Meet our 2018 Programs of Distinction

Generations United annually recognizes outstanding intergenerational programs with the Program of Distinction designation. This designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program.

Generations United’s Programs of Distinction designation was developed and launched in 2010 with support from the New York Life Foundation. The intention of this designation is to recognize excellence while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs. The designation is active for 3 years.

2018 Programs of Distinction

Current Programs of Distinction:

How to Apply:

Applications are currently closed. Please check back in 2019 when they re-open.

Pre-Application Checklist

  1. Does your program address documented needs?
  2. Are your intergenerational activities tied to program goals and participant interests and input?
  3. Do you offer formal training/orientation for staff and participants?
  4. Are your intergenerational programs coordinated by staff or volunteers knowledgeable about all participants?
  5. Do you collect evaluation data from your program and use it to improve your program?
  6. 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 Designation application.

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, we recommend checking out the resource library or requesting technical assistance from Generations United to further develop your intergenerational program.