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MEDIA CONTACT:  Colleen  Appleby-­‐Carroll   Generations  United,  202.289.3979   ccarroll@gu.org    

                         

PRESS RELEASE    

         FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

GENERATIONS INCORPORATED  DESIGNATED     A  PROGRAM  OF  DISTINCTION     Designation  serves  as  the  U.S.  benchmark  for  intergenerational  programs.  

Boston,  MA  –  Generations  United  has  proudly  announced  that  Generations  Incorporated  has  been  designated  a   Program  of  Distinction  within  the  intergenerational  community.       “We  congratulate  Generations  Incorporated  for  earning  this  distinction  and  their  dedication  to  intergenerational   practices.”  notes  Donna  Butts,  executive  director  of  Generations  United.  “The  Program  of  Distinction  designation   is  the  U.S.  intergenerational  community’s  ‘seal  of  approval.’  The  application  and  review  process  are  rigorous.   Achieving  this  recognition  is  a  major  accomplishment  and  says  a  program  employs  best  practices  and  effectively   serves  the  surrounding  community.”   Generations  Incorporated  is  a  nonprofit  organization  in  Boston  that  provides  meaningful  opportunities  for  older   adults  who  serve  as  literacy  volunteers  to  young  children  through  grade  three  in  their  partner  schools  and  after-­‐ school  programs.  Mary  Gunn,  Executive  Director  of  Generations  Incorporated  remarked  on  the  award:  “It’s  such   an  honor  to  receive  this  distinguished  award.  It’s  rare  when  two  groups  at  opposite  ends  of  the  age  spectrum   unite  for  such  powerful  outcomes  for  both  groups.  Our  older  adults  drive  the  work  that  we  do.”   Generations  United  launched  the  Program  of  Distinction  designation  in  2010,  with  support  from  New  York  Life   Foundation,  to  recognize  excellence  while  celebrating  the  rich  diversity  among  intergenerational  programs.    This   year,  only  two  intergenerational  programs  from  across  the  nation  earned  the  distinction.  Joining  Generations   Incorporated  is  Jumpstart.   Generations  Incorporated  Literacy  Interventions,  Boston,  Mass.:    Engages  older  adults  (ages  50+)  as  literacy   volunteers  to  children  in  kindergarten  through  grade  three.  The  program  is  active  in  17  public  elementary  schools   and  after-­‐school  programs  (called  partner  sites)  in  low-­‐income  communities.  Highly  trained  volunteers  provide  one-­‐ on-­‐one  and  small  group  literacy  support  to  students.  All  of  the  students  are  at-­‐risk  of  school  failure;  80  percent  are   low-­‐income.  The  results-­‐driven  program  generates  strong  intergenerational  relationships  that  get  results  and   improve  lives.  A  rigorous  Washington  University  study  conducted  of  the  program  in  2009,  showed  that  students   improved  their  key  literacy  skills  by  60  percent  more  than  nonparticipating  students.  In  addition,  the  study   confirmed  benefits  for  the  older  volunteers:  they  were  significantly  less  depressed  and  had  fewer  functional   limitations.   Jumpstart  Community  Corps,  Boston,  Mass.:  Was  founded  in  Boston  in  2004  to  create  meaningful  intergenerational   relationships  between  preschool-­‐age  children  and  older  adults  living  in  low-­‐income  communities.  Since  then  it  has   expanded  to  other  states  across  the  country.  The  intergenerational  relationships  help  children  gain  essential   language,  literacy,  and  social  emotional  skills,  while  simultaneously  transforming  the  lives  of  the  older  adult   volunteers  who  work  with  them.  Jumpstart  Community  Corps  facilitates  the  creation  of  these  relationships.  It  


recruits and  trains  teams  of  six  to  ten  older  adult  volunteers,  called  Corps  members,  to  deliver  Jumpstart’s  research-­‐ based  language  and  literacy  curriculum  to  children  in  pre-­‐kindergarten  classrooms  throughout  a  school  year.  

###   About  Generations  United:  Formed  in  1986,  Generations  United  is  the  national  membership  organization  focused   solely  on  improving  the  lives  of  children,  youth,  and  older  people  through  intergenerational  strategies,  programs,  and   public  policies.  Generations  United  serves  as  a  resource  for  educating  policymakers  and  the  public  about  the  economic,   social,  and  personal  imperatives  of  intergenerational  cooperation.  For  more  information,  visit  gu.org.        

2013 Programs of Distinction  

Press Release from Generations United about Generations Incorporated reading programs.

2013 Programs of Distinction  

Press Release from Generations United about Generations Incorporated reading programs.

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