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 Volume 11, Issue 30
July 27, 2016
Save the Date for the 2016 State of Grandfamilies in America Report Release Event
Join us on Sept. 13, 5PM - 7PM EDT , as we release Generations United's 2016 State of Grandfamilies Report. This year's report will explore the impact of the opioid epidemic on grandfamilies and ways we can help support these families. Learn more and register today! 
Generations United in the News       
Ron Roel, of Roel Resources, did a story on the session DOROT's Sara Peller and Donna Butts did at the United Nations this spring. The article captures how rewarding intergenerational friendships are. Read the full article
Our Summer Intern
At the beginning of this month, we introduced two of our summer interns. Meet a third: Sydney Franklin. We're happy that she's part of our team this summer! You can learn more about her through her introductory blog, " Meet Sydney Franklin". 
The Global Intergenerational Conference: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
As Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care get ready to get age-amped  in Milwaukee next summer, we are reflecting on the elements that have made past intergenerational conferences a smashing success. The latest edition of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, now available for a limited time to non-subscribers, features a recap of Generations United's 2015 Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale Conference. Learn more
Intergenerational Fun Activities
Looking for summer fun ideas for all ages? Here's a list of intergenerational activities that Generations United staff enjoy when they're not at work. Learn more

Help Grandfamilies Win in September!
Despite strong advocacy from the field and leadership from the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden and their staff, the Senate adjourned early for summer recess yesterday without passing the  Family First Prevention Services Act, which would  provide key supportive services  to grandfamilies. The good news is that the Senate remains strongly committed to passing the bill when they return in September. Please note the statement from Senator Wyden 
urging passage of the legislation. And  help us  continue giving grandfamilies a voice on Capitol Hill. We need your support today. Thank you. 
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of actress and producer Jennifer Garner, best known for her role in the series Alias, is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  campaign. W e launched the campaign  in partnership with the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer Check out additional memes  and 
share them.  Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign
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.  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United. 
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please  email Alan King . If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today.  Learn more here .
#VoteKids: Join AAP's Get Out the Vote Campaign this Election Season
Our friends at the American Academy of Pediatrics has an opportunity for all adults, especially those 50 and over, to speak up for children. This Grandparents Day, join AAP's #VoteKids campaign. You can also visit for ideas on other ways you can Do Something Grand
The Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder/Wild Contest
With the deadline less than three months away, Barbara Yoffee, advisor at the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance, shared the contest's history and a highlight in a guest post for our Together blog. Read the full piece.
Culture United
Make New Friends...Live Longer: A Guide for Seniors
Making friends from scratch can be challenging. It's a fact that hit home with lifelong educator  and author Sunie Levin when she and her husband moved into a new community. But they didn't stay strangers long. Within a few months, her social calendar was so full that her husband was begging for a little down time. In Make New Friends...Live Longer, Sunie offers her self-tested ideas to help older adults make friends with people of all ages. 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. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Bridges Program Curricula Suite
This week's cool idea is the Bridges Program Curricula Suite - a set of four ready-made intergenerational programs - to help communities unite older adults and children through shared experiences and cooperative learning. 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
Kids Run the Nation Fund. The Kids Run the Nation Fund, an initiative of the Road Runners Club of America, awards grants of $500 to $1,000 to U.S. nonprofits and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Since the goal of the grant program is to have kids running at least once a week for multiple weeks, funded running programs should offer more than just one-time events. Deadline: Oct. 1, 2016 (grant cycle opens on Aug. 1, 2016). Learn more

Fund for a Just Society. The Unitarian Universalist Association awards $6,000 and $8,000 in grants nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society and mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. Deadline: Sept. 15, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
How to Use Pokémon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships. Pokémon Go has taken over the world! This guide by Generations United highlights ways young and old can use this app to stay active together, make connections and keep each other safe. Learn more

Qualitative Research Study of Kinship Diversion Practices. This Child Trends brief explores the practice of children being placed with relatives as an alternative to foster care. Interviews and focus groups revealed common themes among agency caseworkers, kinship caregivers, and court personnel around the reasons for using kinship diversion. Learn more

Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide. This Generations United guide includes information on recommended vaccinations across the lifespan, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussion around  vaccinations. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.
This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 2016.  Learn more

Elevate Respite! 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference.  ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Denver, CO. Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 2016.  Learn more

Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
"Spending time with [young musicians] is like a bottle of vitamins." ~Suzie Kovner, co-chair of The Kovner Foundation

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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