The Program of Distinction and Program of Merit designations are based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program and are intended to recognize the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations.
How to Apply:
- Complete the pre-application checklist at the end of this page to determine which designation to apply for.
- Submit your application and supporting documentation online here.
- Please note: We recommend that you complete and save your application in a separate document before transferring your responses to the online form to avoid losing your work. A downloadable version of the application is available here.
Applications Closed for 2022- Thank you to all who applied.
Designations will be announced Fall 2022.
The next cycle will open in 2023.
Intergenerational programs are defined here as programs, policies, and practices that increase cooperation, interaction, and exchange between people of different generations, allowing them to share their talents and resources, and support each other in relationships that benefit both the individuals and their community.
New in 2022, there are two levels of recognition:
- Programs of Merit meet the minimum standard of effectiveness.
- Programs of Distinction meet a higher standard and provide greater confidence in the program’s sustainability and capacity to achieve targeted outcomes.
Programs that are selected to receive either designation will receive:
- National recognition for outstanding work, including publicity through Generations United’s website, e-newsletter, and social media outlets.
- Participation and acknowledgment in a virtual showcase of selected programs.
- Letter of support from Generations United, upon request.
- Official logo for use on website and other materials; and
- A certificate recognizing this accomplishment.
As a recognized Program of Distinction or Program of Merit, recipients represent the highest standards of intergenerational programs and will become a part of a distinguished national network of programs.
If you need assistance or would like to submit a hard copy of your application, please contact Danica Derriennic.
Current Programs of Distinction:
- AARP Foundation Experience Corps (Washington, DC)
- AGE to Age, Northland Foundation (Duluth, MN)
- Bessie’s Hope (Denver, CO)
- Bridge Meadows (Portland, OR)
- Bridges Program Curricula Suite (Sudbury, MA)
- CATCH Healthy Habits, OASIS Institute (St. Louis, MO)
- Community Corps, Jumpstart, USA
- DOROT’s Youth Volunteer Program (New York, NY)
- Easter Seals Intergenerational Program (Silver Spring, MD)
- Elder Service Partner Program, Messiah University Department of Human Development and Family Science (Mechanicsburg, PA)
- Family Care Center at Northside, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (Richmond, VA)
- Family Friends Program, The Intergenerational Center at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
- Friends in Schools Helping (FISH), Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) (Charlottesville, VA)
- Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, Asbury Methodist Village (Gaithersburg, MD)
- Geriatric Career Development Program, Jewish Home Lifecare (New York, NY)
- The Great Friendship Link, Sunshine Care Assisted Living Homes (San Diego, CA)
- Hebrew SeniorLife (Dedham, MA)
- Honolulu Walks, Age-Friendly Honolulu (Honolulu, HI)
- The JCA Heyman Interages Center, Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA®) of Greater Washington (Rockville, MD)
- Lakeshore Family Center Intergenerational Project (Irving, NY)
- LinkAGES Colorado (Denver, CO)
- Link Generations (Montgomery County, MD)
- Lutheran Home Intergenerational Program (Wauwatosa, WI)
- Motion Picture Television Fund Volunteer Program (Woodland Hills, CA)
- Neighbors Growing Together, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
- OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring (St. Louis, MO)
- ONEgeneration (Van Nuys, CA)
- Opening Minds through Art at Scripps Gerontology Center (Oxford, OH)
- P&J Beacon Buddies Program (Bronx, NY)
- AmeriCorps Seniors Mentor Program, Kenosha Area Family & Aging Services (Kenosha, WI)
- Sages & Seekers (Los Angeles, CA)
- S.A.G.E. – Senior Adults for Greater Education (Newton, PA)
- Second Acts Grandparent Volunteer Program (Milwaukee, WI)
- Sharing Time with Elders Project (STEP) (Olympia, WA)
- SMART (Students and Mature Adults Read Together) and Reading Buddies After School, JCY-Westchester Community Partners (Yonkers, NY )
- SMART Reading (Portland, OR)
- St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care (Milwaukee, WI)
- Time Out Caregiver Respite Program, The Intergenerational Center at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
- TimeOut@UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
- TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, (Milwaukee, WI)
- Together Transforming the Experience of Aging, Kendal at Oberlin (Oberlin, OH)
- VISIONS Intergenerational Program, VISIONS/ Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (New York)
- Does your program address documented needs?
- Are your intergenerational activities tied to program goals and participant interests and input?
- Do you offer formal training/orientation for staff and participants?
- Are your intergenerational programs coordinated by staff or volunteers knowledgeable about all participants?
- Do you collect evaluation data from your program and use it to improve your program?
- Is your intergenerational program supported by organizational leadership and community partners?
If you answered “yes” to ALL of these questions, we recommend you complete the application for the Program of Distinction. If you are still working on some of these areas, we recommend you apply for the Program of Merit.