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 Volume 13, Issue 2
January 10, 2018
Generations United in the News
  • In her piece for  GRAND Magazine , Jaia Peterson Lent highlights resources for children in grandfamilies who've experienced trauma. Learn more
Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice
The new report describes the findings from a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming in senior housing that was conducted by  Generations United and  LeadingAge, with support from the  Retirement Research Foundation. The report also highlights challenges and effective strategies for overcoming  barriers,  and identifies technical assistance needs. Finally, it includes four "Spotlights" which focus on different ways providers can integrate multigenerational activities into senior housing.  Learn more .
Who is Your Favorite Movie Mentor?
On Jan. 25,'s Gen2Gen campaign will launch a contest to crowdsource the top 10 intergenerational mentoring movies of all time, then encourage people over 50 to become mentors in real life. Movies & Mentors will offer people a chance to nominate and vote for their favorite movies with mentors 50+, win hundreds of dollars in movie tickets, and host watch parties that offer fun for all ages, plus an introduction to local mentoring programs seeking volunteers. Sign up. Look for details, videos and a digital toolkit at later this month.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member,  Ebenezer Ridges ,  for their contribution. We also thank  Donna Butts (who gave "in honor of Bill Libro"), Ned Carey (who gave "in honor of Donna Butts, Bill Libro and Marlene Goldman"), Helene B. Fields, Eric Kingson (who gave "in honor of Generations United"),  Lisa Reichenberger (who gave "in honor of Debra Rusnak"), and Susanne Seperson for their donations.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization,  join us !
Photo Contest
Meet Our Second Place Winner!
The photographer, Steven Uejio, appreciates his grandma finding exciting ways to interact with his daughters. She takes them to the library, she sings with them, and they decorate the house for holidays. In this photo, his daughter plants some flowers with her great grandma. Steven enjoys watching his mother's relationship with his daughters blossom over the years. See the other winners.   

Interns Wanted!

Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for internships beginning in late spring/early summer in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. Stipends available. Learn more

Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Leaflet
Click here to see both sides of the leaflet enlarged.

Our partners in Japan, led by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG), created this leaflet  as  part of  our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations . The leaflet features the work of anime artist Akane Shimizu from the Cells at Work! series. Learn more about our vaccine partners in Japan.

We launched the campaign in the United States through partnerships with the   Gerontological Society of America   and the   American Academy of Pediatrics   with support from Pfizer .

In addition to teams led by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG)  in Japan, Generations United is also working with the University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain . Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign
Cool Ideas
Senior Mentors Help Change Communities
In honor of National Mentoring Month, this week's cool idea is the Senior Services of Wichita. With two different programs, seniors are mentoring teenage parents improving the lives of the adults, the teenagers, and their infants. Teen parents, babies and mentors experience better mental, physical and socio-emotional health. Babies of mentored moms get sick and go to the hospital less often. Learn more about the Senior Services of Wichita. Here's additional info on how mentoring teens help both the teens and their mentors.

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.
Culture United
Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds
If four year-olds and 84-year-olds work and play together, will it improve the health and happiness of the older group? That's the question this show explores when 10 pre-schoolers welcome 11 older adults into their classroom. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The Purpose Challenge Essay Contest.  The Purpose Challenge toolkit helps high school seniors explore and identify their purpose - infusing what they learn about themselves into their 2017-2018 college applications. They can enter that essay in a contest; six students will win prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Learn more.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program.  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its partners will award $2 million in grants nationwide. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations.  Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018.  Learn more.

Healthy Schools Grant.  America's Promise Healthy School Fund will award three to five two-year grants of up to $300,000 to organizations working toward creating healthier school environments for all children.  Deadline: Jan. 22, 2018.   Learn more .

2018 AmeriCorps Funding.  The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has funding available for programs that engage participants 55 or older in service that makes a significant impact in their communities. Deadline: Jan. 17, 2018. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
The Foster Care Housing Crisis. According to a key finding Chronicle of Social Change's report, some states' growing reliance on kinship care has offset the demand for non-relative homes. But an overall increase in the reliance on relatives is smaller than one might think. Learn more

Fighting Poverty through Intergenerational Child Care: Connecting three generations for the benefit of all. The Gma Village connects parents with low income who need part-time or odd hour child care support with a group of loving grandmas to care for their children. Their  brief  highlights the benefits of bringing generations together. Learn more.

GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research Practice and Policy. This issue includes a policy brief from Ana Beltran , special advisor to Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies. Ana's brief highlights Generations United's GrAND Voices members. Read the new issue .

I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together.  The latest 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 .
29th Annual National Service-Learning Conference: Justice in Action.  National Youth Leadership Council. St. Paul, MN. March 11-13, 2018. Learn more

2018 Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging.  San Francisco, CA. March 26-29, 2018. Learn more.

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more.
"I want to be revered. I want to be an elder I want to be an elderess. I have some things to talk about and say and help And, if I can't, then -- not unlike Olive -- I don't feel necessary." ~ Frances McDormand, 2018 Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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