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 Volume 12, Issue 3
January 18, 2017
Generations United in the News
  • A New York Times opinion piece on the young victims of the opioid crisis cited our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report. Read the story.
  • In their story for The NonProfit Times, Paul Clolery and Mark Hrywna report on social services programs at risk of being cut. The article quotes Donna Butts. Read the story.
Share Traditions, Not Conditions
Generations United - along with our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations partners, The Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics - say vaccines work - not for just the individual, but their loved ones as well.  Read the Op/Ed .
Plan your trip to the 5th National GrandRally!
Generations United is pleased to announce that the May 10, 2017 5th National GrandRally in Washington DC will be co-sponsored by Generations United, the Children's Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs, Foster Club, Grandfamilies 
of America and AARP . Learn about how your organization can show your support for the GrandRally by becoming an official supporting organization. And start planning your trip today by visiting the new  "planning your trip"  tab at .
Intergenerational Pathways to a Sustainable Society
In this new book - which includes a forward from Donna Butts - Matt Kaplan, Mariano Sanchez and Jacobus Hoffman explore intergenerational practices and their impact on social sustainability. The authors present issues related to age, aging, and generations, not only as problems, but as catalysts to facilitate improved quality of life for all generations. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new member, Link Generations, for their contributions. 
Together,  we  are  building a world that values all generations! You can 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.  If you're an organization, join us!
Book Review
My Grandmother Told Me to Say She's Sorry
Our reviewer, Taylor Patskanick, dove into the Land of Almost-Awake and made it back with this review of Fredrik Backman's novel. Granny's captivating fairy tales, where past and present intersected, were enchanting enough to almost keep Taylor in that world, marveling at Elsa's relationship with her Granny - a great example of how stories connect the generations. Read Taylor's review

Generations Remixed Early Bird Deadline: Jan. 31st

Planning to meet us in Milwaukee in June for the 19th Global Intergenerational Conference? Take advantage of the lowest possible rates when you register by January 31! Register today.

2017 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Apply Today to Be a 2017 Best Intergenerational Community
Does your community go above and beyond when it comes to recognizing, engaging, and supporting all ages? Apply today!  Applications due Feb. 24, 2017. Learn more
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Generations United's Photography Contest - Deadline: March 15, 2017!
Generations United is excited to promote our intergenerational photography contest.This year's theme is "Generations Unleashed: Equal Value Unleashed." The photographs should illustrate the contest's theme with creativity and insight. The Photography Contest is open to photographers of all ages. See full submission guidelines.
Culture United
Guardian Shift
In Guardian Shift, Scott Amaral delivers the much needed encouragement grandparents, aunts, uncles and ANYONE raising other people's children need. This book addresses the emotional struggles and battles guardians deal with daily from other family members and the children in their care. Discover strategies to deal with the adjustment issues in a successful manner. 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
Six Winners
This week's cool idea is Six Winners, a social empowerment component of the NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem. The program pairs older adult mentors with African American and Latino males ages 13 to 24. 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
2017 All-Star Internship. FosterClub is looking for 18- to 24-year-olds who experienced foster care. Interns receive leadership training, help improve outcomes for foster youth transitioning out of care, educate peers and industry professionals, and change public perceptions about foster youth across the nation at conferences and events all summer long.  Application Deadline: Feb. 20, 2017. Learn more

Office of Challenge Grants.  The Creating Humanities Communities program provides matching grants to help foster humanities activities and community cohesion on a local or regional level. The program supports partnerships between organizations such as public libraries, cultural centers, museums, historical societies, colleges and universities, archival repositories, school districts, civic centers, or other cultural entities.  Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017.    Learn more

The Pilcrow Foundation: Children's Book Project. The Foundation's Children's Book Project supports libraries located in a rural area within the 50 United States that have a limited operating budget and an active children's department. Through the program, a library's local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of children's books. Deadline: March 1, 2017. Learn more

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its partners will award $2.5 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, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
Grandfamilies Annotated Bibliography. This resource houses professional peer-reviewed articles about grandfamilies issues ranging from legal and economic security to health and education. 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.   
Social Insurance: Opportunities and Challenges Facing the New Leadership and the American People. National Academy of Social Insurance. Jan. 25-26, 2017. Washington, DC. Learn more

Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 20-24, 2017. (Conference includes "Intergenerational Programs and Issues Peer Group," co-led by Generations United's Program Manager Emily Patrick.)   Learn more

CWLA 2017 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy:  Highlighting successful Strategies to Address the Needs of Children, Youth & Families.  Child Welfare League of America. March 29 - 31, 2017. Washington, DC.  Learn more

National Indian Child Welfare Association's 35th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. NICWA. April 2-5, 2017. San Diego, CA. Learn more

5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 25-26, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

17th National Conference on Children & the Law: SOAR - Strengthening Our Advocacy for Results. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 27-28, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope. Generations United. May 10, 2017. Washington, DC. Learn more
Generations Remixed conference. Generations United and St. Ann Center for  Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

National Foster Parent Association 2017 Education Conference. NFPA. June 21-24, 2017. Houston, TX. Learn more

Call for Proposals for 2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).   Louisville, KY. Nov. 3 -5, 2017.  Learn more

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." ~Dr. King, whose birthday was Sunday. He would've been 88!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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