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 Volume 12, Issue 50
December 13, 2017
L-R: Ellen Amstutz, Dr. Susanne Bleiberg Seperson, Donna Butts and Kevin Brabazon.
Generations United at the UN!
On Monday,  Donna Butts moderated a panel at United Nations' Headquarters in New York City. The discussion was on how intergenerational relationships contribute to the human rights of older and younger people. The panel included Generations United's UN reps: Dr. Susanne Bleiberg Seperson  and Kevin Brabazon, who both serve on the UN Sub-Committee on Intergenerational Relationships of the NGO Committee on Ageing. We welcome our new rep,  Ellen Amstutz, who is senior program officer for DOROT's Community Based Programs and External Affairs. Check out these highlights.
Generations United in the News
  • Caught Between Generations did a segment on grandparents raising grandchildren. Jaia Peterson Lent was a featured guest on the show. Listen to the recording.
Generations United Welcomes Irv Katz!
We're thrilled to announce that Irv Katz, former president and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, joins us as a senior fellow! His wisdom and experience are invaluable. Much of his career prior to the Assembly was with United Way, including stints as a senior vice president at United Way of America (now United Way Worldwide) and as president of the United Way of Central Indiana (Indianapolis and environs), though his career began at a historic settlement house also in Indianapolis. Learn more about Irv
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing members --  County of San DiegoNational Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Sunshine Care -- and our Board members, Joe Cuticelli and  Karyne Jones, for their contributions. We also thank Bert Hayslip and Jean Fiorito (who gave "in honor of: Martin Fiorito, Bruce Fiorito, Ralph Silano, Hans Johnson and Carol LaBrecque") 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 !
Tennesseans Tell Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to Support the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act
In May, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the  Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would create a federal task force charged with developing and disseminating information to help grandparents and other relatives raising children.  Now cosponsors of the bill are urging passage before the end of the year. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee is chairman of the Senate HELP committee responsible for the legislation. He has the power to make this bill a priority.  If you are from Tennessee, call Senator Alexander's office at (202) 224-4944 or email him and urge him to "pass the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act this year." 
Photo Contest Winners
First Place!
We announced the results last week. Now, it's time to highlight our winners. Our first place photo is of Oasis tutor Larry Goering volunteering with the children at Mullanphy Elementary School in St. Louis. He works with students in grades K-2 to provide extra attention and help so they can be successful. 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

Dr. Mike Weaver, a 2017 AARP Purpose Prize winner
Nominations Now Open for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award - Deadline: March 6, 2018 
Nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize, which will present $50,000 to five extraordinary individuals -- ages 50 and older -- who are using their life experience to make a better future for all ages.  Established    in 2005 by   , the Purpose Prize transitioned to its new home at AARP in 2016. In addition to the cash prizes, one of the five winners will be awarded the Andrus Award for Intergenerational Excellence, named for AARP's founder.    See the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize winners   , then  nominate/apply for the 2018 prize .
Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Let's Talk The Flu Shot

This conversation starter from our vaccine discussion guide is part of  our   
Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign that we launched in the United States through partnerships with the   Gerontological Society of America   and the   American Academy of Pediatrics   with support from Pfizer .

Generations United expanded its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by the   Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the   University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor 
Culture United
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary-but wonderful. 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.
Cool Ideas
Generation Growers
Based in Ipswich, MA, Generation Growers brings together sixth to 12th grade students and their older adult partners to learn from each other about gardening practices. Older and younger people work together to build an ecosystem in the heart of Ipswich schools. 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
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.

Youth Practitioner Award Nominations. The Youth Learning Institute is accepting nominations of individuals or organizations with outstanding performance in the creation and implementation of youth development programs or services. The winner will be recognized at the U.S. Play Coalition Play Conference at Clemson University (April 8-11, 2018). The winner will have conference fees paid as well as receive hotel accommodations and up to $500 in travel to attend the Play Coalition. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017. 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

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.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the United States. This brief from Youth Against Alzheimer's and the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging seeks to enhance public understanding of the experiences and challenges of young adults providing care for a family member or friend living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Learn more.

Making the Case for Intergenerational Childcare. recently published an essay by Madeline Dangerfield-Cha and Joy Zhang that shows intergenerational approaches to childcare have the potential to create brighter futures for currently underserved youth, while benefiting older adults. 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.
"My grandmother was all about discipline, but she always said, 'I want you to go get your dreams.'" ~Jamie Foxx, who turns 50 today. Happy Birthday! (See the meme.)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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