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 Volume 10, Issue 42
October 21, 2015
Save the Date: Attend the 2015 State of Grandfamilies Report Release
Join Generations United on Dec. 3 as we release our 2015 State of Grandfamilies ReportThis year's report will highlight the top states providing supportive public policies for grandfamilies as well as the latest numbers related to kinship families.  We will honor the 2015 Grandfamilies Champion for lifelong achievement on behalf of the families. We will also honor nationally-syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary, who is receiving our Media Award.  RSVP by Nov. 30 Registration is for people planning on attending the event in person. Register today!  
The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships Now Accepting Submissions
The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships - which reaches an international audience of intergenerational scholars, practitioners, and policy makers - is now accepting submissions for their "From the Field" section. This is a great opportunity to introduce your
programs, activities and projects, which have promoted intergenerational interaction. See full submission guidelines.
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Nominations Now Open for the 2015 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence!
The Eisner Foundation is accepting nominations for an individual or a nonprofit organization that is uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their community. This year also marks the 5th anniversary of the Eisner Prize. The Foundation will select two winners and award each $100,000!  Nominations  must be received on or before Oct. 31, 2015. Learn more
2016 NCCA Conference's  Call for Presentations! - Deadline: Nov. 2, 2015
The 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference planning team invites you to submit one or more presentation proposals for THE CREATIVE AGE: Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our Board Chair, Matthew Melmed, for his contribution.  You can also 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.
Best Intergenerational Communities Awards! - Deadline: Jan. 15 
There's no place like home - especially if you live in a community that offers opportunities for every generation. Sound like your community? Then apply today for the 2016 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Generations United.  No community's too big or too small.  Learn more, then download the application.
Generations United's 2017 International Conference: Request for Partners
Want to bring the Generations United Conference to your own backyard? We are looking for potential partners to co-convene the 19th Biennial International Intergenerational Conference in 2017. Work with our team to create an interactive, informative, and cultural learning experience for the growing intergenerational network. Letters of Interest should be submitted by Oct. 30, 2015. Learn more
Thanks to Karen D. Austin for this suggestion.

Culture United
Mr. Holmes
"Ian McKellen stars as Sherlock Holmes, 30 years post-retirement and having difficulty employing his well-known logic to resolve mysteries past and present. His live-in housekeeper has a son about 10 years old. The older man and young boy form a friendship that is rocky at times but for the more part mutually beneficial."

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
The Intergenerational Rock Band of Drury University
This week's cool ideas is Drury University's  Intergenerational Rock Band  of Drury University in Missouri, which brings together Drury music therapy students along with older adults to perform a wide range of songs.  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 the Intergenerational Rock Band of Drury University .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Photo Essay Contest. Generation No Kid Hungry is mobilizing 7th-12th grade students to engage in a "real-world" photography and writing assignment to address the problem of childhood hunger in the United States. One winner will be chosen in each of three grade ranges (7-8, 9-10, 11-12). Each grand-prize winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card and a $200 donation to his or her school. Deadline:  Oct. 25, 2015. Learn more

Isolation Impact Area Grants.  AARP Foundation is seeking innovative and evidence- or outcomes-based solutions at the community or societal level that catalyze meaningful connections and interventions to reduce negative health outcomes among all ages. Required Letter of Inquiry Deadline: Oct. 26, 2015. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
Peer Kinship Network Webinar Recording. Representatives from Generations United and Casey Family Programs shared info about the Grandfamilies Advocacy Network Demonstration (GrAND), a new initiative designed to ensure that kinship caregivers are involved in shaping state programs, policies and strategies related to vulnerable children and families. Learn more

Families in Child Welfare Affected by Substance Use. Child Welfare League of America released a  new two-volume journal on substance abuse disorders among families.  Learn more

Advocates for Families First Messaging Toolkit. Advocate for Families First - a partnership between Generations United, North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) and National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) - created this resource to assist our colleagues in their advocacy efforts. Learn more

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
This report by Generations United and CFED , supported by Citi , highlights opportunities to support grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Building Wellbeing: Unveiling a New Narrative on Human Services. 
N ational Human Services Assembly. Looks at understanding the urgent need for a new narrative about the contributions human services make to a thriving society. Tues., Nov. 10, 1:30 - 2:45 pm  EST. Learn more
2015 GIA Annual Conference. Grantmakers in Aging. Washington, DC.  October 28-30, 2015.  Learn more  
LeadingAge HackFest. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015. Learn more 
LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Nov. 1-4, 2015. Learn more

International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more
"When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own." ~Author Unknown

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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