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 Volume 11, Issue 46
November 16, 2016
Save the Date - 5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope
Generations United is thrilled to announce plans for the 5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope on May 10th  2017, in Washington, DC. The National GrandRally is a highly visible gathering of  grandfamilies  and their fellow advocates to elevate the critical role grandparents and other relatives play in providing safe, loving, permanent families for children and the policy changes needed to effectively support them while building and strengthening a community of hope.  Learn more see our GrandRally FAQs  and  start planning your trip today.
Generations United in the News
  • KTOO Public Media and ran Teresa Wiltz's Nov. 2nd Stateline article on grandparents raising children due to the opioid epidemic. The article, which cites our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report, quotes Jaia Peterson Lent. KyForward article | KTOO Public Media article
  • In her piece for GRAND Magazine, Jaia highlights that for the more than 55,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system who are living in group homes, the gift of family feels largely out of reach. Read her piece.
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Generation to Generation Launches Tomorrow!
Generations United is working with 
Generation to Generation, the new five-year campaign to mobilize 1 million people over 50 to stand up for kids and, in turn, show what's possible when people across generations work together. Powered by our friends at and with a strong coalition of partner organizations, this campaign will highlight opportunities for older adults to make a difference in the lives of young people, support innovative pilot programs, and demonstrate impact through sharing inspirational stories and best practices. Learn more and sign up!
The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships' Call for Papers
The  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR), the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field, is seeking scholarly papers (up to 7,000 words) and From the Field papers (900-2,000 words) for their special issue: "Intergenerational Learning & Education in Schools". See full submission requirements. | Read instructions for authors.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Rosanna Steinig for her  contribution (in honor of "Sheri Steinig, our wonderful daughter-in-law, who does wonderful work at Generations United.")  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.  If you're an organization, Join us!
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
  • Bridges Together's Grand Conversation Cards help spark conversation and dialogue between generations. Learn more 
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  .
Shout Outs                
Journalist Remembers Growing Up in Grandfamily
Tammy Trujillo, an award-winning radio host, knows first-hand the challenges and triumphs grandfamilies face and overcome. She was raised by her grandparents. When she visited her late grandmother, who suffered from dementia, something special happened. Read Tammy's story
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Keri Russell - an actress best known for title role in the TV series, Felicity -  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
Culture United
Mama Left Me
Author and educator, Carol Ingram Moore, explores the thorny emotional and psychological terrain traveled by children being raised by their grandparents and other relatives.
Told from multiple points of view, the story centers on the Walker family: Pearl, a successful artist who abandons her daughter; Natalie, the daughter left in the care of her grandmother; and Ellen, the retired schoolteacher charged with looking after Natalie.  Ellen and Natalie must find ways to reconcile themselves to the new reality thrust upon them by Pearl. Thankfully, Uncle Robert, church members, and many others stand by their side, ready and willing to help. 

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
Stoughton Community Garden
This week's cool idea is the Stoughton Community Garden in Massachusetts tended by 10 groups of garden partners made up of youth, elders and family members working together. 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 Youth Garden Grants. KidsGardening is offering $750 in supplies to 20 winners - school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2016. Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation awards grants for advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance. 
Proposals are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. RRF has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans.  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  
Research & Resources  
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. 

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
Call for Proposals for 2017 CWLA National Conference. Child Welfare League of America. Washington, DC. Proposal deadline: Nov. 30, 2016.  Learn more

Aging in America. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 20-24, 2017. Learn more
*Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

Registration Now Open! International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018. Learn more
"In a family where the old do not fear death, the young do not fear life."  ~Erik Erikson

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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