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 Volume 11, Issue 27
July 6, 2016
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Meet Our Summer Interns
We're thrilled to have Carolyn Walsh and Monique McIntyre as part of our team this summer! We look forward to their energy and fresh ideas. You can learn more about them from their introductory blogs. So, meet Carolyn and Monique!

Help Generations United Help Grandfamilies!
Last week, Generations United's efforts helped lead to the successful passage of the  Family First Prevention Services Act  in the House of Representatives. The bill now heads  to the Senate for a vote.  If passed, it would  provide key supportive services   to grandfamilies. We have few precious days before the Senate recesses for the summer. We need your help to make this happen.  Contact your senators today and tell them you support the Family First Prevention Services Act  (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121) . And   help us  continue giving grandfamilies a voice on Capitol Hill. We need your support today. Thank you. 
Thank You for Helping Grandfamilies
We thank  Bert  Hayslip and Steven Williams  for helping us continue to give grandfamilies a voice on Capitol Hill.
Record-Setting Number of Applicants for Generations United's Program of  Distinction

Outstanding intergenerational programs are on the rise, and the interest in becoming a Program of Distinction is growing by leaps and bounds. This year, Generations United received an all-time record number of applications! Learn about our current Programs of Distinction, and stay tuned for this year's designees to be announced later this summer.

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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge,   is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  campaign 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 and share them. Follow #bandAGEofhonor and learn more about our campaign
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new member,  STEP - Sharing Teens and Elders Project for their contributions. We also thank  Cydney Campbell  for her donation in honor of "Alan King at Generations United, who makes sure all the trains run on time....not a easy job. Thanks, Alan."  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.
NASI Names New CEO
The National Academy of Social Insurance,  a long-time valued collaborator in the area of Social Security for all ages, named William J. Arnone as their Chief Executive Officer. Arnone is one of the nation's leading experts on retirement security and employee benefits law. Learn more
What Child Advocates Need to Know About Social Security
Did you know that Social Security is one of our nation's largest anti-poverty programs for kids? The Center for Global Policy Solutions invites you to a special Capitol Hill briefing on Tues., July 12, at noon, to preview their latest report, "Overlooked, But Not Forgotten: How Social Security Lifts Millions More Kids Out of Poverty." The briefing includes a panel with Donna Butts and other experts. The findings underscore the program's important role in providing income support for vulnerable children and their families. Learn more
Request for Applications from States to Help Struggling Families
The National Governors Association, in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), invites states, commonwealths, and territories to apply to participate in the Parents and Children Thriving Together (PACTT): Two-Generation State Policy Network. This technical assistance initiative offers an exciting opportunity for states to advance strategies that focus on two-generation policies and systems reforms. Learn more
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!  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 .
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Let's Color the Music
The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra is raising funds to create a 31-page intergenerational coloring book that explains the instruments of a symphony orchestra. The book is intended for grandparents, parents and children to share in the wonder of classical, semi-classical and popular music as played by a symphony orchestra. Free copies of the coloring books will be offered to school systems, senior centers and  music outreach programs. 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
Celebrating Portland - An Intergenerational Collaboration
This intergenerational art exhibit, which opened last week, examines how Portland's unique charm manifests itself on the canvases of 13 local artists, ranging in age from 20-something to octogenarians. From depicting Oregonian politicians through portraiture, to working alongside and creating designs for local businesses, the exhibit will honor Portland-inspired art and the artists of all ages who create it and call Portland their home. 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

Disney Summer of Service Grants. Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company are teaming up this summer to offer $500 each to 340 young change-makers who can turn their creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016. Learn more


Policy and Advocacy Grant. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is offering grants to aid communities expanding access to programs and services for all ages and include system change/improvement. Community/civic engagement must involve diverse stakeholders mobilizing and affecting change.  LOI Deadline: July 20, 2016. Learn more

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 engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  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
"The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family."  ~Lee Iacocca, American automobile executive known for spearheading the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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