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 Volume 12, Issue 16
April 19, 2017
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GrandRally Performer Announced and Volunteer  Opportunities
The GrandRally 2017 - Building a Community of Hope is three weeks away! We're thrilled to announce that SaulPaul, an internationally-acclaimed musician, will perform at the event!  SaulPaul travels the world entertaining and educating audiences as "Musician with a Message." Learn more about SaulPaul Register today!  

Want to volunteer or honor someone with an ad in our program book? Maybe you want to spread the word or help kinship families join the GrandRally? These are various ways you can get involved .
Register today!  Join    Generations United  and    The Eisner Foundation  on  May 16th, 9 am - 10:30 am, at the National Press Club's Holeman Lounge ! We will discuss the critical importance of solidarity across generations for building stronger, more cohesive communities. The program will feature:
  • Highlight from a new report and key findings from an original public opinion survey on the state of intergenerational unity in the U.S.
  • The Eisner Foundation's presentation of the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.
Journalist and political analyst Juan Williams will emcee the event. Register today!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, The Salvation Army, and Marsha Adler, former Generations United Senior Fellow, for their contributions. 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!
New Report Provides Key Insights on Accelerating Progress for America's Youth
Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America, a new report from America's Promise Alliance, explores how the American Dream is both real and at risk for young people. The report dives into the lessons learned over the last two decades, providing concrete examples of what works and offering specific guidance on key areas to focus efforts and energy. Our Work is an invitation to spur us to take on the deep and persistent challenges facing children and youth. Learn more

Reserve Ad Space in Conference Program Book

Have a message to share with attendees of upcoming Global Intergenerational Conference? Reserve a space in our program book! Some ways attendees make the most of ad space include:

  • Promoting new resources, publications, services, or events
  • Paying tribute to influential leaders in the field
  • Celebrating recent milestones, partnerships, and more!

Deadline to submit: May 5th. Learn more and reserve your ad using our sponsorship form. Register for the conference.

Cool Ideas
Intergenerational Living and Health Care
This week's cool idea is Intergenerational Living and Health Care, which runs intergenerational activities through their five campuses across the country including The Valley View Estates in Hamilton, Montana. The intergenerational programs there helped the community win several awards for its innovative care from the Montana Health Care Association. 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
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
In vivid, intimate prose, Matthew Desmond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As readers see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, they bear witness to the human cost of America's vast inequality-and to people's determination and intelligence in the face of hardship. 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 Dr. Benard P. Dreyer, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 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
Interfaith Leadership Lab Grants.  Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is offering grants of $3,000-$6,000 for campuses to gather students and educators from multiple campuses for training and networking on creating or enhancing dialogue across diverse communities to heal cultural divides. Deadline: April 26, 2017. Learn more

The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge.  Encore.Org will award $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support to help  innovators of any age come up with new ways to bring the talents of older adults to benefit youth.   Deadline: May 7, 2017. Learn more

Funding Opportunity for Early Career Researchers to Increase Health & Equity. New Connections, a national project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a career development program for early career researchers. The program offers funding to investigators from "historically disadvantaged backgrounds" - challenges individuals may have faced because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical, learning or other disability, or because they are first-generation college graduates. Deadline: May 16, 2017. Learn more

Campus Interfaith Innovation Grants. Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is offering grants of $4,000-$5,000 to institutions of higher education that are turning religious diversity into a unifying force. Through the generous suppor ot Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Fetzer Institute, IFYC is offering multiple granting opportunities.  Deadline: May 15, 2017.  Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
GrandRally: Educating Your Legislators. This webinar will help prepare you to educate your members of Congress on behalf of grandfamilies through in-person visits, phone calls, social media or other forms of communication.  Wed., April 26 at 1:00 PM ET.  Learn more

Research and Resources
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy Vol. 4.  This special issue, guest edited by Drs. Bert Hayslip Jr. and 
Carol Musil, features articles on grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, intergenerational caregiving by Lakota elders and caregiving among Jamaican grandparents in community settings.   Learn more

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community ToolkitThe video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video
5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 25-26, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

17th National Conference on Children & the Law: SOAR - Strengthening Our Advocacy for Results. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 27-28, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope. Generations United. May 10, 2017. Washington, DC. Learn more

United We Thrive: The Power of Intergenerational Unity. Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. May 16, 2017. Washington, DC. 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
"When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window." ~Ogden Nash, American poet. Happy National Poetry Month!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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