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 Volume 11, Issue 40
October 5, 2016
Generations United's Executive Director Donna Butts (left) at the Weinberg Foundation's awards lunch with Annette Saunders, of Grandfamilies Matter, and Aaron Merki, program officer at  The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
Generations United Receives Award from Weinberg Foundation to Help Support Grandfamilies

Last week, Generations United was honored to attend an awards luncheon along with partner Annette Saunders, of Baltimore-based Grandfamily Matters Inc., to accept a grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Employee Giving Program. Many thanks to Aaron Merki, program officer at the foundation, who selected Generations United. The grant will help efforts in Baltimore to provide supports and services to grandfamilies.
Generations United at the Children 's Bureau's National Kinship Care Month Celebration
Our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent was among the presenters at the Administration of Children and Families' (ACF's) Friday celebration for National Kinship Care Month. The event - which focused on celebrating and honoring kinship families - included remarks from caregivers in grandfamilies, ACF Commissioner Raphael Lopez and Generations  United's 2009 Grandfamilies Award Winner Gerald Wallace. Grandfamilies resources highlighted at the event are available through the  Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Generations United in the News
Our National Center on Grandfamilies Council member and novelist,  Michael Morris , has an opinion piece, "The other victims of opioids," in AL .com , which explains how the opioid crisis affects grandfamilies. The piece cites our new report, Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Support for Grandfamilies, and also quotes Donna Butts. Read his article.
Family First Act Next Steps
Thank you for your exceptional advocacy in support of the First Family Prevention Services Act in the last few weeks. We are disappointed that the senate went into recess on Sept. 29, 2016 without passing the Family First Prevention Services Act. If your senator cosponsored the bill, please thank them for standing in support of grandfamilies. Read the full statement. Stay tuned for updates on next steps as we continue to work together to raise our voices in support of grandfamilies. 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their 
support.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations! 
You can contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.   Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. 
Grandfamily Stories
Culture Is Prevention: Strengthening Protection From the Opioid Crisis in Native American Communities
Ray Krise, who's featured in our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report, credits his grandparents for his cultural identity. They raised Ray since he was a newborn. "If not for being raised by my grandparents," he said, "I wouldn't know my family lineage and my son would not bear the name Tcha-LQad, a name that is 17 generations old." Read Ray's story
Youth Historian Featured in the Washington Post!
Congrats to Khari Eyen Zame Johnson, our former Youth Jumpstart grantee, was featured in a Washington Post story on Mount Zion United Methodist Church, which recently turned 200. Read the article, then learn more about Khari's Youth Jumpstart project. 

Call for Presentations Extended! Submit by Oct. 31

If you were planning to submit a proposal to present at Generations Remixed, the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference, you're in luck! The deadline has been extended until October 31, 2016. Generations Remixed will cover a wide range of topics and will include four different types of education sessions. Learn more

Meet Our 2016 Programs of Distinction Designees
Rounding out our introductions are  Sages & Seekers and TimeOut@UCLA!

Sages & Seekers is a one-to-one, senior-to-student experiential learning program designed to diminish ageism, as well as revitalize interpersonal interactions. Meeting once a week over the course of the 8-week program, the participants are paired off to embark on a journey of social and emotional development through authentic, meaningful conversation. Learn more

TimeOut@UCLA trains and mobilizes undergraduate students from the University of Cailfornia, Los Angeles to interact and provide companionship to elders with early stage Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia while providing respite for family caregivers. UCLA students are recruited to meet with individuals living with dementia at a senior center for three hours, twice a week. Learn more

News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! I f 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 .
Call for Reviewers
Generations United is looking for reviewers for movies, books, and music with intergenerational themes. Reviews might be featured in Generations This Week and our  Together blog. Those interested  should contact Alan King, Generations United's communications specialist.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of James Appleby, executive director and CEO of the Gerontological Society on Aging,  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
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Culture United
The Hunt for The Wilderpeople
Raised on hip-hop and in foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, Ricky and Hec must overcome their differences to survive as a family.

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.
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Cool Ideas
Legacy Book Project
This week, we feature Legacy Books, an intergenerational project that brings Baltimore's young and old together to produce e-books. The older adults share their stories that student capture and put online. Learn more

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
Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program. 
The Foundation's School Garden Grant Program provides support for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016. Learn more

Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Phase 1 - Nov. 3, 2016 | Phase 2 - Jan. 20, 2017.  Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation, which has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Busting the Apple Wide Open: The Naked Truth - Confronting Implicit Biases & Breaking Kinship Care Myths. A Second Chance, Inc. This webinar will share strategic insights to private and governmental providers of kinship care on how a values-driven culture is demonstrated in outcomes.  Thurs., Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Learn more

Research & Resources  
The Two-Generation Approach Framework: A Closer Look at State-Level Implementation.  This report from the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) explores how three states - Colorado, Connecticut, and Utah - are developing and implementing a Two-Generation (Two-Gen) framework in their human service programs.  Learn more

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community Toolkit . The video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video

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
Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE. Aging2.0. San Francisco, CA. Oct. 12-14, 2016. (Conference includes an intergenerational track.)  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

LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO. LeadingAge. Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 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. (Proposals for presentation due Oct. 31st.)  Learn more  
"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." ~Bishop Desmond Tutu

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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