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 Volume 11, Issue 16
April 20, 2016
What a Celebration of Communities & 30 Years of Accomplishments!  
Thank you to everyone who joined us or sent their best wishes as we celebrated Generations United's 30th Anniversary and recognized three terrific communities for their outstanding commitment to intergenerational solutions! Check out photos from the event and learn more about the 2016 awardees.
All Generations Benefit from PIE in Schools
In Donna's latest Huffington Post blog, co-authored by Generations United Strategic Advisor Juan Williams, they emphasize the valuable role of Grandparents and other older adults, especially when it comes to supporting the education of our children. A perfect example is the success of Glenmount School's PIE (or Partner's in Education) program, which has engaged grandparents as full partners in its efforts to increase family engagement.
Huffington Post invites you to Talk To Me
The Huff Po is building a movement to spark conversations between parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren and grandfriends. They want you to be a part of it. Using your smart phone, you can capture a conversation with someone of another generation and post it on Facebook live using the hashtag #TalkToMe. Check out Talk To Me to learn more about the five easy steps to participate.
President Signs Older American's Act
On April 19th, President Obama signed the bill to reauthorization of the Older American's Act. Generations United is pleased that it includes a number of intergenerational provisions including language to encourage intergenerational shared sites, modernize multipurpose senior centers, and to expand eligibility of for the National Family Caregiver  Support Program to older caregiving of adults children with disabilities. We're creating a fact sheet so stay tuned for a more detailed summary of intergenerational provisions. 
Celebrate Older Americans Month 2016
May is Older Americans Month, and this year's theme is "Blaze a Trail." The Administration for Community Living will use May as an opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. Join in promoting activities, inclusion, and wellness for older Americans in your community.  Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Julie Tippens and John Steele for their contribution in honor of Bill Libro's birthday and a winning hockey season!

Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.

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A Morning with Grandpa
Sylvia Liu and Christina Forshay's new book, A Morning with Grandpa, is based on the fun and funny relationship Liu's father has with his granddaughters. The illustrations are beautiful! Learn more about the book here.
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

Finland's "Homes That Fit" program is a win win

In Finland where housing costs are high, young people find more than just inexpensive rent when they move into senior apartment buildings. As for the older adults? "These youngsters are the sun." Watch this great video to 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

Good Neighbor School Impact Grants
Youth Service America and State Farm are looking for school administrators who want to create a culture of meaningful learning through service in their school or school district. Twenty K-12 schools or school districts will be selected to receive a grant of up to $5,000.   Deadline: May 6, 2016. 
Funds Available for Anti-Gang Efforts
The Comprehensive  Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs initiative of the Department of Justice supports community partnership implementing anti-gang programs, including primary and secondary prevention, gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement. Deadline: Mary 23, 2016. Learn more

TechSoup's Storymakers 2016 contest is a great opportunity to improve your skills and create a compelling narrative that motivates your funders, supporters, and the media.  This year's storytelling campaign will have four prizes: Best Nonprofit Video, Best Nonprofit Photography, Audience Choice Award, and Best Story of Tomorrow Award, focusing on youth and the next generation.  TechSoup will host a series of free webinars around topics like storyboarding, production, and polishing video.  The Storymakers 2016 contest begins April 5 and ends on May 31. Learn more
The Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects in Aging
Based in Chicago, the Retirement Research Foundation is one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. Proposals for direct service and advocacy projects that have a local focus are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.  Deadline: August 1, 2016

Youth Opportunity Fund Grants
  Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance are awarding one-year grants of up to $250,000 in 10 major cities that will launch or expand innovative programs that prepare low-income young adults, 16 to 24, for continuing education, careers and lifelong success.   Deadline: May 2, 2016.  Learn more

Capital Grants for Education and Healthcare in Seventeen States
The Gladys Brooks Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations located in the seventeen states.The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on libraries, educational institutions, and hospitals and clinics in the targeted states. Grant applications will be considered only for major expenditures, generally between $50,000 and $100,000. Funds are intended to be used for capital projects, including equipment and endowments. Deadline: May 31, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit. This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
New Nonprofit Leader Course sponsored by the Allstate Foundation. To strengthen leadership in the nonprofit sector, The Allstate Foundation partnered with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management's Center for Nonprofit Management in 2014 to launch the Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program  Learn more

The Red Book - A Guide to Work Incentives.   The Social Security Administration outlines employment supports for older and younger workers.  The guide explains how working can affect benefits. It also shows where workers can find local services and more.  Learn more

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. 

Coming Together: Building the Path, Shining the Light.  Lutheran Services in America.  Minneapolis, MN. Apr. 25-28, 2016.   Learn more

The 8th Eden Alternative International Conference. The Eden Alternative. Little Rock, AK. May 3-5, 2016. Learn more

In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 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

Global Intergenerational Conference. 
Generations United. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017. 
Learn more
 "Generations United is a celebration. The creation of Generations United marks the recognition that America's generations, its old and young, its children, students, its workers and retired have never been closer, and at the same time, have never needed one another as much as they do today."

Founders at press conference announcing a new coalition,Generations United,
on August 5, 1986

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