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 Volume 11, Issue 38
Sept. 21, 2016
Generations United in the News!
Groups Call on Senate to Embrace Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity, Urging Action on Family First Prevention Services Act
A coalition of foster youth, family advocates and health and human services leaders issued a joint statement urging immediate action on the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 ("Family First Act"), a bipartisan, revenue-neutral bill that would help orient the nation's child welfare system toward keeping families together and give new tools to improve the lives of millions of children and their families. Read the full statement.
Meet Our 2016 Programs of Distinction Designees
We congratulated them last week, now we're introducing them. Each week, we'll feature two designees. First up...are Bridges Program Curricula Suite and Easter Seals Intergenerational Program!
Bridges Together's evidence-based Bridges Program Curricula Suite unites older adults and children in their communities for shared experiences and cooperative learning. Adults (generally aged 60+) volunteer in a classroom, library or community center once a week for several weeks. Read the full profile.

Easter Seals Intergenerational Program creates opportunities for people in DC, MD and VA to contribute at all stages of life through daily intergenerational activities, and helps build a society that truly values people of all ages and abilities. Read the full profile.

Stay tuned to next week to learn more about Lutheran Home Intergenerational Program and the P&J Beacon Buddies Program!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Deborah Towns, who gave in honor of "all children," and Stephanie and Joe Harris, who gave in honor of their wedding guests, for their contributions. You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. 
Grandfamily Stories
Chris Mathews: "Grandparents are doing whatever it takes to bring their grandchildren to safety"
Starting today, we'll highlight a story each month from our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report, Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic. First up, is Chris Mathews, who stepped up to raise her grandchildren when her daughter, who suffered from a bipolar condition and drug misuse, was arrested for drug possession and jumped her court-ordered probation. Read her story.
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MessAGING with Love 
These cards came out of an intergenerational project by our former Youth Jumpstart Grantee and our conference Outstanding Youth Voluteer Award recipient,  Taylor Hamai, and Kacie Frith, a 7th grader at 'Iolani School in Honolulu, HI. These special greeting cards celebrate four centenarians and includes handwritten life quotes Kacie picked up while interviewing the elders. The cards include a design that represents something important in their live, the centenarians' picture and a short bio. The cards come in sets of 10 and cost $20/set. The proceeds will go to Project Dana, a nonprofit that helps care for Hawaii's older adults. All queries and interests in purchase should go to Kacie's advisor, Kirk Uejio at
Act Fast! Conference Registration Discount
In celebration of Intergeneration Month, we are offering conference attendees a special $25 discount on registration for Generations Remixed, the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference  throughout the month of September! Take advantage of these special savings, and use promo code GRAND25 at checkout to receive your $25 discount on registration. Learn more. Also remember to  submit your proposal to present by Sept. 30th  
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
  • Intergeneration Month is accepting intergenerational stories for their 2016 Storytelling Contest. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016Learn more about rules and prizes. 
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 .
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of the musical Hamilton is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign. T he campaign  is a partnership of Generations United, the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer .   Check out additional memes  and  share them.  Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign
Culture United
The Trip to Bountiful
"Carrie Watts may be old, but she suffers no shortage of spirit. When her carping daughter-in-law and overprotective son forbid her to travel alone from Houston to her childhood home in Bountiful, she strikes out anyway. Learning that trains no longer stop  there, she takes a bus instead and en route meets a young woman with whom she shares both secrets and memories." -Rotten Tomatoes
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
Villa Gardens and Mt. San Antonio Gardens
Two California-based LeadingAge members - Villa Gardens in Pasadena and Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona - are sponsoring summer day camps that give local elementary school students opportunities to be nurtured and educated by older mentors. 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
Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Phase 1 - Nov. 3, 2016 | Phase 2 - Jan. 20, 2017.  Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation, which has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
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

How to Use Pokémon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships. Pokémon Go has taken over the world! This guide by Generations United highlights ways young and old can use this app to stay active together, make connections and keep each other safe. Learn more

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 on how to engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning. The National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington. Seattle, WA. Oct. 24-26, 2016. Learn more

LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO. LeadingAge. Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 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  
"If people are sick and hurting and lost, I guess it falls on everybody to address those problems in some fashion. Because injustice, and the price of that injustice, falls on everyone's heads." ~Bruce Springsteen, who will turn 67 on Friday!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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