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 Volume 12, Issue 8
February 22, 2017
Generations United in the News 
  • In her Huffington Post blog, Donna Butts highlighted our growing age and race diversity as our country's greatest asset. Learn more
  • As part of his "Better Than Most" segment, Denver Frederick, the host of The Business of Giving radio show, visited Generations United earlier this month. He spoke with staff about why we're excited to go to work every morning. Learn more 
2017 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Friday is the Last Day to Apply!
Does your community go above and beyond when it comes to recognizing, engaging, and supporting all ages? Apply today!  Applications on due on Feb. 24.  Learn more
GrandRally T-Shirt Competition - Deadline: March 1st
The 5th National GrandRally is holding a design competition for artwork on the official 2017 National GrandRally T-shirt. Are you being raised by your grandmother, grandfather or another relative? Were in you foster care? Are you adopted? Submit your original design for this competition today! 
  • First prize winner will receive $100 AND  the design will be used on the official T-Shirt
  • Second prize winner will receive $50
  • Third prize winner will receive $25
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Generations United's Photography Contest - Deadline: March 15, 2017!
Generations United is excited to promote our intergenerational photography contest.This year's theme is "Generations Unleashed: Equal Value Unleashed." The photographs should illustrate the contest's theme with creativity and insight. The Photography Contest is open to photographers of all ages. See full submission guidelines.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their 
contributions.  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.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.  If you're an organization, join us!
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Meme Shows the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Benard P. Dreyer, MD - FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics -  is part of our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations 
campaign, which we expanded to Japan through a partnership with the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology. Beginning in the United States, through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer, the campaign expanded to two other countries in late 2016. Generations United is working with the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology in Japan and the 
University of Granada in Spain to lead the work in their countries. Check out our memes  and  share  them.  Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign

Earn CEUs at Generations Remixed

Attendees of the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference are eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for their participation in this professional development event through Pennsylvania State University.  Learn more
Culture United
Long Way North
"Set in the late 19th century Saint Petersburg, Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy, dreams of the Great North. She also anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole. Sacha has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her grandfather and has the same calling as Oloukine to be an explorer. But Sacha's parents, who already made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove the idea to say the least. Defying her destiny, Sacha flees her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Oloukine and his ship." -Rotten Tomatoes | Learn more

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. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Adopt-A-Grandparent Program
This week's cool idea is the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program at Georgia State University, which promotes intergenerational communication and relationships through the art arts. 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
Seed Grants for Start-up of Dementia Day Programs. In October 2017, The Foundation will be awarding up to 15 seed grants for the development of dementia-specific Group Respite programs or specialized programs for people with Early Memory Loss (EML). The grants are $10,000 for the first year with an opportunity for a second tier grant of $5,000. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

2017 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program. The National Foster Youth Institute is accepting submissions from youth who experienced foster care (18-30 years old) across the United States with leadership potential and a drive for change. Individuals who are interested in using their voices to improve the foster care system for all youth and families are encouraged to apply. Deadline: March 5, 2017. Learn more

JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program. The 2017 Mini-Grant Program will focus on funding the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation center services that will address services for the elder population and care issues. Mini-Grants of $12,000 for up to two years will be awarded to up to five organizations. Deadline: March 13, 2017. Learn more

Brookdale Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP). The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: June 15, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Supporting Youth in Foster Care: Research-Based Policy Recommendations for Executive and Legislative Officials in 2017. This policy brief from Child Trends lays out ways policymakers can support children in foster care and strengthen their families to create safe safe and healthy environments for youth to grow into successful and productive adults. Learn more

Report to the New Leadership and the American People on Social Insurance and Inequality. This report from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) represents a first-ever comprehensive assessment of the current state of our nation's social insurance infrastructure and also offers potential new directions for modernizing social insurance to address growing risks facing the American people. Learn more

National Research Agenda on Libraries, Learning & Teens 2017-2021.  This report from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) challenges libraries to re-envision teen services in ways that recognize the resources available to libraries as well as the changing needs, and demographics, and information practices of today's teen population. Additionally, significant developments in technology led to the need to rethink how services for and with teens are best designed and delivered. Learn more

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's  animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community Toolkit The video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video

Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.   This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations.   

Beyond Bars. National Human Services Assembly. Discusses the principles and core components of building a community-based continuum of care for system-involved youth, with the goal of building and maintaining well-being and giving youth the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Fri., Feb. 27 at 1:00pm EST.  Learn more
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 20-24, 2017. 
Dare to Dream at the 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Anaheim, CA. March 22-25, 2017. Learn more

CWLA 2017 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy:  Highlighting successful Strategies to Address the Needs of Children, Youth & Families.  Child Welfare League of America. March 29 - 31, 2017. Washington, DC.  Learn more

National Indian Child Welfare Association's 35th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. NICWA. April 2-5, 2017. San Diego, CA. Learn more

5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 25-26, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

17th National Conference on Children & the Law: SOAR - Strengthening Our Advocacy for Results. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 27-28, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope. Generations United. May 10, 2017. Washington, DC. Learn more
Generations Remixed Conference. Generations United and St. Ann Center for  Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

National Foster Parent Association 2017 Education Conference. NFPA. June 21-24, 2017. Houston, TX. 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
"Never give up, never give in. Stand up, speak up. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something and not be quiet." ~R ep. John Lewis, whose 77th birthday was yesterday!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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