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 Volume 13, Issue 7
February 14, 2018
Generations United in the News
  • The Family First Prevention Services Act was signed into law last week as part of the bipartisan federal spending bill. This long-awaited legislation will help the more than 2.5 million children and their caregivers in grandfamilies in three major ways. Learn more.
  • Senators Joni Ernst and Mike Lee, along with a representative of Sen. Marco Rubio, joined the International Women's Federation to announce a proposal by which parents could draw on future Social Security retirement benefits to pay for parental leave. Generations United opposes this proposal. Read why.
Think Babies and Act with Strolling Thunder
On May 8th, babies and families from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will again descend on Capitol Hill for ZERO TO THREE's second annual Strolling ThunderTM event! The families will share their stories with their Members of Congress and urge them to Think Babies and Act - for stronger families, vibrant communities, and a prosperous country. Learn more.
'My grandparents were heroes and gave me a healthy upbringing.' 
At last week's Senate Health Committee hearing, Senator Tammy Baldwin, an honorary co-chair of Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies  Council, shared how her mother being prescribed a multitude of medications  
was among the reasons she went to live with her grandparents. Watch video clip of Baldwin's story , then check out our Twitter recap for additional hearing highlights. 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new member, Bridging The Gapp, for their contribution. 
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 !
Across the country, the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Helps States respond to the Opioid Crisis 
SSBG protects babies, children, youth and families from harm and help them get the support they need to heal and thrive. It provides a flexible funding source to help states meet the unique and rapidly increasing needs of communities as they respond to the crisis. Learn more, then see the Faces of SSBG.
Cool Ideas
Intergenerational Discussion on Growing Up
The Daily Advertiser, based in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales (Australia), recently set up an intergenerational chat between a teen and 79-year-old. The two women compared notes on growing up and the best and worst things about their age. 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.
Culture United
Follow Your Heart
It's late autumn in 1992. Prompted by the knowledge of her encroaching death, an Italian woman writes a letter to her granddaughter now grown and living in far-off America. Through the eyes of a woman nearing the end of her days, we come to understand what life experiences have taught her: that no matter the stakes, we must look within ourselves and gather courage to follow our hearts. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
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Are You Exceptional? Intern With Generations United!
Our internships -- beginning in late spring/early summer in Washington, DC -- provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network.  Stipends available. Deadline to apply is March 16, 2018.  Learn more
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Art Works Grant. The National Endowment for the Arts support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Second Art Works Deadline: July 12, 2018.  Learn more.

L umina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity.   Lumina Foundation, in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is offering a one-time investment of $1 million to support colleges and universities that are working to improve their campus climates by providing opportunities for constructive racial dialogue. Four to five grants of up to $100,000 are reserved for colleges and universities that can document their existing comprehensive efforts to advance equity on their campuses and in their communities. Deadline: Feb. 26, 2018. Learn more.

2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award.   Nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize, which will present $50,000 to five extraordinary individuals -- ages 50 and older -- who are using their life experience to make a better future for all ages.  In addition to the cash prizes, one of the five winners will be awarded the Andrus Award for Intergenerational Excellence, named for AARP's founder. Deadline: March 6, 2018. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
A Child Care Agenda for Congress, the Administration, and States: 2018 - 2019 Policy Platform.  Child Care Aware of America is leading an effort to hold Congress, the Administration and the states accountable in addressing the critical issues of provider wages, development and identify gaps between supply/demand in all communities.This agenda is  informed by Child Care Aware of America's national membership and by the parents and families they serve. Learn more.  

Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice.  This report describes findings from a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming in senior housing that was conducted by Generations United and LeadingAge, with support from the Retirement Research Foundation.  Learn more.

Promoting Permanency for Teens: A 50 State Review of Law and Policy. This report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and the National Center for Youth Law focuses on policies impacting permanency for older youth in foster care. The report's "Element 1" highlights efforts to locate relatives of teens in care. Read the full report.
29th Annual National Service-Learning Conference: Justice in Action.  National Youth Leadership Council. St. Paul, MN. March 11-13, 2018. Learn more

2018 Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging.  San Francisco, CA. March 26-29, 2018. Learn more.

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more.
"Who knows only his generation remains always a child." ~George Norlin, former president of the University of Colorado.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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