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 Volume 12, Issue 15
April 12, 2017
Registration Now Open for United We Thrive: The Power of Intergenerational Unity!
Register today! Join  Generations United and  The Eisner Foundation on  May 16th, 9 am - 10:30 am, at the National Press Club's Holeman Lounge! We will discuss the critical importance of solidarity across generations for building stronger, more cohesive communities. The program will feature:
  • Highlights from a new report and key findings from an original public opinion survey on the state of intergenerational unity in the U.S.
  • The Eisner Foundation's presentation of the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.
Journalist and political analyst Juan Williams will emcee the event. Register today!

Sen. Tammy Baldwin to Receive Generations United's 2017 Jack Ossofsky Lifetime Achievement Award

We're thrilled to announce that Senator Tammy Baldwin has been named as the recipient of Generations United's Jack Ossofsky Award for Lifetime Achievement in Support of Children, Youth and Older Adults for 2017. The award is a lasting tribute to Jack Ossofsky, who was executive director of the National Council on Aging, and one of the co-founders and early leaders of Generations United. 


Senator Baldwin, an honorary co-chair of Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies Council, has worked tirelessly to promote policies that bring all generations together, particularly her work to raise the visibility of grandparents raising grandchildren. Senator Baldwin will be receiving the award on June 16 at the 19th Global Intergenerational Conference, Generations Remixed, taking place in Milwaukee, WI. Learn more about the conference.

Generations United in the News

In his article for Reuters, Mark Miller focused on the impact of federal budget cuts to the Corporation of National and Community Service. The article also quotes Donna Butts.  Read the full article.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new member, Space Coast Intergen Center, Inc., for their support. We also thank Mary Anne Mason (who gave in honor of my husband, David F. Brakke, and of his parents, Willis J. Brakke and Delphine Brakke of Luverne MN, for their service in support of strong family and community services) and Gail Gallagher 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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Have a message to share with attendees of upcoming Global Intergenerational Conference? Reserve a space in our program book! Some ways attendees make the most of ad space include:

  • Promoting new resources, publications, services, or events
  • Paying tribute to influential leaders in the field
  • Celebrating recent milestones, partnerships, and more!

Deadline to submit: May 5th. Learn more and reserve your ad using our sponsorship form.

Cool Ideas
Baltimore's City Youth Snow Program
This week's cool idea is Baltimore's City Youth Snow Program, which pays young people stipends to shovel the sidewalks of residents 65 and older and those with disabilities. 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 .
H.O.M.E. Seeking a Program Director
Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly is accepting applications for Program Director. The position, based in Chicago, leads all programs and supervises five key managers. See full position requirements.
"My Family" by Jenna
GrandRally 2017 - Building a Community of Hope  T-Shirt Design Winners Announced!
Join us in congratulating our top 3 winners for the GrandRally t-shirt:
  • 1st place Jenna Braae (grandmother Mary Braae)
  • 2nd place Michael Owens (grandmother Pat Owens)
  • 3rd place Ayzha Ivory (grandmother Lori Suggs)
Jenna will receive a cash prize and her design will be featured on the official GrandRally 2017 t-shirt. Michael and Ayzha will also receive cash prizes. Learn more about the prize and Jenna's inspiration for her design.
Culture United
Aunt Flossie's Hats (& Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
When this book was first published in 1991, it met with an overwhelming response from readers and reviewers alike. Many could relate to the Sunday afternoons Sarah and Susan visited their Great-great-aunt Flossie and her memorable collection of hats, each with a special story about days of long ago. Learn more

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
Vaccine Memes
This meme of Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation, is part of Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign we launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. See more memes .

Generations United is now working with the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology in Japan and the University of Granada in Spain to lead the work in their countries. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Interfaith Leadership Lab Grants.  Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is offering grants of $3,000-$6,000 for campuses to gather students and educators from multiple campuses for training and networking on creating or enhancing dialogue across diverse communities to heal cultural divides. Deadline: April 26, 2017. Learn more

The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge.  Encore.Org will award $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support to help  innovators of any age come up with new ways to bring the talents of older adults to benefit youth.   Deadline: May 7, 2017. Learn more

Funding Opportunity for Early Career Researchers to Increase Health & Equity. New Connections, a national project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a career development program for early career researchers. The program offers funding to investigators from "historically disadvantaged backgrounds" - challenges individuals may have faced because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical, learning or other disability, or because they are first-generation college graduates. Deadline: May 16, 2017. Learn more

Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals. SAMHSA is seeking applications for up to $47.5 million in grants to help youth and families experiencing homelessness. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 24 grantees for up to $400,000 per year for up to five years. Deadline: April 25, 2017.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
GrandRally: Educating Your Legislators. This webinar will help prepare you to educate your members of Congress on behalf of grandfamilies through in-person visits, phone calls, social media or other forms of communication.  Wed., April 26 at 1:00 PM ET.  Learn more

Research and Resources
2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope. This guide, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, highlights strategies to strengthen families by promoting key protective factors that prevent child abuse and neglect. It also includes tip sheets in both English and Spanish that can be shared with parents. Learn more

National Blueprint: Achieving Quality Malnutrition Care for Older adults. This Blueprint by Defeat Malnutrition Today and Avalere Health includes strategies to help key stakeholders in the public and private sectors reduce and prevent malnutrition among older adults across the country. 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
2017 Global Intergenerational Conference - Generations Remixed. 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

The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. IAGG and The Gerontological Society of America. San Francisco, CA. July 23-27, 2017. 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
"If all generations of people freely and abundantly give care to others and to our world, we will have an eternal source of love and hope that fulfills the needs of all ages...for all future." ~Mattie J. T. Stepanek, peacemaker & poet

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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