Generations United (GU) connects the generations and is the only national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.
To improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.
GU develops and encourages programs that engage two or more generations. Examples include older adults tutoring children, teenagers and seniors performing music together, young teaching old computers skills, and youth/elders working together to make their communities better places for all ages.
GU’s National Center on Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children provides services and advocacy on behalf of millions of children being raised by relatives. Project SHARE promotes the use of resources to connect generations rather than separate them. Both efforts provide education, materials and advocacy to promote better social policy. While the Center supports families, SHARE encourages intergenerational sites like adult day care located with child care, senior centers with after school programs, high schools with embedded senior centers and parks built for people of all ages and abilities.
Gu.org is an online resource center with a searchable directory intergenerational programs, monthly on line expert chats, public policy updates and more.
GU works on lasting change though public policy, develops a legislative agenda and educates policy makers on the intergenerational aspects of issues including the importance of not pitting the needs of one generation against another.
Since 1986, GU has served as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation. We act as a catalyst for stimulating collaboration between aging, children, and youth organizations providing a forum to explore areas of common ground while celebrating the richness of each generation. GU has successfully encouraged changes in public policies that support millions of children who are being raised in grand-families. Our publications, educational presentations and assistance have helped tens of thousands of teachers, faith leaders, politicians, and other community activists value and connect generations.