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Save the Date: Inaugural State of Grandfamilies Event
Tom Taylor's Take on Ebola and Misinformation
2014 Eisner Prize Winners on YouTube
Take Advantage of Early Registration!
Grandparents, Grand Votes
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Webinar on Improving Grandfamilies' Access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The Art of Volunteering
2015 Outstanding Young Leaders (OYL) Application Launch!
Culture United
Building Bridges - Cool Ideas
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
In the News
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 Volume 9, Issue 44
November 5, 2014
Save the Date
Inaugural State of Grandfamilies Report Release

Generations United's Board of Directors invites you to a reception on Dec. 3, 5pm to 7pm, at our office (on Capitol Hill at 25 E Street NW) as we release a unique report that shines a light on families where grandparents or other relatives are raising children. RSVP by Dec. 1. Learn more

Tom at a Seniors4Kids event.
Tom Taylor's Take on Ebola and Misinformation
It's often said that older adults hold the knowledge of history that helps them give young people context for present events. In his guest post for our Together blog, Tom Taylor, a senior advisor to our Seniors4Kids initiative, pulls from his 80-plus years of wisdom to contextualize our present events, focusing on the Ebola outbreak, fears and possible solutions to misinformation. Learn more

2014 Eisner Prize Winners on YouTube

Couldn't make it to last week's award luncheon at the 2014 Encore Nation Conference? The Eisner Foundation posted video clips of their 2014 Eisner Prize winners, Bridge Meadows and The Intergenerational Schools, to their YouTube channel! Watch: Bridge Meadows | The Intergenerational Schools.

Take Advantage of Early Registration!

Registration is open for our 2015 conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The advanced registration rate of $325 is available until Dec. 31. Visit the conference website  as you make your plans. Register today! 

Grandparents, Grand Votes
In her new Huffington Post blog, Donna offers ways young and old can take part together on this Election Day and beyond. "Three-quarters of grandparents say voting is a value they are passing down, or they are interested in passing down, to their grandchildren," Donna writes. "Consistently demonstrating its importance is critical." Read Grandparents, Grand Votes
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United welcomes our new member, Gray Panthers/UCSF,
and renewing member, County of San DiegoMerci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.

Webinar on Improving Grandfamilies' Access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Generations United, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, invites you to join us for a webinar to explore how states and counties can support grandfamilies through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Learn more

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The Art of Volunteering

The North County Intergenerational Council, of San Francisco, has a great volunteer idea. They will inspire residents to build an age-friendly community through their free workshop, The Art of Volunteering: Neighbors Helping Neighbors on Fri., Nov. 14. What a great way to train volunteers across ages. Learn more

2015 Outstanding Young Leaders (OYL) Application Launch!
Annually, FosterClub works to recognize 100 young leaders who display remarkable resilience. These leaders (ages 16-24)  may be active on youth boards and engaged on the local, state and national level. Visit the OYL overview page to nominate yourself, nominate a youth, volunteer as a writer and scorer, or to donate.

Culture United
Chrisley Knows Best

Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying  impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged. This week's feature is Chrisley Knows Best, a USA Network reality show. The southern family patriarch and his wife are raising their mixed race grandchild. 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

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Cool Ideas
Building Bridges

In part 23 of our series, we feature Building Bridges, a program of the University of Missouri Extension.  Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group or just text us through the FacebookMessenger app (friend me to join our Cool Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! DisclaimerSpotlighting ideas does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs. Share the inspiration. Learn more about Building Bridges

Funding Opportunities

EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award up to $15,000 for each of 42 college student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches that address environmental challenges. Deadline: Dec. 16, 2014. Learn more


Sodexo Foundation Youth GrantsYouth Service America and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day - April 17-19, 2015 - and beyond. Deadline: midnight on Jan. 15, 2015. Learn more


If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources
Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards
This comprehensive pre-placement licensing standards help ensure children in foster care are safe while also establishing a reasonable, common-sense pathway to enable more relatives and non-related caregivers to become licensed foster parents. Learn more

Smart Spending and Saving Habits that Reflect Your Financial Values 
This resource helps older adults teach youth and young adults financial lessons to help them avoid debt and promotes saving and investing early in life. Learn more 

Under One Roof and Connecting Generations 

These resources are available for the shipping and handling price -
Under One Roof is $4.50 and Connecting Generations is $5.50. Order your copies today!

Medicare and Medicaid: The Next 50 Years. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. Jan. 28 - 29, 2015. Learn more


47th Annual Senior Leadership Conference. Alliance for Children and Families. Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb. 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 2015. Learn more 


SAVE the DATE: Ready by 21 National Meeting. The Forum for Youth Investment. New Orleans, LA. March 31 - April 2, 2015. Learn more 


More Powerful Together: The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 9-11, 2015. Learn more 


Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 

In the News                 

An editorial in The Topeka Capital-Journal was on grandparents stepping up to raise their grandchildren when the parents are not present. Read "Kansas Department of Children and Families knows importance of grandparents."


"Because [grandparents] are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations." ~President Jimmy Carter

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We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports and webinars. Local and state events can be shared in our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! My email is I'd love to hear from you!




Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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