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 Volume 11, Issue 24
June 15, 2016
Generations United's Statement Supporting the Family First Prevention Services Act
Generations United commends House and Senate leaders on the proposed bipartisan, bicameral  Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) . This groundbreaking legislation takes the bold step to redirect federal funding to support evidence-based, upfront prevention services, making them available to the approximately 2.5 million children whose grandparents or other relatives step in to care for them, keeping them out of foster care and with family.  Read the full Statement of Support .
Generations United's 2017 Conference Theme Rocks!

Inspired by our host city, Milwaukee, home to the largest music festival in the world, "Generations Remixed" is a theme composed to turn up the volume on intergenerational efforts worldwide! Read more on the blog.

n4a Kicks Off Campaign to Prevent Financial Exploitation of Older Americans
Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In recognition, the  National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) 
launched a public education campaign focusing on the epidemic of financial exploitation scams targeting older Americans and costing them about $36 billion annually. Resources like the International Federation on Ageing (IFA)'s Elder Abuse Awareness Teen Kit takes an intergenerational approach to keeping elders safe. Learn more about n4a's campaign.
Apply By June 30! Be Recognized as a Program of Distinction
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 . Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing members, A Little Help and Sunshine Care, for 
their contribution.  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.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Dr. Benard P. Dreyer, FAAP and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics,  is part of our  Valuing Vaccinations Across 
Generations   campaign,  #bandAGEofhonor which we launched  in partnership with the  Gerontological Society of America  and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer Check out additional memes, share them, then learn more about our campaign

Seeking Families for Participation in Evaluation Activity

Last week, we released our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide, which provides a timeline of vaccine development since the early 1900s as well as statistics about their use and effectiveness. Now, Generations United is looking for 3-5 families willing to review and use the new resource. If you're interested in participating in our evaluation exercise, please contact our Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig.

News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 

With Father's Day coming up, Bridges Together's "Grand Conversation Cards" can help start a discussion with your grandfather or grandfriend. Learn more

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
Garbage Bag Suitcase by Shenandoah Chefalo
Garbage Bag Suitcase is the true story of Shenandoah Chefalo's wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endured numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman's journey to overcome her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system. 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
Community Corps' Jumpstart
Community Corps' members are caring adults of diverse backgrounds and ages who implement the same proven curriculum as our college Corps members. Community Corps members often join Jumpstart directly in the communities where they live, fostering even deeper connections with the children and families they serve.  Read the full profile.
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

2016 Lifespan Respite Care Program: Grants to New States. The Administration for Community Living will provide up to three grants of $200,000 each for planning, establishing and expanding/enhancing Lifespan respite Care systems in the states. Deadline: June 23, 2016. 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.  

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
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 jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact. The Institute for Educational Leadership. Pittsburgh, PA. June 20 - 22, 2016. Learn more

Better Together: Collaborating for Kids! National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children. Las Vegas, NV. June 22 - 25, 2016. Learn more

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

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
"Alone a youth runs fast, with an elder slow, but together they go far." ~Luo Proverb

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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