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.
The next cycle will open in Summer 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 D.C
- Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program at Hebrew SeniorLife, Deadham, MA
- AGE to age, Northland Foundation, Duluth, MN
- A Little Help for Older Adults, Denver, CO
- United HomeCare AVUS Connect Tech Pals, Miami, FL
- Bridge Meadows, Portland, OR
- DOROT, New York, NY
- Elder Service Partner Program at Messiah University Department of Human Development and Family Science, Mechanicsburg, PA
- Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, Gaithersburg, MD
- Grandpas United, City of White Plains Youth Bureau, White Plains, NY
- Hearts and Minds Activity Center Intergenerational Program, San Jose, CA
- Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E) Intergenerational Housing, Chicago, IL
- JCA Heyman Interages Center, Rockville, MD
- Jefferson Area Board for Aging Friends in Schools Helping (FISH) Mentor Program, Charlottesville, VA
- Juliette Fowler Communities Generation2Generation, Dallas, TX
- Kendal at Oberlin, Oberlin, OH
- Lake Shore Family Center, Irving, NY
- LBFE Boston CitySites, Boston, MA
- LinkAGES Colorado, Pine, CO
- Link Generations, Bethesda, MD
- Lori’s Hands, Newark, DE
- Lutheran Home Children’s Center, Wauwatosa, WI
- Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) Volunteer Program, Woodland Hills, CA
- ONEgeneration, Van Nuys, CA
- Pear Suite Pear Pals (Virtual Platform)
- Sages & Seekers, Los Angeles, CA
- Scripps Gerontology Center Opening Minds through Art (OMA), Oxford, OH
- Senior Adults for Greater Education (SAGE), Newtown, PA
- Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc. Health Buddies, Tampa, FL
- Sharing Teens and Elders Project (S.T.E.P), Olympia, WA
- SMART Reading, Portland, OR
- Social Call, a Front Porch Community Service, Glendale, CA
- St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, Milwaukee, WI
- TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, Inc., Shorewood, WI
- VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Intergenerational Program, New York, NY
Current Programs of Merit:
- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. Adopt-a-Senior Program, San Antonio, TX
- Charles City AmeriCorps Senior Foster Grandparent Program, Charles City, IA
- DreamCatchers Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ (Chapters Nationwide)
- San Diego Oasis Generations Together Summer Camp, San Diego, CA
- Legacy Letters, AgePRIDE at the Goldsen Institute-University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- Music and Memoryat Kavod Senior Life, Denver, CO
- Partners in Rhyme, Cambridge, MA
- Tuskegee Youth Readers TIHS Class of 1974 ReadtoME Program, Macon County, AL
- Wesley Family Services Foster Grandparent Program, Wilkinsburg, PA
- 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.