Project

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.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the short pre-application checklist below to see if your program qualifies.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Submit application and supporting documentation online OR submit hard copy via mail to:
    Generations United (c/o Irv Katz, Senior Fellow)
    25 E Street, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20001

Application Deadline: August 1, 2018

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.

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.