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 Volume 12, Issue 42
October 18, 2017
Newlywed Remembers Kins' Sacrifices to Keep the Family Together
Ronda would've ended up in the child welfare system if it wasn't for her aunts and grandmother stepping up to help raise her and her little brother. She recently had a wedding. Through a partnership with Madeline Garner's Dresses by Morilee line, Generations United helped gift gowns for Ronda and her bridesmaids. The dressmaker wanted to give away dresses to a bride-to-be raised in a grandfamily. Read Ronda's story
Meet Our 2017 Programs of Distinction Designees
We congratulated them last week, now we're introducing them. Each week, we'll feature two designees. First up...are Bessie's Hope and Hebrew SeniorLife

Bessie's Hope provides education and training for youth and their leaders/teachers, so as  to ensure meaningful interactions with nursing home elders of all levels of cognitive functioning, including those  
with advanced Alzheimer's Disease. Read the full profile.

Hebrew SeniorLife knows that pairing seniors with students creates meaningful connections that change lives. In response, the organization has developed a robust multigenerational program to provide social and cognitive enrichments to seniors across the spectrum of care and students from pre-school through college age. Read the full profile.

Stay tuned to next week to learn more about Honolulu Walks and Kenosha RSVP Mentor Program!
Policy Updates
  • The U.S. Supreme Court refused this week to hear an appeal from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services seeking to overturn a ruling that the state must pay relatives "approved" to care for children in foster care, just as they do for "licensed" relatives and non-relatives who care for children in foster care. Learn more
  • Yesterday, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released a bipartisan report detailing their two-year investigation into foster care privatization. As a result of the investigation's findings, Hatch and Wyden also introduced legislation, the Child Welfare Oversight and Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 1964), to address issues raised by the report. Learn more
Vote for Your Favorite Intergenerational Photos!  
This year, we revived our annual intergenerational photo contest. Voting on this year's best intergenerational photos is now open!  Visit our photo contest and pick your favorite three Voting closes October 31.  
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our Board member, Susan Dreyfus (president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities), for her 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 !
Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Amanda's Story
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This meme from Amanda Malone's story for's "Vaccines and Beating the Odds" series is part of  our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign, which we launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer.

Generations United expanded its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the  University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow   #bandAGEofhonor and   learn more about our campaign
Call for Papers - GrandFamilies Journal 
The editors of  GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging practice methodologies, program evaluation and policy perspectives related to grandparent-headed families.  Learn more 
Culture United
Wonder Boys
Based on the novel  of the same  name  by Michael Chabon, Grady Tripp is a 50-something English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years --not since he wrote his award-winning "Great American Novel" seven years before. When Grady's editor pops into town to see the  the second novel is coming along, he becomes interested in a manuscript that one of Grady's students completed. 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.
Cool Ideas
Table Wisdom
Table Wisdom, based in St. Louis, MO, uses technology to pair people 50 and older with new immigrants of different generations, cultures, languages and geographies for conversations that  support immigrants in improving their lives and keep older people socially and civically engaged.  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
Grants Promote High School Completion in Ten States . The GradNation campaign, an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, will provide grants of $250,000 and $100,000, respectively, over the two-year grant period to two state organizations and three community organizations focused on accelerating progress for more young people to attain high school graduation and post-secondary success. Organizations in the following ten states -- California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington -- are eligible to apply. Deadline: Nov. 8, 2017. Learn more 

Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Nov. 3, 2017.    Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
How To: Creating a Kin-First Culture in Child Welfare. This WikiHow (created by Generations United in partnership with ABA Center on Children and the Law; Annie E. Casey Foundation' and Child Focus, Inc.) highlights seven fundamental steps to creating a kin-first culture, followed by examples of promising policies and practices in use across the country. Learn more

I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together.  The new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live.  Learn more
2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).   Louisville, KY. Nov. 3 -5, 2017.   Learn more

ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference. ZERO TO THREE. San Diego, CA. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 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
"The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life." ~Oscar Wilde, whose birthday was Monday. (See the meme.)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
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