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 Volume 12, Issue 7
February 15, 2017
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United We Thrive: The Power of Intergenerational Unity
Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation on Tues., May 16, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at The National Press Club in Washington, DC, as we discuss the critical  importance of solidarity across generations for building stronger, more cohesive communities.  The program, emceed by journalist and political analyst Juan Williams, will include t he Eisner Foundation's presentation of the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. Learn more
Donna Butts presented the 2017 IFFD Award by Daniel Perell, United Nations Representative at Baha'i International Community
2017 Family Award Ceremony
Last week, the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) honored Donna Butts with their 2017 Award for families and intergenerational solidarity! The award was presented at United Nations Headquarters during IFFD's briefing, "Leaving no one behind: Promoting child inclusion through quality education for all." Donna accepted the award as affirmation of work done by Generations United and as inspiration for the work left to do. See additional photos.  
Generations United in the News 
  • The Pew report cited a Census Bureau stat from a Generations United's report that 21 percent of grandparents caring for grandchildren are living below poverty line. In addition, about 39 percent are over the age of 60 and 26 percent have a disability. Read the article
  • The new edition of the Adult Vaccination Newsletter highlights our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations campaign, which expanded to Japan and Spain. Read more
  • In a piece for the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations' blog, Generations United pointed out that despite wanting to protect their children, the number of adults fully vaccinated remains low. Learn more
Nominations Now Open for the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize Award - Deadline: May 12th
Nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself for the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize, which will present $50,000 to five extraordinary individuals ages 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a better future for all ages.  Established in 2005 by, the Purpose Prize transitioned to its new home at AARP in 2016.  Learn more
St. Ann's Wins Large Grant!
Congratulations to our 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference partner, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Inc., which won a $5 million grant from Gov. Scott Walker! The money will help St. Ann finish its Bucyrus Campus, where infants and octogenarians mix. Learn more
2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference
Reach for the Stars! Call for Presentations Now Open
Share your innovative best practices related to respite care at ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center's conference. Submit a proposal to present and give others the chance to benefit from what you learned and accomplished. Learn more
2017 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Deadline to Apply is Next Week!
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
GrandRally T-Shirt Competition - Deadline: March 1st
The 5th National GrandRally is holding a design competition for artwork on the official 2017 National GrandRally T-shirt. Are you being raised by your grandmother, grandfather or another relative? Were in you foster care? Are you adopted? Submit your original design for this competition today! 
  • First prize winner will receive $100 AND  the design will be used on the official T-Shirt
  • Second prize winner will receive $50
  • Third prize winner will receive $25
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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.
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 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!
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Pamphlet Shows the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This pamphlet - which features characters from the manga, Cells at Work - is part of our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  campaign, which we expanded to Japan through a partnership with the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology. Beginning in the United States, through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer, the campaign expanded to two other countries in late 2016. Generations United is working with the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology in Japan and the University of Granada in Spain to lead the work in their countries. Check out our memes  and  share  them.  Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign

Earn CEUs at Generations Remixed

Attendees of the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference are eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for their participation in this professional development event through Pennsylvania State University.  Learn more
Culture United
PoPo's Lucky Chinese New Year
Last month, we celebrated the Chinese New Year and kicked off the Year of the Rooster. PoPo's Lucky Chinese New Year gives the backstory of the Lunar New Year. Upon PoPo's arrival from China, she - along with her granddaughter - begin preparing for the holiday. "I liked the idea of having the grandmother teach her little granddaughter," the author Virginia Loh-Hagan told NBC News. "Culture changes, it evolves - but most importantly, it's passed down, it's shared, it's a collective experience. I wanted to capture that in my book." 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
The Silverback Society
This week's cool idea is the Silverback Society, a New Orleans-based nonprofit that supports, trains and coordinates over 150 older adult men who volunteer and are committed to making a positive impact on more than 600 boys and young men. 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 RSVP Expansion Competition. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to increase the impact of national service in one or more counties across the country. Funding priorities include Education - Intergenerational Programming, which require applicants to address ways to increase older adult engagement with young people in the areas of school readiness and K-12 success.  Notice of Intent Deadline: March 7, 2017. Application Deadline: April 4, 2017. Learn more

2017 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program. The National Foster Youth Institute is accepting submissions from youth who experienced foster care (18-30 years old) across the United States with leadership potential and a drive for change. Individuals who are interested in using their voices to improve the foster care system for all youth and families are encouraged to apply. Deadline: March 5, 2017. Learn more

JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program. The 2017 Mini-Grant Program will focus on funding the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation center services that will address services for the elder population and care issues. Mini-Grants of $12,000 for up to two years will be awarded to up to five organizations. Deadline: March 13, 2017. Learn more

Brookdale Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP). The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: June 15, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Report to the New Leadership and the American People on Social Insurance and Inequality. This report from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) represents a first-ever comprehensive assessment of the current state of our nation's social insurance infrastructure and also offers potential new directions for modernizing social insurance to address growing risks facing the American people. Learn more

National Research Agenda on Libraries, Learning & Teens 2017-2021.  This report from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) challenges libraries to re-envision teen services in ways that recognize the resources available to libraries as well as the changing needs, and demographics, and information practices of today's teen population. Additionally, significant developments in technology led to the need to rethink how services for and with teens are best designed and delivered. Learn more

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's  animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community Toolkit The video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video

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.   
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 20-24, 2017. 
Dare to Dream at the 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Anaheim, CA. March 22-25, 2017. 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

Take Off with Respite! 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference. ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Huntsville, AL. Oct. 11-13, 2017. Learn more

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
"It's funny what happens when you become a grandparent. You start to act all goofy and do things you never thought you'd do. It's terrific." ~Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of Duke University's men's basketball team. He turned 70 on Monday!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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