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 Volume 12, Issue 22
May 31, 2017
MetLife Foundation and Generations United Announce 2017 Best Intergenerational Communities
Please join us in applauding the recipient of the 2017 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Community Award: City of Two Harbors, Minnesota. In addition, kudos go to the 2017 National Finalists: City of Surprise, Arizona; Jenks Public Schools in Jenks, Oklahoma; and Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts. The next few weeks, stay tuned to learn more about each community. Winner and National Finalists will be recognized at the opening reception of the 19th Global intergenerational Conference, taking place June 14th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Generations Remixed Program Book Now Available!
Our 19th Global Intergenerational Conference is less than two weeks away! The full program book is now available. Get the details on workshops, pre-conferences, keynotes, evening activities, and more. View the program book to  get age-amped  and ready to create connections across generations. 
For more information or to register for the conference, visit the conference homepage.
Generations United in the News               
  • Generations United responded to the President's proposed budget cuts, which would shred the compact that binds generations together through decade's old, effective social insurance, health care and other programs. Read the full response
  • On her blog at, writer and activist Ashton Applewhite highlighted our report with The Eisner Foundation. Learn more
  • Our report was also featured on YALSA's (Young Adult Library Services Association's) blog. Read their post.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, AARP, for their contribution.  T ogether,  we 
are  building  a world that values all generations!  You can 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.  If you're an organization, join us!
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Juan Williams Named 'Broadcast Journalist of the Year'!
Generations United's strategic advisor, Juan Williams, was honored last week at the Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner at National Press Club in D.C. Juan (a veteran of Fox News, NPR and Washington Post) is best known these days for his role as The Five's sole progressive co-host. Watch Juan in action as emcee at our May 16th report release event with The Eisner Foundation. 
Apply Today! 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 August 1, 2017 Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
Gen2Gen Summer Challenge
Summertime is a welcome break for school-goers all over America, but it's also a time when many young people fall behind. This Summer,'s Generation to Generation campaign is asking adults over 50 to be part of the solution to this problem, by taking action to reduce summer learning loss, expand access to healthy meals and play, and advocate for high quality summer experiences to help all children and youth succeed in college, career and life! Want to learn how you can stand up for youth this summer? Take the Gen2Gen Summer Challenge! Because every child deserves a web of support, and every older adult has something to give.
Cool Ideas
The Nebraska State Education Association Retired International Mentoring Project
This week's cool idea is The  Nebraska State Education Association Retired Intergenerational Mentoring Project , which brings together NSEA-Retired members and student NSEA members in their junior year in teacher education. 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
Dear Evan Hansen
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.  Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary,  DEAR EVAN HANSEN  is a new American musical about life and the way we live it. It also shows the role elders can play in the lives of young people like Evan and Connor. 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.
Vaccine Memes
This meme of former President Barack Obama is part of Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign we launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. See more memes .

Generations United is now working with the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology in Japan and the University of Granada in Spain to lead the work in their countries. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Disney Summer of Service Organization Grants.  Disney and Youth Service America are awarding $2,000 Summer of Service Grants to 26 organizations to incorporate youth-led service projects into summer activities. The best application will receive a $5,000 grant. Deadline: June 4, 2017. Learn more

Lifespan Respite Funding Opportunity.  The Administration for Community Living will fund up to two cooperative agreements with a federal funding level of up to $200,000 per award for a 36 month project period. The grant will fund planning, establishing and expanding/enhancing Lifespan Respite Care systems in the states. Deadline: June 14, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Empower Hour Series.  Join Bridges Together for a webinar on how to work with generations in the workplace. Tues., June 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm EST. Learn more

Bridges Program Curricula Suite Informational Webinar. Bridges Together is offering their award-winning Bridges Program Curricula Suite to MA-based communities, thanks to funding from the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Bridges Together is offering two webinars about their funding opportunity and info on how to apply. Mon., June 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm EST and Thurs., June 8 at 11 am EST. Learn more

Research and Resources
I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together. The new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live. Learn more

2017 GrandFacts Sheets. This resource from Generations United and our national advocacy partners is an important starting place for grandparents raising grandchildren. The GrandFacts Sheets provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. Learn more
2017 Global Intergenerational Conference - Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for  Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

National Foster Parent Association 2017 Education Conference. NFPA. June 21-24, 2017. Houston, TX. Learn more

The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. IAGG and The Gerontological Society of America. San Francisco, CA. July 23-27, 2017. Learn more

Take Off with Respite! 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference. ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Huntsville, AL. Oct. 11-13, 2017. Learn more

2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).   Louisville, KY. Nov. 3 -5, 2017.  Learn more

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
"I hope everyone, regardless of age or party, will remember what President Kennedy told America, decades ago: This nation was founded...on the principle that all men are created equal and the rights of every man are diminished once the rights of one man are threatened." ~Tatiana Kennedy Schlossberg remembering her grandfather, former President John F. Kennedy.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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