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 Volume 10, Issue 41
October 14, 2015
Grandparents Who Are Raising Children Need More Support
In her Washington Post columnMichelle Singletary highlighted a new report, The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities, by Generations United, CFED and Citi. Michelle reflected on Big Mama and the value of service grandparent caregivers provide, which is why she serves on our National Center on Grandfamilies Advisory Council.  Read her column
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Now Available: Peer Kinship Network Webinar
During this September webinar, kinship caregivers and representatives from Generations United and Casey Family Programs shared info about the Grandfamilies Advocacy Network Demonstration (GrAND), a new initiative designed to ensure that kinship caregivers are involved in shaping state programs, policies and strategies related to vulnerable children and families. Learn more
Building Wellbeing: Unveiling a New Narrative on Human Services 
Join the National Human Services Assembly on Tues., Nov. 10, 1:30 - 2:45 pm EST for a webinar on understanding the urgent need for a new narrative about the contributions human services make to a thriving society. Learn more
Families in Child Welfare Affected by Substance Use
A new two-volume journal on substance abuse disorders among families, released by the  Child Welfare League of AmericaLearn more
Impact Giving to Support Women and Girls of Color
Join the Chronicle of Social Change for a webinar on Weds., Nov. 4, 1-2:30 pm EST to learn which funders are coming forward to do more for women and girls of color, receive data to use for grant proposals, and strategies for maximizing impact. Learn more
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Nominations Now Open for the 2015 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence!
The Eisner Foundation is accepting nominations for an individual or a nonprofit organization that is uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their community. This year also marks 5th anniversary of the Eisner Prize. The Foundation will select two winners and award each $100,000!  Nominations  must be received on or before Oct. 31, 2015. Learn more
October Deadline for Workshop Proposals
Share your expertise in San Diego during the n4a 41st Annual Conference & Tradeshow by submitting your workshop proposal before the Call for Presentations ends on Oct. 30, 2015. Applicants with established subject-matter expertise and presentation skills, as well as proposals that include participation by a AAA or Title VI aging program, will be given preference. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our Board members, Sharon Fine and Susan Dreyfus, for their contributions.  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.
Help Us Promote the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Check out our Social Media Toolkit to help us spread the word with sample Facebook posts, tweets, and newsletter articles. We've also included logos you can use if you wish. Learn more
Generations United's 2017 International Conference: Request for Partners
Want to bring the Generations United Conference to your own backyard? We are looking for potential partners to co-convene the 19th Biennial International Intergenerational Conference in 2017. Work with our team to create an interactive, informative, and cultural learning experience for the growing intergenerational network. Letters of Interest should be submitted by Oct. 30, 2015. Learn more
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Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
In honor of  National Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight Yuyi Morales ' Just a Minute! In this trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle's door. He request that she leave with him right away. "Just a minute," Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas - and that's just the start. Using both Spanish and English words to tally the party preparations, Grandma Beetle cleverly delays her trip and spends her birthday with a table full of grandchildren and her surprise guest.

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
The Villa Maria Childcare Center
This week's cool idea is the Villa Maria Childcare Center, an intergenerational shared site in Fargo, North Dakota, where children and older adults connect. 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 .   Learn more about the Villa Maria Childcare Center .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Benefits Enrollment Centers Grant. The National Council on Aging  invites qualified state agencies and community-based organizations to apply to become Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). Funding is available for up to eight organizations to receive grants of $100,000 to enroll low-income Medicare beneficiaries into all of the benefits for which they are eligible. Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015 | Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2015. Learn more

Photo Essay Contest. Generation No Kid Hungry is mobilizing 7th-12th grade students to engage in a "real-world" photography and writing assignment to address the problem of childhood hunger in the United States. One winner will be chosen in each of three grade ranges (7-8, 9-10, 11-12). Each grand-prize winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card and a $200 donation to his or her school. Deadline:  Oct. 25, 2015. Learn more

Social Innovation Fund Grant. AARP Foundation - which received $3 million in investments over three years from the Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) to help grow Experience Corps - will use a competitive grant program to identify seven sites with high proportions of students who are struggling to read, representing 28 schools and 4,000 children. Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: Oct. 21, 2015 | Application Deadline: Nov. 17, 2015.  Learn more

Isolation Impact Area Grants.  AARP Foundation is seeking innovative and evidence- or outcomes-based solutions at the community or societal level that catalyze meaningful connections and interventions to reduce negative health outcomes among all ages. Required Letter of Inquiry Deadline: Oct. 26, 2015. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
Advocates for Families First Messaging Toolkit. Advocate for Families First - a partnership between Generations United, North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) and National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) - created this resource to assist our colleagues in their advocacy efforts. Learn more

Placement Patterns for American Indian Children Involved with Child Welfare. The research brief by Casey Family Programs, the Oregon Social Learning Center and the Rady Children's Hospital examines the extent to which placement patterns of American Indian children are aligned with the placement preference provisions outlined in the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which better ensures American Indian children involved with the child welfare system are placed with relatives. Learn more

The Value of Vaccines in Disease Prevention. This collection of fact sheets and infographics by Pfizer highlight the societal health and economic impacts of vaccines. Learn more

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. This report by Generations United and CFED, supported by Citi, highlights opportunities to support grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support. California Network of Family Strengthening. San Francisco. October 19-20, 2015. Learn more

2015 GIA Annual Conference. Grantmakers in Aging. Washington, DC.  October 28-30, 2015.  Learn more  
LeadingAge HackFest. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015. Learn more 
LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Nov. 1-4, 2015. Learn more

International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more
"...The growth and development of children no longer will depend solely upon the status of their parents. Once again, the community as the extended family will rekindle its caring and nurturing. ..." ~Dorothy Height, a civil rights and women's rights activist

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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