
  • Expanding learning outcomes and opportunities
  • Aligning policies and resources
  • Reaching opportunity youth
  • Evaluating coalitions
  • Certifying your programs, leadership structures and backbone organization
  • Creating child and youth master plans

Learn more.  

New Brief Examines Youth Pathways to Success
The Center for Promise, the first research center for America's Promise Alliance (America's Promise), has issued a new brief on how youth access opportunities in their communities, their goals, and services available in youth systems. Read the brief: Navigating and Negotiating Pathways for Success: A Thematic Analysis of the Life Experiences of Youth and Their Caregivers.
Two Weeks Left to Submit Your Jumpstart Grant Application

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 that address the needs of vulnerable older adults. Deadline: Oct. 30, 2013. Learn more.  

Time's Flying. Apply Now to be a Best Intergenerational Community 
If you think your community offers a truly intergenerational experience, contact Leah Bradley to find out about how to apply to be named a Best Intergenerational Community. Deadline to apply: Nov. 8, 2013. Download the application and learn more.
Celebrate Food Day 2013
Food Day (Oct. 24, 2013) is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Find out how you can help. Learn more.  And to put hunger in perspective, download Generations United's report, Hunger in America: What's at Stake for Children, Families, and Older Adults.
It's Never Too Early... apply for a Program of Distinction designation from Generations United. Get started on your application --and get much- deserved recognition for your intergenerational program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Learn more.
Funding Opportunities
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. 

null Arts and Aging Technical Assistance Grants. The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) and MetLife Foundation. Provides $5,000 grants for arts and aging program in three areas: Lifelong Learning, Health and Wellness, and Community Engagement. 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.

Capital Grants.
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation offers 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.

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: Dec. 5, 2013. Learn more.

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
Failure to Launch: Structural Shift and the New Lost Generation. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and The Generations Initiative. Analyzes the divergent labor market trends for young and older adults since 1980 -- and puts to rest the idea that those trends are contributing to generational antipathy. 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.


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


Youth Service Institute. YSA. Baltimore. Nov. 12, 2013. Learn more.  


"Connecting Our Global Community." International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA) and IAHSA-China. Shanghai. Nov. 17-20, 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. 


International Study Tour to Taiwan. Intergenerational Center at Chaminade University (Honolulu). Taiwan. March 11-18, 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. 

"In every conceivable manner, family is the link to our past, bridge to our future." -- Alex Haley

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