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 Volume 11, Issue 19
May 11, 2016
Generations United in Kiplinger's Retirement Report
In her article, "Programs That Help Seniors and Children," Sally Abrahms mentioned Bridge Meadows, a Generations United Programs of Distinction, and Providence Mount St. Vincent, which is featured in an upcoming documentary by our friend and filmmaker Evan Briggs. Abrahms also quoted Donna Butts on the benefits of intergenerational programs. The programs, according to Donna, "allow young and old to be viewed as assets rather than as problems to be solved." Read the full article.
Advocates for Families First in The Chronicle of Social Change
Advocates for Families First (AFF) - made up of Generations United, 
North American Council on Adoptable Children and the National Foster Parent Association - issued a joint response to the column, "Residential Schools: A Promising Alternative to Foster and Group Homes". In their column, "Children Need More Than Residential Schools Can Give," AFF rejected the notion of childhood-long institutionalization. "Children should not have to choose between educational achievement and family," the group stated, "they deserve both." Learn more
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Hamilton The Musical   is part of our  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign ( #BandAGEofhonor ), 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, share them, then learn more about our campaign
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Thank you to our supporter, Turrell Fund, and to Maureen Statland for their contributions.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  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.
Dr. Maureen Power Retires from WSU
Congrats to our friend, Maureen Power, who retired from our long-time member, Worcester State University. During her 41 years there, she made things happen through her teaching and management of the Intergenerational Urban Institute. She also championed social justice through policy and action, which included her starting the Hunger Outreach Team (HOT) to help people at risk of hunger learn about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and access benefits. The university established a fund in Maureen's name that will support students involved in Community Service. We wish her the best. Learn more about HOT.
New Online Resource Shows Ways to Create Great Settings for Intergenerational Engagement
In the new issue of Penn State's Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter, our friend, Matt Kaplan, unveiled  an online publication with various  examples of how well-conceived and designed intergenerational contact zones, or ICZ space, can help breathe new life into communities. 
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 June 30, 2016 . Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
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Let's Color Together
Margaret Peot has experienced the stress and awkwardness of figuring out what to talk about with someone from another generation. So she created Let's Color Together: A Shareable Coloring Book for Parents and Kids because, as she puts it, "it's easier to work on a project together" instead. The book features beautiful spreads specifically designed for two people to color and enjoy. It's intended to be the perfect opportunity for young and old to sit down together, connect and share some fun. 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
Cinco de Mayo at the Covenant Village of Northbook
Last week was Cinco de Mayo. This week's cool idea is a throwback to a celebration two years ago at an assisted living facility in Northbrook, Ill., where young and old came together to remember  the Mexican Army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla.   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

2016 Lifespan Respite Care Program: Grants to New States. The Administration for Community Living will provide up to three grants of $200,000 each for planning, establishing and expanding/enhancing Lifespan respite Care systems in the states. Letter of Intent deadline: May 17, 2016. Deadline: June 23, 2016. Learn more

Funds Available for Anti-Gang Efforts
The Comprehensive  Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs initiative of the Department of Justice supports community partnership implementing anti-gang programs, including primary and secondary prevention, gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement.  Deadline: May 23, 2016. 

The Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects in Aging 
  Based in Chicago, the Retirement Research Foundation is one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. Proposals for direct service and advocacy projects that have a local focus are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. 
Deadline: August 1, 2016.  

Capital Grants for Education and Healthcare in Seventeen States
The Gladys Brooks Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations located in the seventeen states.The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on libraries, educational institutions, and hospitals and clinics in the targeted states. Grant applications will be considered only for major expenditures, generally between $50,000 and $100,000. Funds are intended to be used for capital projects, including equipment and endowments. Deadline: May 31, 2016 Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit. This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.   This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations. 
Ageism in America: Reframing Its Issues and Impacts. American Society on Aging. Washington, DC. June 14, 2016. Learn more

Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact. The Institute for Educational Leadership. Pittsburgh, PA. June 20 - 22, 2016. Learn more

Better Together: Collaborating for Kids! National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children. Las Vegas, NV. June 22 - 25, 2016. Learn more

In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 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

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


Global Intergenerational Conference. Generations United. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
"You aren't just the age you are. You are all the ages you ever have been." ~Kenneth Koch (1925-2002), American poet, playwright and professor

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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