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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.
Press Release from Generations United about Generations Incorporated reading programs.