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 Volume 11, Issue 33
Aug. 17, 2016
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Rancho Mission Viejo Announces the Grand Opening of an Intergenerational Village
Esencia is the second intergenerational village to open on Rancho Mission Viejo's 23,000 acres, 25 percent of which is designated for the development of multiple intergenerational villages. We're happy to have provided guidance to R ancho Mission Viejo  to make these intergenerational villages possible. Learn more
Register Today for Generations United's State of Grandfamilies Report Release on Capitol Hill!
Join Generations United on Sept. 13, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. We're celebrating the release of our new report, 2016 State of Grandfamilies: Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic We're thrilled to have award-winning and nationally-syndicated  Washington Post  Columnist Michelle Singletary  emcee the event. The new report 
explores the impact of the opioid epidemic on grandfamilies and ways we can help support these families.  We will also honor the 2016 Grandfamilies Champion for lifelong achievement on behalf of the families. Register today!
Countdown to Generations Remixed! Part 1: Matt Kaplan
Generations Remixed, the  2017 Global Intergenerational Conference  in Milwaukee, is less than a year away! We're getting age-amped about it and so are some of our past conference attendees like Matt KaplanLearn more and submit your proposal to present by Sept. 30th Seeks a Candidate Passionate About Helping Older Adults and Youth is seeking a Vice President/Campaign Director to lead their five-year campaign, which will mobilize experienced adults with children in need. The position, based in either San Francisco or New York, will supervise a team of up to 10 employees in multiple cities. See full job posting.

Show Your Support for Grandfamilies
The Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) would provide prevention services to grandfamilies and help address barriers to licensing them. The bill passed the House in June, but is still pending in the Senate. Show your support by signing your organization onto the sign on letter supporting the bill  AND calling your senators to ask them to "Pass the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R.5456)." Use the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your senators. 
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New Social Security Website Launched
At a time of escalating inequality and declining retirement savings, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare Foundation examines Social Security's crucial and often neglected role in the economic life of communities in every state. This information is now available at The report found that, in 2014, Social Security contributed $1.6 trillion nationally as benefits are spent and generate additional economic activity in every state. Learn more
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Elvis Presley  is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  campaign. T he campaign  is a partnership of Generations United, the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer Check out additional memes  and  share them.  Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!  If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please  email Alan King . If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today.  Learn more here .
Culture United
Building Bridges of Hope by Sue and Chelsea Badeau
In this unique coloring book, nationally-known child welfare and trauma expert
Sue Badeau pairs tips and strategies for parents and caregivers with whimsical artwork created by her daughter, artist Chelsea Badeau. With over fifty images to color, and an equal number of proven activities, this book provides a rich resource for anyone on the road to healing and wholeness. Learn more

Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme?  Share them with us  and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Camp Pickett
This week's cool idea is Camp Pickett, a program of the Pickett Care and Rehabilitation Center in Byrdstown, TN. Through learning circles and other team activities, this summer camp nurtures relationships between children who attend the camp and Pickett Care's elder residents.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to  #cooligideas ? You can also post them to our  Intergenerational Connections  Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter!  Share the inspiration .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Disney Summer of Service Grants.  Disney and Youth Service America are awarding young changemakers who have ideas or projects that could make their neighborhoods healthier, greener and stronger. The grant is for youth, ages 5-18, in the U.S. Hundreds of youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016. Learn more

Fund for a Just Society. The Unitarian Universalist Association awards $6,000 and $8,000 in grants to nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society and mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. Deadline: Sept. 15, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
How to Use Pokémon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships. Pokémon Go has taken over the world! This guide by Generations United highlights ways young and old can use this app to stay active together, make connections and keep each other safe. Learn more

Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide. This Generations United guide includes information on recommended vaccinations across the lifespan, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussion around  vaccinations. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.
This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders on how to engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 2016.  Learn more

2016 State of Grandfamilies Report Release.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 2016. Learn more

Elevate Respite! 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference.  ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Denver, CO. Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 2016.  Learn more

Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning. The National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington. Seattle, WA. Oct. 24-26, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
"The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children." ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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