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 Volume 11, Issue 13
March 30, 2016
Celebrate with us on April 19th!
We're grateful for the support of MetLife Foundation, PhRMA and AARP helping us kick off our 30th anniversary on April 19, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Washington, DC! The event, which will honor this year's MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities, will feature remarks from Dennis White (MetLife Foundation), Matthew Melmed (ZERO TO THREE) & Bob Blancato (Matz, Blancato & Associates). Learn more, then register today!
News from our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!

Our friends at Sweet Readers created a  3-minute documentary  to inspire young people to engage with and for isolated elderly people struggling with Alzheimer's and related disorders.

Are you a member or supporter of Generations United? If not, learn more here.
April Fool's Day is Friday - Watch Our Social Media!
We're gearing up for more fun! Here's one from last year:
This Just In -
Generations United and the European Union
To reflect Generations United's growing global dominance, the  European Union merged with GU to become  the "GU EU." Happy April Fool's Day!
Smile & Take the Shot
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Our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign ( #BandAGEofhonor ), which we launched in partnership with the  Gerontological Society of America  and American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer , is gaining momentum! Check out additional memes, share them, then learn more about our campaign
Help Us Plan Our 19th Biennial Conference in Milwaukee!!  
Along with our co-conveners, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, we're calling on the best of the intergenerational field to help us plan and attend the Global Intergenerational Conference, June 13-17, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI. This one-of-a-kind international conference provides a unique opportunity to learn, network and share innovative practices and programs in the intergenerational field.

Stay tuned to Generations This Week and the conference website  for updates including call for proposals and registration details. Please contact Emily Patrick or Cathy Feldkamp if you are interested in serving on the planning committee.
New Education Opportunity for Professionals Working with Grandfamilies 
The University of Maine Center on Aging has created a certificate program providing core education, technical support, and leadership development for practitioners and professionals delivering grandfamily and kinship services across the country.  This online certificate program is comprised of 9 modules delivered over a 12-week period using a cohort model.  Ana Beltan, Attorney and Special Advisor to Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies, is responsible for the legal module. The University of Maine Center on Aging is currently collecting fall 2016 wait list registrations for this popular program. For more information and to join the wait list, visit

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters:
PhRMA for their support of Generations United's 30th anniversary celebration and Best Intergenerational Communities Awards & Abbott Laboratories for their support of the upcoming 2016 State of Grandfamilies Report.
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.
Culture United
Kit's Wilderness
Thirteen-year-old Kit and his family have moved back to Stoneygate,  an old coal-mining town , to be with his grandfather who is succumbing to Alzheimer's Disease.  Kit's Wilderness   examines the bonds of family from one generation to the next, and explores how meaning and beauty can be revealed from the depths of darkness. While in Stoneygate, Kit meets John Askew, another boy whose family has both worked and died in the mines.  As Kit's grandfather tells him stories of the mine's past and the history of the Watson family, Askew takes Kit into the mines, where the boys look to find the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors.   

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
Habitat Intergenerational Program (HIP)
This Massachusetts program promotes awareness and conservation of the natural environment through educational programs and community service projects coordinated by Massachusetts Audubon's Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary. Community service and educational activities take place within the 84-acre sanctuary and out in the surrounding communities. HIP activities bring people of all ages together to work on a variety of environmental service projects: removing invasive species, helping to rejuvenate a pond, restoring walking trails, and creating wildlife habitat areas at schools using only native plants. 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 .   Learn more about Finding Your P.L.A.C.E. .
RWJF Leadership/Funding Opportunity to Build a Culture of Heath - APPLICATIONS OPEN
Tired of status-quo solutions to problems that impact health/well-being? Apply for new funded leadership dev program:

The 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
Learn More

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
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

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

EPA Environmental Education Grants. The EPA will  give   grants nationwide to  projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Each of the 30 grants has a maximum award of $91,000. Deadline: April 8, 2016.  Learn more

Innovations in American Government Awards.  Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is offering the $100,000  Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government , a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation.  Deadline: April 15, 2016.   Learn more

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

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

Because we owe so much to the past, we have the obligation to try to pass on a world to the next generation which is a little better than the one we inherited so that those who come after, standing on our shoulders, can see a little further and do a little better in turn. Robert Ball 

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