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 Volume 10, Issue 27
July 8, 2015

Get Ready for The White House Conference on Aging Next Week - July 13!

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is Monday! Expect a focus on intergenerational connections at this once-a-decade occasion, where Donna Butts has been invited to participate. The event will be livestreamed so that young and old from around the country are able to participate. Why not organize a watch party with someone from another generation? We hope all ages will take this opportunity to share an intergenerational story about the power of working across generations and how it contributes to healthy aging. Learn more

The NonProfit Times Article on Fundraising Quotes Generations United
In his article, " Old Or Young, There's No Telling How They'll Respond," Mark Hrywna asked experts about fundraising across generations. Whether you're reaching out to older or younger donors, Donna Butts said, it's still important to "listen to what they think is important, what they hope is going to happen as a result of their activism or contribution." Read the article.
Thank you, Pfizer!
Generations United thanks Pfizer for being a silver level sponsor of our conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, 2015, Honolulu, HI!

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale

Meet Generations United's 2015 Award Recipients

This week, we introduce the Elouise Frank and Taylor Hamai! If you plan to tweet on your way to or during the conference, tweet at #GensUnited15.


Better known as Puna (short for kupuna, Hawaiian for older adult) to her foster grandchildren, Elouise Frank has volunteered at Lanakila Head Start for the past four years as a foster grandparent. She inspires the children with arts and crafts, gardening, songs, and dances. More importantly, she provides guidance, love and a listening ear. Frank teaches the children how to make things and care for plants and passes on whatever knowledge she has to the children. Read the full profile.


As one of Generations United's 2008 Youth Jumpstart Grantees, Taylor Hamai, then a student at the 'Iolani School, led a collaborative intergenerational effort with her peers in the "One Mile Project" class to improve the lives of kupuna within a one-mile radius of 'Iolani. Hamai's most personally rewarding intergenerational initiative was a fundraiser called "MessAGING with Love," where students interviewed local centenarians and placed their life advice and wise quotes on greeting cards. Read the full profile.

Our Grandparents Day Take Action Guide is Now Available!
Check out our Take Action Guide for ideas on how you can Do Something Grand for Grandparents Day (Sept. 13)! Be sure to  visit our website for updates and resources. Let us know what you're planning so we can highlight creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the celebrations begin.

Opening for an Intergenerational Position in Washington, D.C. 

Senior Corps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is looking for a program officer. This position serves as lead for grant monitoring support and evidence-based programming implementation including providing training and technical assistance activities for Senior Corps' intergenerational programs. Learn more

Generations United Shout Out!

Our 2015 Leadership Award recipient, Gary and Mary West Foundation, announced the exciting news that our friend, Shelley Lyford, will be the new chief executive of their West Health Institute! Congrats, Shelley! Learn more

Meet Our 2015 Programs of Distinction Designees
We congratulated them last week, now we're introducing them. Each week, we'll feature profiles of two designees. First up...are Bridge Meadows and the Elder Service Partner Program at Messiah College Department of Human Development and Family Services!

Bridge Meadows is an intentional intergenerational housing community in North Portland, Oregon.  Serving foster youth, adoptive parents, and low¬≠-income elders, Bridge Meadows cultivates permanence and family resilience through integrated onsite support services and therapeutic interventions. Read the full profile.

The Elder Service Partner Program is an intergenerational service-learning experience for students enrolled in GERO 232 Sociology of Aging at Messiah College, a private college in Pennsylvania.  Students are paired with an Elder Service Partner (ESP) in completing two types of service. Read the full profile

Stay tuned to next week to learn more about Opening Minds through Art and PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartments!

NICWA Announces New Training Institute

Join the National Indian Child Welfare Association in Portland, OR, Sept. 22-23, 2015, for Tribal Customary Adoption: Making Relatives, Supporting Families. The one-day session will explore the concept of tribal customary adoption, the literature on this topic, and how it fits into broader child welfare practice and policies. Learn more, then sign up today!

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.

Intergeneration Short Storytelling Contest 2015

This Grandparents Day, Do Something Grand by sharing an intergenerational story in 300 words or less. Intergeneration Month is awarding 20 cash prizes! If you submit by Aug. 1 and your story wins, you get an additional cash bonus! Don't miss out on telling your intergenerational story and having it possibly shared with others. Learn more

Culture United

The Gifts of Being Grand

This book by Marianne Richmond not only pays tribute to the special joys and rewards of grandparenthood, but also to older adults who take on and mentor a grand friend.

Filled with wit and warmth, the book's lyrical poetry and vibrant illustrations let "grown up" moms and dads recall their parenting past, celebrate their own kids, and delight in the newfound gifts of being an elder. From a "grand" - new name and lots of hugs and kisses - to a second chance for patience, adventure and fun, The Gifts of Being Grand counts each gift as a reason to cherish this grand season of life! 


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. Disclaimer: Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.

Cool Ideas
This week's cool idea is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson Counties, Inc., which matches youth between the ages of 6 and 14 with Seniors living in an Independent Living Senior Community.  T weet your cool intergenerational ideas  to   #cooligideas You can also p ost 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 Big Brother Big Sister of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson Counties, Inc. .
Want to be Considered for a Bookend Blog?

Three years ago, we started a series known as the Bookend Blog. (see: Betty White's Off Their Rockers.) The series got its name from our contributing writers, youth and older adults, both of whom we refer to as the "bookends" that hold our civil society together. Bookend bloggers comment on current events and offer generational perspectives. Does this sound like you? Let us know if you want to be considered for our Bookend Blog.

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Grants to Massachusetts and Rhode Island Residents. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is currently accepting requests in the following two focus areas: Policy and Advocacy. Support is provided for efforts that advance communities toward achieving age-friendly status. Funded programs should be collaborative and involve participants from all community arenas. Deadline: July 20, 2015. Learn more


Family Literacy. Awards ranging from $200 to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations that support family literacy. The program focuses on fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs, breaking the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more

Generations United encourages you to submit intergenerational projects. If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources  
Children's Budget 2015
This new report from First Focus, offers a detailed guide to federal spending on children and serves as an invaluable resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America's youth. Learn more

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale.  Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA.  Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015.   Learn more  

2015 GIA Annual Conference. Grantmakers in Aging. Washington, DC. October 28-30, 2015.Learn more 

International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more

Celebrate the Power of Experience. Senior Corps. Reston, VA. Sept. 9-12, 2015. Learn more


Grandparents As Parents Conference. Grandparents As Parents. Covington, KY. Sept. 11, 2015. Learn more

LeadingAge HackFest. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015. Learn more
"We turn not older with years, but newer every day." ~Emily Dickinson

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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