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 Volume 12, Issue 39
September 27, 2017
Generations United in the News
Grandfamilies Stories - In Loving Arms
Robert and Claudia's Story
Robert and Claudia's story is featured in our report, In Loving Arms. Their lives and those of their three grandsons changed on May 21, 2006, when Robert and Claudia's estranged son-in-law, Anthony Bell, ran into that morning's Sunday service and shot six people, including Claudia and both her parents. He then abducted his wife, the Browns' 24 year old daughter Erica, and her three sons, before he was later caught. The three boys were found safe, but their mother had been killed. The youngest one, 8 months old at the time, witnessed his mother's murder. Robert and Claudia, the only survivor of the church shooting, stepped up to raise their grandsons. Read the Browns' story to learn how the family worked through that traumatic moment. 

Share an Intergenerational Story with the Kraemer Intergenerational Story Contest 

We're all full of great stories. Why not submit one for Intergenerational Month for a chance to win $500? This year's theme is "bookend generations" -- that's a grandparent and grandchild or an older adult and youth. You can share your story one of four ways:


1. WRITE YOUR STORY. Share a poem, memoir or other written story in 500 words or less.


2. FILM YOUR STORY. Share your story via a video clip -- this could be people acting out a story or a video of you telling a story.


3. SPEAK YOUR STORY. Upload an audio clip of you telling your story.


4. CREATE YOUR STORY. If you are a visual artist, share a piece of artwork that represents an intergenerational experience.


The Kraemer Intergenerational Story Contest, a project to celebrate Intergenerational Month, is powered by Pass it Down. Learn more about the contest, including rules and guidelines.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. T ogether, 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 !
#BandAGEofHonor Campaign
Do you remember Balto, the famous sled dog? He led his team that joined 19 others during the Great Race of Mercy, a dog sled relay across Alaska in 1925 to deliver diphtheria antitoxin   to save the children in Nome from the outbreak. Learn more about Balto .

His story is among the conversation starters in our Intergenerational Discussion Guide for our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign that promotes vaccines for all ages. In the United States, the campaign started in partnerships between Generations United, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. Watch Tom's video .

Generations United expanded its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the  University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow   #bandAGEofhonor and   learn more about our campaign
Call for Papers - GrandFamilies Journal 
The editors of  GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging practice methodologies, program evaluation and policy perspectives related to grandparent-headed families.  Learn more 
Cool Ideas
Family Promise
This week's cool idea is Family Promise, an Encore Prize Finalist based in Summit, NJ. They're training 10,000 older adults over the next five years to serve as financial literacy coaches to 15,000 children experiencing homelessness. 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.
Culture United
The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans
Once facing down a bleak future that was likely to include prison or homelessness, Josh Shipp, who experienced foster care as a youth, met the grown-up -- his foster parent, Rodney -- who changed his life. Now, in The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows adults how to be that a caring force in a teen's life. He identified three key mindsets crucial to understanding teens. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Support for Children's Oral Health Programs. Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry will provide single-year grants of up to $20,000 to community-based initiatives in the U.S. that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to children with limited access to oral care or to those in underserved areas. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017. Learn more

Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards.  The Roslainde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Family Caregiver Alliance extended their application deadline. The Foundation will award $20,000 to each of the three categories: Creative Expression, Diverse/Multicultural Communities and Policy and Advocacy. Extended deadline: Oct. 2, 2017.  Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
In Loving Arms: The Protective Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives in Raising Children Exposed to Trauma. This report from Generations United highlights the fact that grandparents and other relatives who step in to care for children play an important role in mitigating trauma, which children in the child welfare system experience at starkly higher rates than the general population. Learn more

Grandparents: Sharing the Care. This resource is the result of focus groups ZERO TO THREE conducted with grandparents to learn more about the joys and challenges of "sharing the care." Generations United served as an advisor on the project. These resources were developed to share what was learned, with information designed both for grandparents and for organizations that serve grandparents and young families. Learn more

2017 GrandFacts Sheets. This resource from Generations United and our national advocacy partners is an important starting place for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The GrandFacts Sheets provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. 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

ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference. ZERO TO THREE. San Diego, CA. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 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
" All my life, I've had friends in my circle of friends of very wide age ranges. ...I've always liked that, to know people in many different walks of life, many different ages, many different ethnicities..." ~Salman Rushdie

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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