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 Volume 11, Issue 5
February 3, 2016
Generation United to Receive The 2015 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence                 
We announced it yesterday, but we're so proud that we're sharing it again! We're honored to be the recipient of The 2015 Eisner Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Intergenerational Advocacy! The Prize comes as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. What an outstanding endorsement of our work to bridge the generations! Thank you for your support, which helped make this possible. After all, we are stronger together!  Read the press release

The Prizes will be awarded at the National Conference in San Francisco on February 10, 2016. Follow #EisnerPrize15 and #Encore16 for updates!
Generations United Shout Out!
Congrats to our friend, Nora Super, former executive director of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging! She now joins the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) as their new Chief of Programs and Services.  Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  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.
Culture United
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
In honor of Black History Month, we share Mom & Me & Mom, the seventh and final book in author Maya Angelou's series of autobiographies. It tells the vivid story of Angelou's experiences growing up with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas, after her mother abandoned her and her sister as young children. Angelou's reunion with the woman she called "Lady" took place when the author was a teenager, and began a decades-long period of reconciliation. This memoir delves into the healing that takes place through the presence of love. 

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
All Together Now
Also for Black History Month, this week's cool idea is  All Together Now  through Story Center, which invites older adults and youth across the US to honor the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and narrow the generation gap through story.

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 All Together Now .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Innovations in American Government Awards. Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is offering the $100,000 Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation. Deadline: April 15, 2016. Learn more

Veteran Housing Grant.   The Home Depot Foundation's Veteran Housing Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the development and repair of veterans housing. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000.  Deadline: Feb. 24, 2016.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Guiding Principles for the Sustainability for the Age-Friendly Community Efforts. This resource, a publication of Grantmakers in Aging that also includes examples from our  Best Intergenerational Communitiesis the result of  key informant interviews, focus groups, and a two-day leadership summit held in September 2015 in Washington, DC. The distilled incormation explores a variety of issues related to the age-friendly movement concept and to its sustainability. Learn more

Prevention & Healthy Ageing: The Role of Adult Vaccination as Part of Healthy Ageing. Vaccinations are a concern for all ages. This guide from Pfizer encourages young and old to be proactive and turn their health challenges into opportunities. Learn more

Engaging Youth Who are Not Traditionally Asked to Serve. This resource, from Youth Service America, will give you constructive ideas and tips on how to engage a group of young people who are too often overlooked when planning service projects. Learn more

State of Grandfamilies in America: 2015. In this  second edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report , Generations United identified key state laws and policies specifically designed to address barriers and better support the diverse and unique population of grandparents and other relatives raising children. 

A Guide to Creating Teen-Adult Conversations in Your Community.  After publishing  What We Can't Tell You: Teenagers Talk to the Adults in Their Lives , What Kids Can Do co-hosted public forums in five cities that promoted honest conversations between teenagers and adults. WKCD created a free 40-page guide filled with sample panel discussions, interactive exercises, handouts, tips, resources, and readings. Learn more

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
Citi Community Development commissioned this report by Generations United and CFED , which  highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Celebrating the Encore Effect.  San Francisco, CA. Feb. 9-11, 2016.   Learn more

Aging in America.  American Society on Aging.  Washington, DC. Mar. 21-24, 2016.  Learn more

Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2016.  Learn more 

Coming Together: Building the Path, Shining the Light.  Lutheran Services in America.  Minneapolis, MN. Apr. 25-28, 2016.  Learn more

The 8th Eden Alternative International Conference. The Eden Alternative. Little Rock, AK. May 3-5, 2016. (Early bird registration extended until Feb. 5). Learn more
In the News                
Baltimore's new City Youth Snow Program pays teens to shovel sidewalks of older residents and those with disabilities. Learn more
"The struggle between generations is not the way to a better society. Only solidarity and mutual assistance can bring wellbeing for all of us." ~Tin Kampl, president of Youth Council of Slovenia

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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