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 Volume 10, Issue 37
September 16, 2015
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Happy Grandparents Week!
This year, we teamed up with  21 great national partners ! Because of them, and our 238 unofficial partners, we did something grand! In fact, our Grandparents Day campaign had a total potential audience (Facebook and Twitter combined) of over 1.2 million people We also introduced our  #TakeAGrandie  contest, which because of your help, reached 290,193 Twitter followers. Our #DoSomethingGrand hashtag reached 867,211 Twitter followers.  President Obama saluted grandparents  and celebrated National Grandparents Day 2015 with  this presidential proclamation.  

Congrats to our #TakeAGrandie Winners!                
Thank you all for getting the word out about our "Grandie" (intergenerational selfie) contest and for submitting your own grandies. Our two winners are FLIOA for "Best Grandie" and Cozzie King for "Best Photo of a Grandie"! Submit through the year for our 2016 grandie contest!
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International Literacy Day
In celebration of International Literacy Day, United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO)'s Institute for Lifelong Learning launched Learning Families: Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning. The publication 
highlights a number of international case studies (including a couple from the US), some of which focus on the role of grandparents/older adults in supporting literacy. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Donna Butts and Bill Libro in memory of Jaia's wonderful mom, Ruth Peterson. 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 Leadership Position!        is seeking a
Vice President, Encores for Youth (E4Y) Campaign. The successful candidate will lead an effort to mobilize millions of Americans over 50 in the service of vulnerable children and youth - and help combat inequality in the next generation. See full job posting.
Encourage Vaccination among the Older Adults in Your Life
In honor of Grandparents Day, Sue Peschin , president and CEO of Alliance for Aging Research , highlighted the importance of vaccinations for older adults in her blog post. She also introduced the Alliance's new report, Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults . Learn more
New Issue of Penn State's Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter Now Available!
This issue provides a recap of an exciting and eventful summer in terms of new intergenerational initiatives, including pilot projects, conferences, research, curricular resources, reports, blogs, and more. Read the full issue.
Opening at an Intergenerational Organization in Sudbury, Massachusetts
Bridges Together - a young, growing programming - is looking for a Part-Time Marketing Director. This position  leads and supports all marketing activities for the organization's intergenerational efforts and more. See the full job description.
Culture United
Jane the Virgin
"Jane the Virgin , a loving send-up of the telenovela, focuses on a young, Hispanic, Catholic woman, who is accidentally artificially inseminated. She lives in Miami with her mother and grandmother. The first season chronicles Jane's pregnancy, culminating in her baby's birth. The show is rich in intergenerational mentoring. Jane's abuela nurtures positive traits like honesty, determination and faith throughout Jane's upbringing through flashback. Her abuela also provides frequent emotional support and advice about motherhood and life in the present." -Adam Otto

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 Intergenerational Outreach Choir
This week's cool idea is the Intergenerational Outreach Choir (IOCC), which is based in several locations in Oregon. IOCC's mission is connecting generations through song. 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 Outreach Choir .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
TED2016 Fellowship. Twice a year, the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. TED Fellows are invited to the TED conference, where they give a TED talk, a powerful platform to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Though TED targets innovators aged 21 to 40, anyone over 18 years old is encouraged to apply.  Deadline: Sept. 20, 2015. Learn more

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. 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  
Juggling, Life, Work and Caregiving. Amy Goyer, an expert in aging and families and longtime Generations United partner, offers insight, inspiration, and poignant stories and experiences of caregivers. Learn more

Youth Service Fundamentals Webinar. Youth Service America's webinar will explore the foundation of youth service and volunteerism. Their coalition of experts in service will discuss youth engagement, how to use personal passions to make an impact, and how to design and implement service projects anytime of the year in any community. Thurs., Sept. 17, 7pm - 8pm EST. 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
"...Many older people have the time and nurturing energy that kids crave-and vice versa. If I were designing assisted-living facilities, I'd put daycare centers in them and allow residents to volunteer. ..."   ~Daniel Goleman and the science behind intergenerational activity 

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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