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 Volume 10, Issue 31
August 5, 2015
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A Way Back Home: Preserving Families and Reducing the Need for Foster Care
Thank you to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) for yesterday's hearing on foster care alternatives. Our own Donna Butts was honored to testify and advocate for grandfamilies. Watch the recording.
Youth Report to the Generations United Conference
An exciting part of our international conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, was the Youth Summit, sponsored by United Nations Association - Hawaii . Read the report  presented by an amazing group of young people during the closing session.   
Generations United Shout Out!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Senior Care Management & Consultation Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Learn More About Our Google Doodle Campaign     

Join our campaign to get Grandparents Day 2015 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them, check out our Google Doodle Campaign page. There's even suggested language.

#TakeAGrandie for Generations United's Grandie Contest!
What's a grandie? An intergenerational selfie, course! We're looking for the best ones to highlight through our social media and Generations This Week. We will also announce the winner and special prize the week after Grandparents Day. Why not #TakeAGrandie during a family vacation with someone of a different generation and let us know by using the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Learn more
Culture United

Remembering: A Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Life

In  Remembering , Thea Aschkenase - who was featured in our Hunger and Nutrition in America 
report - chronicles her happy childhood days in Munich, her teenage years in Italy hiding from the Nazis, her internment at Auschwitz, her voyage to find a home in Israel and her coming to the US to raise her family. Remembering was published by Worcester State University, where Thea is a volunteer through the Intergenerational Urban Institute's Hunger Outreach Team (HOT). Thea has shared her story with hundreds of young people in the hope they remember and resolve "never again."

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. Disclaimer: Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.

What Are You Planning for Grandparents Day?
Let us know  what you're planning for Grandparents Day (Sept. 13!) so we can highlight creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the celebrations begin.  Check out our Take Action Guide for ideas on how you can Do Something Grand! Be sure to  visit our website for updates and resources. 
Cool Ideas
This week's cool idea is Computer Buddies Program, a pen pal program between youth and older adults in Wisconsin.
T weet your cool intergenerational ideas  to   #cooligideas . You can also p ost 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 Computer Buddies Program .
Want to be Considered for a Bookend Blog?
Three years ago, we started a series known as the Bookend Blog. (see:  Betty White's Off Their Rockers .) The series got its name from our contributing writers, youth and older adults, both of whom we refer to as the "bookends" that hold our civil society together. Bookend bloggers comment on current events and offer generational perspectives. Does this sound like you? Read the submission guidelines, then let us know  if you want to be considered for our Bookend Blog.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

We Stand Strong Training Host Grants. Youth Service America and Save the Children will partner with training hosts to organize a one-day training for teams of youth leaders in the Mid-Atlantic and the South to prepare them to organize local Prep Rally or Prep Project events in their communities on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Training hosts will receive a $2,000 grant to cover training event costs as well as to support direct costs for Prep Projects and Prep Rally events organized by training participants. Deadline: August 7, 2015. Learn more


Family Volunteer Day Grants. This year, generationOn will be offering grants to schools, HandsOn Network Affiliates and other nonprofit partners who help mobilize families in service on Family Volunteer Day. There will be two types of grant amounts awarded based on the scope of the project and size of the organization undertaking the project. Grants will be awarded in increments of $500 or $1,000. Deadline: August 14, 2015. Learn more

Generations United encourages you to submit intergenerational projects. If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources  

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof

and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
Celebrate the Power of Experience.  Senior Corps.  Reston, VA. Sept. 9-12, 2015. Learn more

Grandparents As Parents Conference. Grandparents As Parents. Covington, KY. Sept. 11, 2015. Learn more

Tribal Customary Adoption: Making Relatives, Supporting Families. National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Portland, OR. Sept. 22-23, 2015. 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 


International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more


"If all generations of people freely and abundantly give care to others and to our world, we will have an eternal source of love and hope that fulfills the needs of all ages...for all future." ~Mattie J. T. Stepanek, peacemaker & poet

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We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports and webinars. Local and state events can be shared in our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! My email is I'd love to hear from you!




Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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