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Intergenerational Relationships, Older Adults,
Valentine's Day, Mentoring, Community, Family

AARP. 601 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20049, (202) 434-2277 or (800) 424-3410, www.aarp.org. The largest organization for people age 50 and older. It offers resources, membership benefits, publications, and a Grandparent Information Center for grandparents raising grandchildren.

Animal Town. PO Box 757, Greenland, NH 03840, (800) 445-8642, www.animaltown.com. Toys, games, crafts and books for cooperative play and learning.

Association for Conflict Resolution. 1527 New Hampshire Ave NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 667-9700, www.acresolution.org. A professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. Home of the Conflict Resolution Education Network (CRENet), which is committed to creating safe schools and civil communities by making conflict resolution education universally available.

Books Are Fun (a Reader's Digest Company). 1680 Hwy 1 N, PO Box 2468, Fairfield, IA 52556, (800) 966-8301, www.booksarefun.com. A Something to Remember Me By Legacy Project Partner. The leading display marketer of hardcover books and gifts. It offers corporate and school book display programs. The school program, presently in 65,000 schools across North America, offers high quality, deeply discounted books, gift items, and supplemental educational materials. This partnership allows schools to earn free books and educational materials for their libraries and classrooms.

Center for Intergenerational Learning. Temple University, 1601 N Broad Street, Room 206, Philadelphia, PA 19122, (215) 204-6970, www.temple.edu/CIL. Fosters intergenerational cooperation and exchange. It runs a number of intergenerational programs, including the Linking Lifetimes mentoring program, and offers training, publications, and videotapes.

crafterscommunity.com. If you're looking for crafting information on the Internet, this is the place to start. Offers thousands of links.

Creative Forecasting. PO Box 7789, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7789, (800) 373-0115 or (719) 633-3174, www.creativeforecasting.net. A 56-page monthly magazine for Activity and Recreation Professionals working in long-term care and assisted living facilities, adult day services, retirement communities, and senior centers. Excellent activity planning and educational information.

Educators for Social Responsibility. 23 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138, (800) 370-2515 or (617) 492-1764, www.esrnational.org. Supports schools, families, and children in character education, conflict resolution, violence prevention, and intergroup relations. Offers training, resources, and programs, including a K-12 school-based program in conflict resolution.

Elderhostel. 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111-1746, (877) 426-8056 or (978) 323-4141, www.elderhostel.org. A non-profit organization that offers high-quality, affordable, educational adventures for adults who are 55 and older. They also offer unique intergenerational programs for grandparents and grandchildren.

Experience Corps. 2120 L St NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20037, (202) 478-6190, www.experiencecorps.org. A national program started in 1995 that mobilizes the time, talent, and experience of older adults in service to the community. It provides local schools and youth-serving organizations with caring older adults who can work directly with children, tutoring and mentoring.

Family Pastimes. RR 4, Perth, Ontario, K7H 3C6, Canada, (613) 267-4819, www.familypastimes.com. Great cooperative games for all ages.

Future Possibilities. 249 E 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016, (212) 725-3535, www.futurepossibilities.org. A growing, nonprofit program in which adult "life coaches" are trained and mentor children 7-12 years of age.

Generations Together. University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, 121 University Place, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15260-5907, (412) 648-7150, www.gt.pitt.edu. Promotes interaction between young and old through community outreach, education, and research. It has an extensive library and offers a number of publications on intergenerational programming.

Generations United. 122 C Street NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 638-1263, www.gu.org. One of the main Something to Remember Me By Legacy Project Partners. The premier national organization promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and policies. It is a coalition of over 100 organizations, and offers a number of publications and a newsletter.

International Listening Association. PO Box 744, River Falls, WI 54022, (800) 452-4505 or (715) 425-3377, www.listen.org. A professional organization that promotes the study, development, and teaching of effective listening. The website offers a listing of listening quotes, and other listening resources.

International Mentoring Association. Western Michigan University, Lifelong Learning & Education, 1275 Ellsworth Hall, 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, (269) 387-4174, www.wmich.edu/conferences/mentoring. An organization made up of individuals and groups interested in the theory and practice of effective mentoring.

Memory Makers magazine. 12365 Huron St, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80234-3438, (303) 452-0048 or (800) 366-6465, www.memorymakersmagazine.com. The Exclusive Scrapbook Partner for the Legacy Project. Great ideas and expert information for people who believe in keeping the tradition of the family photo historian alive. They also offer a number of books on scrapbooking and preserving family memories. Teachers can use information to bring any subject to life for students -- family history, celebrating friendship, recording achievement, or exploring a new topic.

Mentoring USA. 5 Hanover Square, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004, (212) 400-8294, www.helpusa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=MUSA_homepage. Operates one-to-one mentoring programs, particularly for "at risk" young people, as well as offers resources and training.

National Academy for Teaching and Learning about Aging. University of North Texas, PO Box 310919, Denton, TX 76203-0919, (940) 565-3450, www.unt.edu/natla. Promotes education about aging-related issues. It offers training, consultation, and resources for organizations, universities, and schools across the country.

National Mentoring Partnership. 1600 Duke St, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 224-2200, www.mentoring.org. An advocate for the expansion of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide.

National Senior Service Corps (Corporation for National Service). 1201 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20525, (202) 606-5000, www.seniorcorps.org. An opportunity for seniors to share their time and talents by becoming involved in Foster Grandparents, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or the Senior Companion Program.

Parenting Coalition International. 1025 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 415, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 530-0849, www.parentingcoalition.org. One of the main Something to Remember Me By Legacy Project Partners. Offers parenting information and resources, and serves as a central link connecting parenting organizations worldwide.

Peace Education Foundation. (800) 749-8838, www.peace-ed.org. A nonprofit educational organization that promotes peacemaking skills in homes, schools, and communities. Offers classroom-tested curricula for pre-K through grade 12 as well as training and implementation support.

positivelyaging.uthscsa.edu. An interdisciplinary curriculum that helps teachers integrate lessons from aging research into their regular coursework. Enhances math, life and behavioral sciences, especially with regards to health promotion.

PRIME Mentors of Canada. 256 McCaul St, Suite 402, Toronto, ON, M5T 1W5, (416) 523-6298, www.primementors.ca. A Canadian organization that pairs young people and mentors (primarily retirees) one-to-one based on common interests.

Rethinking Schools. 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53212, (800) 669-4192 or (414) 964-9646, www.rethinkingschools.org. A nonprofit organization working toward school reform. Offers publications and a journal.

sln.fi.edu/biosci/heart.html. A terrific online examination of the human heart from The Franklin Institute Science Museum.

The Communication Project. 9 Lobraico Lane, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 7X5, Canada, (905) 852-3777 or (800) 772-7765, www.communicationproject.org. One of the main Legacy Project Partners. An intergenerational research and education group. It offers resources and award-winning books for educators, parents, and grandparents.

United Generations Ontario. 1185 Eglinton Ave E, Suite 604B, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3C6, Canada, (416) 426-7115, www.intergenugo.org. An umbrella organization that offers Canadian information on intergenerational resources, programs, and policies.

Workable Peace Project. c/o Consensus Building Institute, 131 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 492-1414, ext 24, www.workablepeace.org. A high school curriculum, teaching, and learning project that integrates the study of intergroup conflict and the development of civic and social skills.

www.2young2retire.com. A great website filled with information, ideas, resources, and links for people over 50 who want to stay active and involved through new careers, hobbies, community/volunteer work, and more.

www.accuracy.org. The Institute for Public Accuracy is a nationwide consortium of policy researchers that seeks to broaden public dialogue by providing a variety of perspectives on issues in the media.

www.activepro.net. Programming ideas, information, and Internet links for activity professionals working in nursing homes and other seniors facilities.

www.americanheart.org. Website of the American Heart Association. Filled with information for understanding and preventing heart disease.

www.americanhistory.si.edu. Website of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Tour virtual exhibits on many topics.

www.aoa.dhhs.gov/naic/default.htm. A central source for a wide variety of information, facts, and statistics on aging.

www.beritsbest.com/HolidaysSeasons/ValentinesDay. A listing of the best Valentine's Day websites for children.

www.civilrightsmuseum.org. Assists the public in understanding the lessons of the civil rights movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide. The website offers an interactive tour of the museum's exhibits and programs.

www.geezer.com. More than 500 senior artisans offer their beautifully handcrafted products to online shoppers. A great source for special gifts -- 6,000 products you won't find anywhere else!

www.idealist.org. Over 24,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 153 countries, which you can search by name, location or mission, along with thousands of volunteer opportunities for young and old.

www.joinhandsday.org. Website of Join Hands Day, a national project to bring youth and adults together to improve their own communities.

www.legacyproject.org. Website for the Legacy Project. Includes free online activity kits, resources, and contests, as well as information and award-winning books for grandparents, parents, schools, seniors and community groups.

www.oneworld.net. Gateway to global political and environmental groups and issues.

www.pbs.org/kcet/agelessheroes. Explores the spirit, vitality, and potential of men and women who have achieved success and continue to do so beyond the age of 65.

www.peacejam.org. An international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work with youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.

www.tobaccofree.org (information also available by calling 1-800-541-7741). Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco company founder RJ Reynolds, saw his father, oldest brother, and other relatives die from cigarette induced emphysema and lung cancer. He began an anti-smoking campaign that has made him one of the most effective, respected anti-smoking advocates. The website includes information on a powerful video for teenagers titled "The Truth About Tobacco," along with tips on quitting smoking, cool anti-smoking ads, and ideas for reaching young people with an anti-smoking message.

www.tolerance.org. Information and resources for teachers, parents, and children on fighting hate and promoting tolerance.

From Valentine's Activity Kit by Susan V. Bosak ©2004

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