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 Volume 11, Issue 15
April 13, 2016
Congress Passes Older American's Act
Generations United applauds the passage last week by Congress of   legislation to reauthorize the Older American's Act. 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. The bill will go next the President to be signed.  Stay tuned for a more detailed summary of intergenerational provisions. 
Celebrate with us on April 19th!
Join us on April 19, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Washington, DC as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. The event, which will honor this year's MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities, will feature remarks from Dennis White (MetLife Foundation), Marian Wright Edelman (Children's Defense Fund), and Jim Firman (National Council on Aging). We're grateful for the support of MetLife Foundation, PhRMA and AARP to help us celebrate this important milestone.  Learn more, then register today!
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 2016
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month read and share the recently released report from the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse Fatalities entitled Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. A summary of findings is available.
AARP Challenges Millenials' Views on Aging 
What age do you consider to be old? AARP posed that question to millennials and asked them to show us what "old" looks like. Then they introduced them to some real "old" people. Watch what happens when folks let go of their outdated beliefs and embrace the idea that aging is not about decline - it's about growth. Learn more about AARP's efforts to #DisruptAging
Warm Welcome to the New ED of NCCA
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) which promotes healthy aging through creative expression in the arts and humanities serving older people, announces the appointment of Jennie Smith-Peers, now the executive director of Elders Share the Arts, to serve as the new NCCA executive director upon the retirement of Gay Hanna the current executive director at the end of June 2016. Congratulations to both Jennie and Gay as they embark on their new journeys! Click here to read the announcement.
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
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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Grandma's Garden
In his new song, Grandma's Garden , Zac Brown, lead singer of the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band plays tribute to his grandmother in this touching ballad . The song appears on a recently released compilation album called Southern Family from producer Dave Cobb.

In the song, Brown sings "Grandma had a garden in the backyard / She always had a way with things that grow / She'd be out there early in the springtime / Just as soon as she was sure it wouldn't snow /  She'd say, 'I love to watch the seeds I've planted / Grow up into what they oughta be' / Oh, I thought she was talking about tomatoes / But she was talking about her family."  Check out the new song 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
White House Science  Fair  and Intergenerational Science Experiments
As President Obama hosts the White House Science Fair tomorrow,  check out  the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators.  You can join in by participating in your own scientific explorations with members of another generation. Check out Generations United's intergenerational learning activities for ideas on how to get started.

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

The Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects in Aging
The Retirement Research Foundation's (RRF) next proposal application deadline is  August 1, 2016. RRF is based in Chicago and 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. 
RRF offers an opportunity for applicants to submit a brief, optional Letter of Inquiry(LOI) as part of our grantmaking process. Deadline for LOIs: June 20, 2016.   

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 Community-Police Partnership Awards, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), recognize, sustain, and share the work of innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and revitalization. Awards ranging from $15,000 to $20,000 are provided in 9 different categories, including Blight Reduction; Civic Engagement; School-Based Programs; and Gang Prevention and Youth Safety.
Deadline: April 17, 2016 Learn more

RWJF Culture of Health Leadership Development Programs 
T he Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is looking for clinicians, researchers, doctoral students, community leaders and professionals to apply for one of four new, funded leadership opportunities to build a Culture of Health in America.  Deadline: April 19, 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 gu@gu.org
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. 
Events

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 13-17, 2017. 
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" I am incredibly lucky to have my grandmother in my life. As she turns 90, she is a remarkably energetic and dedicated guiding force for her family.    And I am so glad that my children are having the chance to get to know The Queen. George and Charlotte, too, will discover how lucky they are to have such a wonderful great-grandmother - a role model for the rest of their lives."

Prince William paying tribute to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth on her 90th birthday

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