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 Volume 11, Issue 49
December 7, 2016
Generations United in the News
Click the image to enlarge. Youth sharing their experiences in foster care at Monday's Family First Rally on Capitol Hill.
Family First Act Update

Last night, Congress released the spending bill that will keep the government open. Unfortunately, the Family First Prevention Services Act was not in it. The only other option to pass the bill this year is by unanimous agreement, but a handful of senators continue to object to the bill. Call your senators today (202-224-3121) and  tell them, "Every Child Deserves a Family. Pass the Family First Act Now."


Listen to the heroic voices of former foster youth sharing their stories and urging support for Family First in a Capitol Hill rally on Monday and learn more

Sponsorship Opportunities for Generations Remixed
Generations Remixed, the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference, presents a unique opportunity to reach a diverse group of professionals in a field that is steadily growing in recognition and importance. Show your support for the "age amped" movement while maximizing your visibility with the intergenerational field. There are opportunities to sponsor special events, educational sessions, attendee scholarships, and beyond. Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing members - NACoVolunteers of America and ZERO TO THREE -  for their contributions. We also thank Eileen and Harry StepheyMasako Yoshizu and Tom Taylor for their year end 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!
Intergeneration Month Announced 2016 Intergenerational Story Contest Winners
Congratulations to all! We're thrilled to our friends listed as the "Certificate of Distinction" Winners: Aaron Larsen ( ), Jack Levine (founder of 4Generations Institute) and Andrea Weaver (founder and executive director of Bridges Together). Learn more
(l-r: Mary Elliot, Nancy Wood and Taylor Patskanick)

Meet Generations United's Reviewers
Two months ago, we put out a request for reviewers of movies, books and music with intergenerational themes. We're thrilled that Mary Elliot, research assistant at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture; Nancy Wood founder of Families Turning, LLC; and Taylor Patskanick , Master of Public Health candidate at Washington University in St. Louis, answered the call. Read their bios


2017 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Does Your Community Go Above and Beyond to Support All Ages?

Apply today for the 2017 Generations United/MetLife Foundation  Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. Applications due Feb. 24, 2017. Learn more

New Service coming to
my Social Security
In December, my Social Security account holders will be able to check on the status of an application for benefits or an appeal filed with administration. The new service will provide information about retirement, disability, survivors, Medicare and Supplemental Security income claims and appeals filed either online at or with a Social Security employee. Learn more
A New Way to Think about Vaccinations
In his article for the Pennsylvania Rural Health's magazine, Matt Kaplan, professor of intergenerational programs and aging at Penn State, highlighted our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign. Matt called the campaign, which uses a lifespan approach to encouraging vaccinations, a significant contribution to the field of vaccination education and awareness. Read the article.
Culture United
OYLER: One School, One Year
OYLER, a documentary film by Amy Scott, produced in association with American Public Media's Marketplace, tells the story of a dramatic turnaround in one of Cincinnati's poorest neighborhoods. Before 2006, very few kids from Lower Price Hill finished high school, much less went to college. Under long-time Principal Craig Hockenberry's leadership, Oyler School has transformed into a "community learning center," serving kids from preschool through 12th grade. The film's main character, Raven, is raised in large part by her grandparents. Watch the trailer.

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.
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Cool Ideas
The Commons Methodist Home
This week's cool idea is  The Commons Methodist Home in Oklahoma, which connects The Commons residents with children and youth through reading activities, music and student celebrations. 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
Systems of Care Grants. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Systems of Care grants to support mental health services and systems for children, youth, and families in tribal communities. Deadline: Jan. 3, 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

2017 Youth Garden Grants. KidsGardening is offering $750 in supplies to 20 winners - school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
Measuring children and youth well-being: are society's youngest and most vulnerable overlooked? This resource is the extract of a paper the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) presented to the 4th International Family Conference on "Children's Rights and Family." Learn more

Social Security: One System, Two Funds, Three Insurance Protections.  This new brief from the National Academy of Social Insurance, which includes  an infographic , explains how Social Security protects all ages through its disability, retirement and survivors protections.  Learn more

A Prescription for Action. This report from the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities is a tool to help counties and cities assess the way they respond to addiction and to formulate lasting and equitable responses that promote health, safety, and opportunity for all members of our communities. Learn more
Aging in America. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 20-24, 2017.  Learn more

Proposal Deadline Extended (Dec. 9th) for the 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

Call for Presenters for 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
Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for  Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

Call for Presenters for 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
Story Spotlight                
Remember Emmett, the boy who started a friendship with Erling, the World War II veteran? They started off as next door neighbors. Then Emmett's family moved away. Emmett and Erling's friendship continued after Erling moved into an assisted-living apartment. Last month, Emmett told his best friend bye for the final time. Read the story.
"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." ~Charles Swindoll, pastor

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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