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 Volume 11, Issue 3
January 20, 2016
"We the People" Includes All Generations
Donna Butts and  Jaia Peterson Lent 
discussed three areas in President Obama's State of the Union Address that are opportunities for intergenerational solutions: employment and economic security, education and civic engagement. Read the article .
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New Film Shows Real-World Collaborative Solutions for All Ages
Building Community, Building Hope, a film created by the Children's Bureau, h ighlights three innovative programs working to prevent and respond to child maltreatment by engaging parents and communities and forming the partnerships needed to ensure the safety and well-being of all children and families. Watch the video.
Grandfamily Stories
More Than a House: A Community for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
This story  highlights the Grandparent Family Apartments, a joint venture of  PSS and the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing  (a Generations United Program of Distinction). These apartments, located in New York City, house grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, giving all of them - young and old - a supportive community where they can nurture a positive family future. Read this story
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. 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.
Culture United
Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
When his daughter, Amy - a gifted doctor, mother and wife - collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition - Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, moved in with their son-in-law, Harris, to help him raise their three young grandchildren. 'Making Toast' is Roger's tribute to his late daughter and a testament to familial love.

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
Germantown Friends School Mentoring Program
In honor of National Mentoring Month, this week's cool ideas is  Germantown Friends School Mentoring Program , a middle school mentoring program based in Philadelphia run by Center in the Park (CIP), an aging support nonprofit. 

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 Germantown Friends School Mentoring Program .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Responsive Grant. The Retirement Research Foundation is accepting request for proposals for efforts that increase the competency of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults.  Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016.  Learn more 

National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications from a  fter-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs.The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House.  Deadline: Feb. 2, 2016.  Learn more

Veteran Housing Grant.  The Home Depot Foundation's Veteran Housing Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the development and repair of veterans housing. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000.  Deadline: Feb. 24, 2016.  Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
Achieving Kindergarten Readiness for All Our Children: A Funder's Guide to Early Childhood Development from Birth to Five.  
This  new guide  from the Pritzker Children's Initiative and The Bridgespan Group outlines numerous specific, tested, early childhood investment opportunities that both public and private sector investors can make immediately to help more children be ready for kindergarten and lifelong success. 

Continue Honoring Dr. King with these Intergenerational Activities & Ideas.  Bridges Together has created a new programming page, filled with intergenerational activities and ideas for teaching (and learning!) about Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

2015 White House Conference on Aging Report.  President Obama hosted the sixth White House Conference on Aging on July 13, creating a national conversation to inform the changing aging landscape in America. This report summarizes the accomplishments of the past year as well as the collective insight as we look to the future. 

State of Grandfamilies in America: 2015.  In this  second edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report , Generations United identified key state laws and policies specifically designed to address barriers and better support the diverse and unique population of grandparents and other relatives raising children. Learn more

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
Citi Community Development commissioned this report by Generations United and CFED , which  highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Disparate Income, Wealth and Opportunity:  Implications for Social Insurance. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. Jan. 27-28, 2016. Learn more

Celebrating the Encore Effect.  San Francisco, CA. Feb. 9-11, 2016.  Learn more

Aging in America.  American Society on Aging.  Washington, DC. Mar. 21-24, 2016.  Learn more

Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2016.  Learn more 

Coming Together: Building the Path, Shining the Light.  Lutheran Services in America.  Minneapolis, MN. Apr. 25-28, 2016.  Learn more
"Alone a youth runs fast, with an elder slow, but together they go far." ~Luo Proverb

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Alan King 

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Generations United 


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