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 Volume 12, Issue 21
May 24, 2017
Generations United in the News
  • In their Huffington Post blog, our Donna Butts and Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation, share findings from our new report and highlight national examples of programs reuniting the generations. Read their piece.
  • On the Corporation for National and Community Service's Official Blog, Donna and Trent highlighted our report and the value of Senior Corps' Foster Grandparents program building bridge seniors and kids. Learn more
Generations United Responds to the White House Budget                
The White House released their first full budget proposal yesterday. In response Generations United urges advocates for babies, children, youth and older people to stand united in support of policies that connect and invest in people across the lifespan.  View Generations United Public Policy Agenda  and stay tuned to our Blog for updates. 

Generations United also helps lead the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Coalition, a group of organizations dedicated to the well-being of children, youth, older adults and people with disabilities. The coalition issued a statement opposing the Administration's budget proposal to eliminate SSBG. SSBG provides critical flexible support to states to help vulnerable people of all ages thrive and contribute to the well-being of our nation's communities. Read the coalition's full response.
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!
  • Bridges Together - an organization that trains others to implement successful and meaningful intergenerational programs - offers a number of free, downloadable resources for anyone interested in creating an intergenerational event. Learn more
If you're a member of Generations United an dhave a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "New from Our Members," please email Alan King.
Congratulations, DOROT!
Last week was a big one for DOROT! On Tuesday, The Eisner Foundation honored them with The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. Then the next day, DOROT held their 41st Annual Spring Benefit. See additional photos 
5th National GrandRally Photo Album
Last week, we shared the event's live stream. Now, check out the highlights in this photo album. Thank you, again, to the hundreds of grandparents from 30 states who joined us for the 5th National GrandRally! Visit the 5th National GrandRally photo album
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and new member, Sages & Seekersfor their contribution. 
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!
2017 Global Intergenerational Conference - Generations Remixed
Tickets Now Available for Local Attractions
From museums to lakefront parks and art to nightlife, Milwaukee is becoming widely recognized for its diverse and welcoming culture. Join your fellow conference attendees for some exciting opportunities to experience all that the city has to offer! Ticket purchase is required in advance for the following activities:
  • Sightseeing- Happy Hour Cruise | Tues., June 13th
  • Architectural Walking Tour | Tues., June 13th
  • Old World 3rd Street Tour: Foods of Milwaukee | Thurs., June 15th
  • Walkers Point Dine Around Bus Tour | Thurs., June 15th
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
Friendship Bench
This week's cool idea is the Friendship Bench, a group of elder women in Zimbabwe who counsel young people dealing with depression and who are suicidal. 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
Six Degrees of Separation
Inspired by a true story, this critically acclaimed play (a 2017 Tony Award nominee) follows the trail of a mysterious young con man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, claiming he's the son of actor Sidney Poitier. After a shocking surprise, the couple tries to piece together the connections that brought him into their world. The intergenerational connection is shown in this passage from the play's 4th scene: "I am bound to everyone on this planet by a trail of six people. It's a profound thought. How every person is a new door, opening up into other worlds. Six degrees of separation between me and everyone else on this planet. But to find the right six people." 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 actress/entertainer/director Jennifer Lopez 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
Disney Summer of Service Organization Grants.  Disney and Youth Service America are awarding $2,000 Summer of Service Grants to 26 organizations to incorporate youth-led service projects into summer activities. The best application will receive a $5,000 grant. Deadline: June 4, 2017. Learn more

Lifespan Respite Funding Opportunity.  The Administration for Community Living will fund up to two cooperative agreements with a federal funding level of up to $200,000 per award for a 36 month project period. The grant will fund planning, establishing and expanding/enhancing Lifespan Respite Care systems in the states. Deadline: June 14, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together. The new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live. Learn more

Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast Series. This podcast series by t he Child Welfare Information Gateway allows professionals to listen and learn while on the go. The first of the two-part podcast series, "Supporting Kinship Caregivers," showcases successful examples of kinship navigator programs helping kinship families. Learn more

2017 GrandFacts Sheets. This resource from Generations United and our national advocacy partners is an important starting place for grandparents raising grandchildren. The GrandFacts Sheets provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. 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
"The future of today's young is the last report card for today's old. Our fates are shared, even if we don't look alike. That's not just my opinion. In this great, big, mixed-up country of ours, it's what most Americans think." ~Paul Taylor, author of "The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown."

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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