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 Volume 13, Issue 6
February 7, 2018
Generations United in the News
  • In her article for  Senior Planet
    Ashton Applewhite highlights the potential unleashed when the generations come together. Her article shouts out Generations United along with our report with The Eisner Foundation. Read Ashton's piece .
Donna (right) with Dr. Shannon Jarrott, professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University
Generations United on the West Coast
Last week, Donna's West Coast trip took her from Los Angeles to San Jose, CA, then to Portland, OR. She delivered two keynotes and visited four intergenerational shared sites as part of an intergenerational field-building project with The Eisner Foundation and The Ohio State University's School of Social Work. See the trip's highlights
Photo: Sourav Karmakar
Protecting and Bridging Generations will Make the State of Our Union Strong
We shared our State of the Union response last week, and continue to call on the Administration and Congress to protect, support and empower people of all ages. They can do this by recognizing the value of family (including extended family), protecting basic living standards for all generations, and supporting first responders to the opioid crisis (grandparents and other relatives raising children). Read our full response
Registration Now Open for an Online Certificate Program in Grandfamilies Leadership
This course, offered by the University of Maine Center on Aging, provides core education, technical support and leadership development for professionals delivering grandfamily and kinship programming across the country.  The spring 2018 course will run from Feb. 26, 2018 thru May 20, 2018.  Learn more.
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!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization,  join us !
Cool Ideas
Babies & Grands Music
The Babies & Grands Music -- a program of Andrus on Hudson, a senior care community -- is an intergenerational, multicultural music and movement class for older adults, babies and toddlers--from six months through pre-school. Young and old learn the fundamentals of music through play, songs, instruments and movement. 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.
Culture United
While struggling to survive the emotional vacuum of his household, Gray escapes into the safe and magical world of his grandmother Makeda's tiny parlor.  Makeda, a woman blind since birth but who has always dreamed in color, begins to confide in Gray the things she "sees" and remembers from her dream state, and an increasingly detailed story emerges that is layered with historical accuracy beyond the scope of Makeda's limited education. Gradually, Gray begins to make a connection between his grandmother's dreams and the epic life of an African queen described in the Bible . 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.
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. Deadline to apply is March 16, 2018.  Learn more
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity.  Lumina Foundation, in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is offering a one-time investment of $1 million to support colleges and universities that are working to improve their campus climates by providing opportunities for constructive racial dialogue. Four to five grants of up to $100,000 are reserved for colleges and universities that can document their existing comprehensive efforts to advance equity on their campuses and in their communities. Deadline: Feb. 26, 2018. Learn more.

2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award.   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.  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. Deadline: March 6, 2018. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Promoting Permanency for Teens: A 50 State Review of Law and Policy. This report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and the National Center for Youth Law focuses on policies impacting permanency for older youth in foster care. The report's "Element 1" highlights efforts to locate relatives of teens in care. Read the full report.

Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice. This report describes findings from a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming in senior housing that was conducted by Generations United and LeadingAge, with support from the Retirement Research Foundation. 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.
"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (see our meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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