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 Volume 10, Issue 39
September 30, 2015
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 our growing intergenerational network. Letters of Interest should be submitted by Oct. 30, 2015. Learn more
Intergenerational Solutions for Building Stronger Communities - Conversations with GIA
Join Generations United and Grantmakers in Aging for a webinar on Weds., Oct. 14, 2-3pm EDT, to take a deeper look at the value of intergenerational communities - vibrant places that value, support, and engage all ages for the enduring benefit of all. Moderated by John Feather (CEO, Grantmakers in Aging) and presented by Donna Butts (Executive Director, Generations United), this webinar will demonstrate how intentional, intergenerational solutions - including programs, policies, and practices - can improve outcomes for children, youth, and older adults and transform communities. Learn more
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy
The new edition of the only journal dedicated to grandfamilies  is out, and includes a policy update, "Federal Advances to Support GrandFamilies," from our Special Advisor Ana Beltran! The GrandFamilies journal enhances the well-being of grandparent-headed families through high quality research and practice, which informs sound policy. Read the new issue.
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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Fact Sheet Infographic
The Social Security Administration released this infographic along with fact sheets   and a national issue paper on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The SSDI program  is intergenerational, providing benefits to millions of workers and their families in every community across America. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Thank you to our Board Vice Chair, Walter Jones, 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.
Call for Presentations! - 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference
The National Center for Creative Aging's 2016 Leadership Exchange and Conference planning team is pleased to invite you to submit one or more presentation proposals, Oct. 1 - Nov. 2, for THE CREATIVE AGE: Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging, the 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference.  Learn more and submit today!
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New Kinship Treatment Foster Care Initiative Toolkit
This toolkit, produced by the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA) and funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is based on summits across the country that explored the unique barriers and opportunities to implementing kinship treatment foster care in their jurisdictions and identified next steps to targeting children and families who might benefit from the approach. Learn more
Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support
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Public Meetings to Discuss Child Abuse and Neglect
The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold a series of open meetings by teleconference  to discuss testimony received, review work of its subcommittees, and develop recommendations for its final report. Learn more
Culture United
Golden Kids' Rules
When renowned musician and songwriter Chip Taylor ("Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning") became a grandfather, he directed his creative energy to writing new songs with and for his grandkids. Golden Kids Rules melds the husky, time-worn vocals and the musical instincts of a seasoned performer with the charming artistry of his three young grandchildren. The album overflows with love of family and the musical bonds that hold them together. Taylor's brother, actor Jon Voight, offers an insightful introduction to the artist and the album. 13 tracks, 38 minutes, 36-page booklet with lyrics. 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
Silver Kite
This week's cool idea is Silver Kite, an intergenerational theatre company and arts program that's connecting Washington state's teens and older adults. 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 Silver Kite .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Aging in Place Programs Funded. The Griswold Cares Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the country that enhance the quality of life for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities who choose to age in place. Deadline: Oct. 12, 2015. Learn more

Support for Nonprofit/Foundation Collaborations. Listening for Good, an initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight, will offer grants of $60,000 to help nonprofit organizations improve their practice of collecting and using feedback from the people they seek to help. Deadline: Oct. 23, 2015. Learn more

School Garden Grant Program. The Whole Kids Foundation's School Garden Grant Program are offering grants of $2,000 to schools as well as nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools for providing new or sustaining existing edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2015. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
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

Don't Quit on Me: What Young People who Left School Say about the Power of Relationships. Building on previous studies, this report by 
America's Promise Alliance offers new insights about how support from adults and peers can help to close the remaining gaps between those who graduate from high school on time and those who don't.  Learn more
Race/Ethnic Differentials in the Health Consequences of Caring for Grandchildren for Grandparents. Feinian Chen, Christine A. Mair, Luoman Bao, and Yang Claire Yang examine the influence of childcare provision on older adults' health trajectories in the United States with a particular focus on racial/ethnic differentials. 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
"We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love." ~Pope Francis

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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