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 Volume 10, Issue 34
August 26, 2015
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Grandparents Day Ideas!
  • In Roeland Park, Kansas, the 
    Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus Program has a family picnic. Learn more
  • In Brentwood, California, the
    Celebration Center is celebrating Grandparents Day the entire month of September. On Sept. 10th and 11th, preschoolers get to bring Grandparents to school. See the full flyer and learn more.
  • Haven't decided on an activity yet? Then visit for resources, ideas and information.
Intergeneration Month is September!  
The Intergeneration Foundation is still accepting submissions for their 2015 Intergeneration Short Storytelling Contest through the end of September. Win cash prizes and more! Visit the Foundation's website and enter your story. Check out their activities to celebrate Intergeneration Month. Visit their Facebook page and let them know how you celebrated!
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August is Family Heritage Month
We honor family legacies by highlighting the  Cambodian Association of Great Philadelphia's Legacy Project, which addresses multiple emerging issues - such as major health and language disparities among the elders and the education disparities among the youth - that impact the Cambodian refugee community.  Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Opening for an Intergenerational Position in Sudbury, Massachusetts
Bridges Together - a young, growing non-profit dedicated to intergenerational programming - is looking for a Part-Time Intergenerational Facilitator. This position, which reports to the Executive Director, leads and supports Bridges Together's intergenerational efforts. Learn more
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#TakeAGrandie for Generations United's Grandie Contest!
What's a grandie? An intergenerational selfie, course! We're looking for the best ones to highlight through our social media and Generations This Week. We will also announce the winner and special prize the week after Grandparents Day. Why not #TakeAGrandie during a family vacation with someone of a different generation and let us know by using the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Learn more
Culture United
Elle Reid has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter, Sage, unexpectedly shows up pregnant and needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. In his New York Times column, Anthony Oliver Scott wrote: "There is much to praise about this sweet, smart comedy of intergenerational conflict and solidarity: the way the script captures the speech patterns of the young, the old and the middle age; the way the story feels at once frantic and relaxed, as the two main characters race against the clock and meander through Los Angeles in Elle's wheezy vintage car..." Learn more

Thanks to Patti Russo for this week's suggestion!

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. Disclaimer:  Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.
Learn More About Our Google Doodle Campaign     
Join our campaign to get Grandparents Day 2015 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them,  check out our Google Doodle campaign page
Cool Ideas
The Intergenerational Pen-Pal
This week's cool idea is the  Intergenerational Pen-Pal Program  in Ohio, which fosters friendships between younger and older generations by pairing a class of third graders with attendees at a local senior center. 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 Intergenerational Pen-Pal Program.
Want to be Considered for a Bookend Blog?
Three years ago, we started a series known as the Bookend Blog. (see:  Betty White's Off Their Rockers .) The series got its name from our contributing writers, youth and older adults, both of whom we refer to as the "bookends" that hold our civil society together. Bookend bloggers comment on current events and offer generational perspectives. Does this sound like you? Read the submission guidelines, then let us know  if you want to be considered for our Bookend Blog.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
2016 U.S. School Gardens.  FoodCorps and the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a nonprofit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Application opens Sept. 1, 2015. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2015. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Caregivers and Caseworkers on Trauma, Treatment, and Psychotropic Medications
This guide, a companion to the previously released Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care, contains helpful information for caregivers and caseworkers, including a message from youth, understanding trauma and different treatments, seeking help for youth, and monitoring treatment and supporting progress. Learn more

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
Celebrate the Power of Experience.  Senior Corps.  Reston, VA. Sept. 9-12, 2015. Learn more

Grandparents As Parents Conference. Grandparents As Parents. Covington, KY. Sept. 11, 2015. Learn more

Tribal Customary Adoption: Making Relatives, Supporting Families. National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Portland, OR. Sept. 22-23, 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
"Somehow, we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, a knowledge of the past, and a sense of the future." ~Margaret Mead

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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