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 Volume 12, Issue 30
July 26, 2017
Registration Now Open for Generations United's 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event
Join us on  Wed., Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room G-11) when we release Generations United's 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report and present the Grandfamilies Champion Award. This year's report will focus on the critical role of grandparents and other relatives in providing safe, nurturing and stable homes for children who have experienced trauma.  Register today!
Generations United in the News
  • In a blog post, the QuantumAge Collaborative did a nice write-up of our report with the Eisner Foundation. Learn more
Grandparents Day Stories 
Generations United is collecting stories to possibly feature on our Together Blog. Share your story about a memorable moment with a grandparent or grandfriend. See our submission guidelines
Health Care Update
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a Motion to Proceed on health care legislation, then failed to pass an updated version of the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" that would have gutted Medicaid and left millions without health insurance. But other efforts continue to repeal critical health care for children, youth, older adults and their caregivers. Call your Senators today 202-224-3121 tell them "protect our health care. Reject every attempt to take away coverage from millions of people." Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new member, KAFASI, for their support.  Together, 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.  
Generations United at UN Headquarters

On August 1, Donna Butts will address the Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event will raise awareness of the high value that young and older persons can bring to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more

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 
Programs of Distinction
No Program Too Big or Too Small
Apply to become a Program of Distinction like AARP Foundation! Read their profile. Generations United's Program of Distinction designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program.   The deadline to apply is August 1, 2017 Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.
Major News Outlet Seeks Grandfamilies Impacted by the Current Opioid Crisis
A national news outlet is planning a story on the current opioid crisis that focuses on grandparents raising grandchildren because the parents suffered from drug misuse. They are looking to talk to grandparents on camera about how their lives have changed and the challenges they face, and they would also seek to have the children appear on camera. If you're interested, or know a family that is, please email Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King.
Conference Request for Partners 
Bring the intergenerational field to your backyard
Generations United is looking for potential partner(s) to co-convene the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference in 2019. Letters of Interest should be submitted by Fri., September 15, 2017. Learn more
Cool Ideas
Intergenerational Photography Project
This week's cool idea is the Intergenerational Photography Project by Kingston Youth Services in the Cheltenham suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The photography project focuses on storytelling through photography. They requested expressions of interest from both young and old photographers. 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 .
Mel and Sue will bring back The Generation Game
Culture United
The Generations Game
The Generation Game, a British game show produced by the BBC, will be revived by The Great British Bake Off hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. In the original Generations Game, four teams of two people from the same family, but different generations, competed against one another to win prizes.  The new version of the seventies classic will have a four-episode run to begin with. The show will be updated with new games and challenges for families of all ages to play in studio and enjoy watching at home. 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.
Vaccine Memes
This meme of actress and film producer Jennifer Garner  is part of  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign that promotes vaccines for all ages. In the United States, the campaign started in partnerships between Generations United, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. See more memes .

Generations United is now working with the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology in Japan and the University of Granada in Spain to lead the work in their countries. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Evidence2Success Grant. The Annie E. Casey Foundation invites proposals from localities interested in becoming new Evidence2Success communities. The grant i nvolves communities in assessing social problems and improving the well-being of their children. The Foundation plans to select one to three new communities that will implement the Evidence2Success framework, beginning in spring 2018. Applications are due August 4, 2017, by 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
U.S. Census Data Show Grandparents Still Work to Support Children. "Nearly 1.5 million grandparents in the labor force are responsible for most of the basic care of coresident grandchildren under age 18," according to the U.S. Census data that was released ahead of National Grandparents Day (Sept. 10). 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 GrandFacts Sheets. This resource from Generations United and our national advocacy partners is an important starting place for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The GrandFacts Sheets provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. Learn more
2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 2017. Learn more

Take Off with Respite! 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference. ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Huntsville, AL. Oct. 11-13, 2017. Learn more
2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).   Louisville, KY. Nov. 3 -5, 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
"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."  ~former Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a member of The Elders, which recently celebrated it 10th anniversary

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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