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 Volume 11, Issue 31
Aug. 3, 2016

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Call for Proposals Now Open for Generations Remixed - Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016!
The 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference will showcase the best of intergenerational research, policy and programming. Recognizing the diversity in the intergenerational field, proposals should fall into one of the focus areas. Those categories include  Technology Linking GenerationsGrandfamilies 
and  Health & Wellness Learn more, then submit a proposal to present

Help Grandfamilies Win in September!
Despite strong advocacy from the field and leadership from the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden and their staff, the Senate adjourned early for summer recess yesterday without passing the  Family First Prevention Services Act, which would  provide key supportive services  to grandfamilies. The good news is that the Senate remains strongly committed to passing the bill when they return in September. Please note the statement from Senator Wyden 
urging passage of the legislation. And  help us  continue giving grandfamilies a voice on Capitol Hill. We need your support today. Thank you. 
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of actress and producer Olivia Wilde, best known for her role as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the award-winning series House, is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  campaign. W e launched the campaign  in partnership with 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
Simone Biles - A GrAND Success Story
With the Olympics two days away, we look at how Ron and Nellie Biles took their granddaughter, Simone, from a 6-year-old passionate about gymnastics to an Olympic Gold hopeful.  When Simone's biological mother started using hard drugs and alcohol, her grandparents intervened, traveling from their home in Houston, Texas, to Columbus, Ohio, to get their grandchildren out of foster care. The Biles' story is one of love and perseverance. The underlining lesson, illustrated in how the family overcomes obstacles, is that we're stronger together. Read the profile
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
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad, the latest selection of Oprah Winfrey's book club, chronicles the life of a teenage slave named Cora, who flees the Georgia plantation where she was born, risking everything in pursuit of freedom, much the way her mother, Mabel, did years before. In Underground Railroad, there's a kind of prologue that recounts the story of Cora's grandmother Ajarry, who was kidnapped in Africa, sold into slavery and repeatedly swapped and resold in America; and Cora's story is intercut with interludes featuring portraits of other characters, like the slave catcher, Ridgeway, and her friend, Caesar. - New York Times 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

Finding Your P.L.A.C.E.

This week's cool idea is Finding Your P.L.A.C.E., a collaborative service learning partnership between Wood County Committee on Aging, Bowling Green State University gerontology students and Montessori School of Bowling Green student.  The goal is to use learning activities and connected experiences to change expectations on what people with dementia can do. 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
Kids Run the Nation Fund. The Kids Run the Nation Fund, an initiative of the Road Runners Club of America, awards grants of $500 to $1,000 to U.S. nonprofits and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Since the goal of the grant program is to have kids running at least once a week for multiple weeks, funded running programs should offer more than just one-time events. Deadline: Oct. 1, 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 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
"My grandparents...valued traits like honesty and hard work. Kindness and courtesy. Humility; responsibility; helping each other out. ...America has changed over the years. But these value my grandparents taught me - they haven't gone anywhere. They're as strong as ever." ~President Obama, who turns 55 tomorrow.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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