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 Volume 12, Issue 6
February 8, 2017
Joy Johnson with her grandsons Milo and Felix. Photo courtesy of Joy Johnson.
Generations United in the News 
  • In his article for Senior Correspondents, David Beasley highlighted the benefits of intergenerational communities. The article quotes Donna Butts. Read the full story. 
  • Humble Sky's Stuart Greenbaum focused on the potential unleashed when young and old come together. The article mentioned Generations United as a resource on intergenerational programs. Read the article.
GrandRally T-Shirt Competition - Deadline: March 1st
The 5th National GrandRally is holding a design competition for artwork on the official 2017 National GrandRally T-shirt. Are you being raised by your grandmother, grandfather or another relative? Were in you foster care? Are you adopted? Submit your original design for this competition today! 
  • First prize winner will receive $100 AND  the design will be used on the official T-Shirt
  • Second prize winner will receive $50
  • Third prize winner will receive $25
2017 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Two Weeks Left to Apply!
Does your community go above and beyond when it comes to recognizing, engaging, and supporting all ages? Apply today!  Applications due Feb. 24, 2017. Learn more
Treehouse resident Liz Poudrier hugs Sarah D'Amato,19, who had just delivered her a hot Thanksgiving meal. 
Treehouse Featured on NPR
Congrats to our friends at Treehouse whose innovations in foster care were highlighted on NPR's radio show "Innovative Hub." According to the "Innovative Hub:  Judy Cockerton, the founder of Treehouse, started the community after adopting her own daughter from foster care  18 years ago. "I knew the need for foster-adoptive parents to not be isolated," she says. "When you're in isolation you fail."  Listen to the recording.
Video Highlights Foster Grandparents Supporting Kids in Baltimore's Juvenile Justice System
Meet Mr. Wood, a volunteer with Foster Grandparent, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Mr. Wood mentors kids in Baltimore's Juvenile Justice System, inspiring kids through his art.  Foster Grandparents are tutors, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. Watch the video .
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Sheila Rettaliata and Paul Arfin (who gave "In honor of our granddaughters, Davi and Mira Schulman," for their  contributions.  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.  If you're an organization, join us!

Earn CEUs at Generations Remixed

Attendees of the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference are eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for their participation in this professional development event through Pennsylvania State University.  Learn more
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Generations United's Photography Contest - Deadline: March 15, 2017!
Generations United is excited to promote our intergenerational photography contest.This year's theme is "Generations Unleashed: Equal Value Unleashed." The photographs should illustrate the contest's theme with creativity and insight. The Photography Contest is open to photographers of all ages. See full submission guidelines.
Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation, is part of our 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 
Culture United
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
This book from J.D. Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate,is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The story centers around the  Vance family - J.D.'s grandparents, who, during the postwar America were "dirt poor and in love." They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.  But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life. 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
Mount Allison University's Health Care Outreach Club
This week's cool idea, Mount Allison University's Health Care Outreach Club, is initiating a new intergenerational project that will bring together students and older adults for social interactions in a friendly and fun setting. The program seeks to combat depression, loneliness or social isolation among seniors. 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
2017 RSVP Expansion Competition. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to increase the impact of national service in one or more counties across the country. Funding priorities include Education - Intergenerational Programming, which require applicants to address ways to increase older adult engagement with young people in the areas of school readiness and K-12 success.  Notice of Intent Deadline: March 7, 2017. Application Deadline: April 4, 2017. Learn more

2017 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program. The National Foster Youth Institute is accepting submissions from youth who experienced foster care (18-30 years old) across the United States with leadership potential and a drive for change. Individuals who are interested in using their voices to improve the foster care system for all youth and families are encouraged to apply. Deadline: March 5, 2017. Learn more

JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program. The 2017 Mini-Grant Program will focus on funding the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation center services that will address services for the elder population and care issues. Mini-Grants of $12,000 for up to two years will be awarded to up to five organizations. Deadline: March 13, 2017. Learn more

The Pilcrow Foundation: Children's Book Project. The Foundation's Children's Book Project supports libraries located in a rural area within the 50 United States that have a limited operating budget and an active children's department. Through the program, a library's local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of children's books. Deadline: March 1, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
Impact of Raising Eligibility Age for Medicare. This report by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare Foundation is a one-year snapshot of the impact of raising the eligibility age on health insurance coverage with and without the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The results are stark in both scenarios. 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

Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.   This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations.   
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 20-24, 2017. 
Dare to Dream at the 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Anaheim, CA. March 22-25, 2017. Learn more

CWLA 2017 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy:  Highlighting successful Strategies to Address the Needs of Children, Youth & Families.  Child Welfare League of America. March 29 - 31, 2017. Washington, DC.  Learn more

National Indian Child Welfare Association's 35th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. NICWA. April 2-5, 2017. San Diego, CA. Learn more

5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 25-26, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

17th National Conference on Children & the Law: SOAR - Strengthening Our Advocacy for Results. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 27-28, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope. Generations United. May 10, 2017. Washington, DC. Learn more
Generations Remixed conference. Generations United and St. Ann Center for  Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

National Foster Parent Association 2017 Education Conference. NFPA. June 21-24, 2017. Houston, TX. Learn more

2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).   Louisville, KY. Nov. 3 -5, 2017.  Learn more

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
"I wanted those in the country who have been raised by their grandmother like me, or who have been raised in foster care, or who have gay parents, whatever nontraditional way of family, to understand, you are just as good as anybody else, you just need love ~Kenny Leon on directing THE WIZ. He turns 61 on Friday!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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