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 Volume 10, Issue 46
November 18, 2015
Briefing on State of Grandfamilies in America: Promising Policies to Support Children Raised by Relatives
Join us Fri., Dec. 4th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., for a briefing on highlights from our second annual State of Grandfamilies in America report. Our new report evaluates all 50 states on the availability of key federal and state policies designed to address barriers and better support the the unique needs of this population. Learn more, then RSVP today! If you haven't already registered, we hope you'll join us for the reception the night before, where we'll honor Sen. Ron Wyden and nationally-syndicated Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary
Remember to Follow #EisnerIGDay Today!
Generations United is in Los Angeles County, working with The Eisner Foundation's Intergenerational Convening and Training to explore and strengthen intergenerational solutions. Remember to follow #EisnerIGDay today for highlights that include opening keynotes from  Phyllis Segal ( and Donna Butts  (Generations United). Keep up with the discussion on ways organizations can connect generations to strengthen their community. Follow #EisnerIGDay now!
Help Us Promote the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards 
Check out our Social Media Toolkit to help us spread the word with sample Facebook posts, tweets, and newsletter articles. We've also included logos you can use if you wish. Applications due Jan. 15.  Learn more 
Building a New Narrative on Human Services: A Communications Toolkit
This toolkit models recommendations from the FrameWorks Institute's research conducted on behalf of the National Human Services Assembly. Building a New Narrative on Human Services is a robust set of tools available to equip their members and partners to include this new narrative in their advocacy, communications, and resource development strategies.  Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Bill Libro for his contribution and for another gift "in honor of Ned Carey's birthday."  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.
Five-part Webinar Series: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act
Join the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative on Tues., Dec. 8, 2-3pm EST, for the first of a five-webinar series: Creating Effective Normalcy Policies, which will look at the normalcy provisions in the Strengthening Families Act and their great potential for expanding developmentally appropriate opportunities for young people. Learn more, register and mark your calendar for future webinars in the series.
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Giving in Retirement: America's Longevity Bonus
With more time, savings and skills to contribute to future generations, 65 percent of retirees, according to   Merrill Lynch's new report, Giving in Retirement: America's Longevity Bonus, say "retirement is the best time to give back". The report found that, based on giving rates among people who are currently retired from their primary occupation, charitable giving from the aging population is estimated to increase to US $6.6 trillion over the next two decades, and is projected to generate 58 billion volunteer hours due to the retirement of the boomer generation. Learn more
Creative Storytelling for People with Dementia
When memory loss separates individuals from their loved ones,  TimeSlipsa Generations United Program of Distinction,  invites them to shift ... from memory to imagination!  Their new Creativity Journal is designed for one-on-one use with people with memory loss. The journal also provides instructions on how young people can build relationships with the older adults in their lives by engaging in the art of storytelling. Learn more
Empower Hour Webinar
Join Bridges Together on Thurs., Nov. 19, noon to 1pm EST, for this month's Empower Hour webinar. This segment is "cultural continuity," or the act of passing down special rituals and celebrations to future generations. Bridges Together's Executive Director Andrea Weaver will discuss cultural continuity and how to integrate this topic into intergenerational programming. Register today!
Thanks, Mary Pleger, for this suggestion!

Culture United
Secondhand Lions
"A shy adolescent boy, Walter (Haley Joel Osment), is taken by his mother (Kyra Sedgwick) to spend the summer with his two hard-boiled great-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine), who are rumored to possess a great fortune. At first, the two old men, both set in their ways, fin d Walter's presence a nuisance, but they eventually warm up to the boy and regale him with tall tales from their past. In return, Walter helps reawaken their youthful spirit." -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
Urban Warriors
This week's cool ideas is Urban Warriors, a program of the YMCA of Metro Chicago and the Adler School of Professional Psychology, that pairs youth from Chicago's roughest neighborhoods with military veterans.   

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 Road Scholar .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The Charles Bronfman Prize. The Charles Bronfman Prize awards $100,000 grant to an individual or team under the age of fifty who self identifies as Jewish and whose humanitarian work, combined with their Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.  Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015. Learn more

EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award up to $15,000 for each of 42 college student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches that address environmental challenges.  Deadline: Dec. 8, 2015.  Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
This report by Generations United and CFED , supported by Citi , highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Report Release
2015 State of Grandfamilies Report Release and Reception. Generations United. Washington, DC. Dec. 3, 2015. Learn more and register today!

Disparate Income, Wealth and Opportunity:  Implications for Social Insurance. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. Jan. 27-28, 2016. Learn more

Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. March 30 - April 2, 2016. Learn more
"No one's life is ordinary. We're all the heroes and heroines, with fate or flaws to bear " ~Maeve Binchy, reading room staple

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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