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 Volume 11, Issue 26
June 29, 2016

Help Generations United Help Grandfamilies!
Last week, Generations United's efforts helped lead to the successful passage of the  Family First Prevention Services Act  in the House of Representatives. The bill now heads  to the Senate for a vote.  If passed, it would  provide key supportive services   to grandfamilies. We have few precious days before the Senate recesses for the summer. We need your help to make this happen.  Contact your senators today and tell them you support the Family First Prevention Services Act  (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121) . And   help us  continue giving grandfamilies a voice on Capitol Hill. We need your support today. Thank you. 
Thank You for Helping Grandfamilies
We thank  Ana Beltran Beverly  DanielsCydney Campbell, Paul Arfin  and  Tonya Wiley-Robinson  for helping us continue to give grandfamilies a voice on Capitol Hill. 
Congrats, Dr. Shannon Jarrott

Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Jarrott and her colleagues at Ohio State University for receiving a $1.2 million five-year grant from the USDA for "Food for a Long Life: A Community-Based Intergenerational Project In Ohio and Virginia." With this grant, the researchers will use intergenerational strategies to increase healthy food access, consumption and education for young children and their families living in high poverty areas in Columbus, OH, and Lynchburg, VA. Learn more

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Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder/Wild Contest 2016 - Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016

The Rachel Carson Intergenerational  Sense of Wonder/Wild contest for 2016 is well underway. All levels of creativity are welcomed. See RCLA Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Website for details and to download the application. Questions? Contact Barbara Yoffee, M.S.Ed, Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, Ebenezer Ridgesfor their contributions
Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  You can also 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.
Apply By June 30! Be Recognized as a Program of Distinction
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 . Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!  If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please  email Alan King . If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today.  Learn more here .
Culture United
Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted  attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all. 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
OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits
This program, based on the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), enlists caring older adult volunteers to inspire children to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits for a lifetime. Teams of volunteers work with children in after-school and summer programs for up to 25 weeks. Each one-hour session includes at least 30 minutes of fun, active games, hands-on nutrition lessons and a healthy snack.  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

Disney Summer of Service Grants. Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company are teaming up this summer to offer $500 each to 340 young change-makers who can turn their creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016. Learn more


Policy and Advocacy Grant. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is offering grants to aid communities expanding access to programs and services for all ages and include system change/improvement. Community/civic engagement must involve diverse stakeholders mobilizing and affecting change.  LOI Deadline: July 20, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
Together Old & Young. This triannual newsletter from the International Child Development Initiatives (iCDi) is another resource for news, publications and upcoming events from the world of intergenerational learning. Read their current issue.

Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide.
This Generations United guide includes information on recommended vaccinations across the lifespan, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussion around
 vaccinations. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.
This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 2016.  Learn more

Elevate Respite! 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference. ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Denver, CO. Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 2016.  Learn more

Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
" Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.~Charles Swindoll, pastor, author and educator

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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