Programs of Distinction

Generations United annually recognizes outstanding intergenerational programs with the Program of Distinction designation.

This designation, developed and launched in 2010 with support from the New York Life Foundation, serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program. The intention of the designation is to recognize excellence while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs.

The application for 2021 is now closed. 

How to Apply:

Current Programs of Distinction:

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.