Academic journal article Generations

Generations United

Academic journal article Generations

Generations United

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"We believe that the time is long past when advocates for children, families, and the elderly can afford separate agendas. We foresee a new and brighter America when organizations like the Boy Scouts and the Older Women's League can join forces to strengthen our communities. That is exactly what Generations United intends to do." These were the words of Jack Ossofsky at the I986 news conference announcing the formation of Generations United.

For thirteen years, Generations United has been the country's only national membership organization promoting intergenerational policies, programs, and strategies. Originally created by Jack Ossofsky, then head of the National Council on the Aging, and David Liederman, executive director of the Child Welfare League of America, Generations United flourished. It quickly grew to become a coalition of more than roo national organizations seeking a shared, mutually supportive agenda. Generations United recently incorporated as an independent entity.

Our mission is to foster intergenerational collaboration on public policy and programs to support sustained and intentional involvement that will improve America's communities and the lives of children, youth, and the elderly. We believe discrimination in any form limits a person's potential to contribute to the development of his or her community. …

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