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 Volume 11, Issue 20
May 18, 2016
Generations United in the Associated Press
In her article, "Ruled 'Broken,' Texas Foster Care System Faces Long Overhaul," AP Reporter Jamie Stengle recounted stories of youth who suffered from the state's "chronic foster care failures." The story also cited the 2013 report, Improving Foster Care Licensing Standards around the United States: Using Research Findings to Effect Change, co-authored by our Special Adviser Ana Beltran. Learn more
Generations United Shout Out!
The Chronicle for Social Change did a recap of last week's child welfare briefing that addressed ways kinship caregivers and the church community can play a bigger role in the lives of youth in foster care. The article highlighted A Second Chance CEO and Founder Dr. Sharon McDaniel, a member of Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies Council. McDaniel spoke about the 62 percent of Allegheny County, PA's youth in foster care being placed with relatives. "We got there through consistent county leadership, valuing families and being in a state and county committed to youth growing up in kinship," she said. Read the full article.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Generations United Board Chair Matthew Melmed, executive director of ZERO TO THREE,  is part of our  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign ( #bandAGEofhonor ), which we launched  in partnership with the    Gerontological Society of America  and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer Check out additional memes, share them, then learn more about our campaign

The Eisner Foundation is Hiring for Two Positions

The open positions are Director of Communications and Foundation Administrator. Learn more

News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 


Our friends at Bridges Together announced a grant opportunity to bring their intergenerational program to your community. Learn more

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.

Sign on In Support of Additional Funding for Lifespan Respite and NFCSP

Lifespan Respite Care Program improves the delivery and quality of respite services available to family caregivers of children and adults of all age with special needs. The National Family Caregiver Support Program helps states and territories fund a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. The National Respite Coalition is asking organizations or programs to sign the letter in support of increasing funding for both programs. Learn more, then sign on.

Call for Papers - GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy
The editors of the only journal dedicated to grandfamilies invite authors to submit manuscripts for a special issue to highlight grandparent caregiving from an international perspective.  Paper topics may focus on the interpretation, application and evaluation of research and practice methods involving grandparent caregivers and/or their grandchildren.  Papers analyzing specific international policies that affect grandparent-headed families are welcomed. 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!  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.

Leadership Opportunity at an LA-based Organization Serving All Ages

The Los Angeles LGBT Center - which serves people of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and ages - is seeking a Director of Senior Services. This is a high-profile opportunity for a visionary leader to make major contributions to the growth and development of the nation's oldest and largest organization for LGBT people. See the full job description

2016 State of Black America
This 40th edition publication from the National Urban League looks at racial equality in America across economics (including employment, income and housing), education, health, social justice and civic engagement. The report found that, while the equality index for people of color doesn't appear to have improved much, "Black Americans are only slightly less likely today to live in poverty than they were in 1976."  Learn more
Apply Today! Be Recognized as a Program of Distinction
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 . Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
Cul ture United
The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins by Lester L. Laminack
"This is the poignant tale of a woman who resides in a nursing home, and who seems to live more in a world of memories than here in the present. Although Miss Olivia is unable to respond, and their presence often seems to go unnoticed, daughter Angel and great-grandson Troy know better. Anything from a beautiful sunset to the mention of her porch swing - Troy's favorite place - can take her back into her past, from when she was just a little girl out on the farm with her papa, to a recent birthday shared with her daughter." (Publicist). 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
Neighbors Growing Together
This week's cool idea is Neighbors Growing Together, a Generations United Program of Distinction. This program facilitates learning, discovery and engagement opportunities to engage a community that values the contributions of all generations. 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
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

Healthy Aging Initiative in Massachusetts and Rhode Island Funded. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is currently accepting requests in the following two areas: Policy and Advocacy and Foundation President's Leadership Fund. In the Policy and Advocacy category, support is provided for efforts that advance communities toward achieving age-friendly status. The President's Leadership Fund supports community leaders in their work with multiple stakeholders that leads to age-friendly communities and addresses barriers to success in the most vulnerable communities. Letter of Inquiry deadline in both categories: July 20, 2016. Learn more about Policy and Advocacy category | Learn more about The President's Leadership Fund category.

The Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects in Aging 
Based in Chicago, the Retirement Research Foundation is one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. Proposals for direct service and advocacy projects that have a local focus are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. 
Deadline: August 1, 2016.  

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit. This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
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. 
Ageism in America: Reframing Its Issues and Impacts. American Society on Aging. Washington, DC. June 14, 2016. Learn more

Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact. The Institute for Educational Leadership. Pittsburgh, PA. June 20 - 22, 2016. Learn more

Better Together: Collaborating for Kids! National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children. Las Vegas, NV. June 22 - 25, 2016. Learn more

In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 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

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


Global Intergenerational Conference. Generations United. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
"There can be rewarding relationships between the sevens and the seventy-fives. They are both closer to the world of mythology and magic than all the busier people between those ages." ~J. B. Priestley, English author and playwright

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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