Reston has received a 2014 Best Intergenerational Community Award from Generations United and the MetLife Foundation. The announcement was made last week and Reston, as well as other winning communities, will be formally recognized at a ceremony later this year, according to a news release from the Reston Association.
An “intergenerational community” consists of individuals of all ages who are an integral part of the community, as “reflected in the families, structures, facilities and services that children, youth and older adults encounter in the community as well as in day-to-day interactions and relationships. Partnerships between local government, older adult-living facilities, schools, after-school programs, businesses, local cultural and community organizations and services, families, older adults, youth and children are essential to be considered intergenerational,” according to Generations United.
Reston’s application was jointly submitted by Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Fairfax County Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins and others.
Award winners will be honored at an event to be held in March (date pending) in Washington, D.C. The event will include a breakfast or lunch with representatives of all the winning communities, as well as a potential for visits with members of Congress and a tour of the U.S. Capitol.