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 Volume 10, Issue 32
August 12, 2015
Youth Summit Outcome                 
Last week, we shared a report, an outcome of the Youth Summit, sponsored by United Nations Association - Hawaii, and presented by an amazing group of young people during our conference closing plenary session. The summit included 70 youth and adult representatives from Red Cross, Boys and Girls Scouts,  private and public school Student Councils, Hawaii Model UN, Pacitic Youth Ministries, Leo Club, Peace Child International and the YMCA. An additional outcome from the intergenerational dialogue is  a letter to Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai'i) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) written on behalf of the Youth Summit participants, calling on the elected officials to support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to change the framework of Iran's nuclear program. Learn more about the outcome of this intergenerational collaboration
Happy International Youth Day!                 
This year's theme is "Youth Civic Engagement." The Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development ran an online campaign for young people to share their stories, ideas and events on civic engagement activities - learn more Get inspired by our youth leaders and their successful intergenerational projects, then see how you can start your own. Read Donna's Huffington Post blog and learn how participation of all ages is as easy as ABC. 

Do Something Grand and Help Us Raise Awareness of Grandparents Day 
Grandparents Day is a month away! Let's honor our  older Americans, whether grandparents or not, by spreading the word about the important roles they play in the lives of children and youth. Check out our social media toolkit for scheduled days to share sample tweets, Facebook posts and newsletter items through your networks. #TakeAGrandie for our "Grandie" contest - learn more. Help  us get Grandparents Day 2015 as a Google Doodle! - learn more. Let us know what you're planning for Grandparents Day so we can highlight your creative ideas through your blog, social media and Generations This Week  e-newsletter before the celebrations begin. 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters.  Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
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Voices for National Service Capitol Hill Day
Voices for National Service is holding a hill day to encourage advocates to raise their voices in support of service. Join them on Tues., Sept. 15 (9am - noon), or Thurs., Sept. 17 (9am - 1pm). Learn more and register before Fri., Aug. 14!
Culture United
Spare Parts
This true life story is about four Hispanic high school students who, through the help of their 50-something teacher, Fredi (George Lopez), team up to start a robotics club. With no experience, $800, used car parts and a dream, this seemingly shabby crew takes on the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they not only learn how to build a robot, but also built a bond that will last a lifetime.

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. Disclaimer:  Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.
Cool Ideas
Grand Camps and Grandparents and Grandchildren's Camp
This week's cool ideas are  Grand Camps and Grandparents and Grandchildren's Camp . Both camps engage all ages in amazing outdoor adventures.  T weet your cool intergenerational ideas  to   #cooligideas . You can also p ost 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 Grand Camps and Grandparents and Grandchildren's Camp .
Want to be Considered for a Bookend Blog?
Three years ago, we started a series known as the Bookend Blog. (see:  Betty White's Off Their Rockers .) The series got its name from our contributing writers, youth and older adults, both of whom we refer to as the "bookends" that hold our civil society together. Bookend bloggers comment on current events and offer generational perspectives. Does this sound like you? Read the submission guidelines, then let us know  if you want to be considered for our Bookend Blog.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Tom's of Maine's 50 States for Good. This grant supports grassroots organizations throughout the country working to do good in their communities. In 2015, the program will provide grants of $20,000 each to a grassroots nonprofit organization in every state and DC. Deadline: August 26, 2015. Learn more
Family Volunteer Day Grants. This year, generationOn will be offering grants to schools, HandsOn Network Affiliates and other nonprofit partners who help mobilize families in service on Family Volunteer Day. There will be two types of grant amounts awarded based on the scope of the project and size of the organization undertaking the project. Grants will be awarded in increments of $500 or $1,000. Deadline: August 14, 2015. Learn more

Generations United encourages you to submit intergenerational projects. If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof

and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
Celebrate the Power of Experience.  Senior Corps.  Reston, VA. Sept. 9-12, 2015. Learn more

Grandparents As Parents Conference. Grandparents As Parents. Covington, KY. Sept. 11, 2015. Learn more

Tribal Customary Adoption: Making Relatives, Supporting Families. National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Portland, OR. Sept. 22-23, 2015. 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
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." ~George Washington Carver

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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