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 Volume 11, Issue 9
March 2, 2016
MetLife Foundation and Generations United Announce 2016 Best Intergenerational Communities
They are places that folks of all ages proudly call home because they recognize the benefits of intergenerational programs, practice, policies and services. Please join us in applauding the recipients of the 2016 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award: City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Eastman Community Association of Grantham, New Hampshire. In addition, kudos go to the 2016 National Finalist:  City of Coral Springs, Florida. In the next few weeks, stay tuned to learn more about each community. Save the date for the recognition of award winners on April 19 in DC.
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A Message from Tom Taylor (89 Years of Wisdom)
Our friend, Tom, talks about the value of vaccinations across the lifespan. The brief video testimonial is part of our  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  campaign ( #BandAGEofhonor ), which we launched last week  in partnership with the  Gerontological Society of America  and with support from  Pfizer . Watch the video, then learn more about our campaign
Generations United Presenting At Child Care Aware® of America's Symposium 2016
Catch Generations United's presentation at Child Care Aware of America's Symposium 2016 in Washington, D.C. Check out our  Deputy Executive Director  Jaia Peterson Lent and Program Manager  Emily Patrick's presentation, " Grand Partners in Education: Grandparents as Catalysts for Family Engagement," on  Tues., April 5, 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM,  Learn more
Change Lives & Communities
Listen to a Life Story and win in the Legacy Project's annual contest. Young people, ages 8-18, interview grandparents or grandfriends to write a 300-word story and win a Lenovo Yoga Tablet. Deadline is March 25. Learn more
Generations United's 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference, June 13-16, 2017
Our excitement continues as we start planning for next year's Global Intergenerational Conference, June 13-17, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to being named a 2016 Best Intergenerational Community, did you know that Milwaukee is home to two Generations United Programs of Distinction? Check out TimeSlips Storytelling-Creative Trust and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, our conference co-host, to learn more about some of the intergenerational opportunities that Milwaukee has to offer!
Stay tuned to Generations This Week and the conference website  for updates including call for proposals and registration details. Please contact Emily Patrick or Cathy Feldkamp if you are interested in being involved on a planning committee.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing members, AARP Foundation and the Salvation Army, for their contributions. Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.
Culture United
Downton Abbey
This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family's classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham -- his cousin James, and James' son, Patrick -- die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The show, which entertains all ages, will air its final episode this Sun., March 6. 

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
This week's cool idea is ART CART, a replicable, interdisciplinary, educational experience that connects aging professional artists with teams of graduate and upper-level undergraduate students to prepare and preserve their creative work, and to help shape the future of our American cultural legacy.

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 ART CART .
Internship Opportunities                
Join our Team as a Summer Intern
Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for summer internships in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network.  See additional details and qualifications If you are passionate about building a better world for people of all ages, contact Adam Otto at  or 202-777-0117 by March 31.

Summer Teen Internship Program 2016
Generations United member,  DOROT, has a Summer Teen Internship Program, which offers two four-week sessions for high school students to be of service to older adults. Eligible applicants are students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors. Through a competitive process, they choose up to 18 interns for each session.  Deadline: May 13, 2016  Learn more

Two Internship Opportunities with a Chicago-based Program
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Chicago Chapter has two internship opportunities. The first is a  Summer Program Event Intern for college students  who want to build their preparation and planning skills. For those wanting to plan and execute a summer program for homebound older adults, there's the  Summer Visitor  internship. Learn more:  Summer Program Event Intern  Summer Visitor
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Strengthening Families Washington Community Work.   
The Washington State Department of Learning is offering funding opportunities to community organizations whose work promotes the protective factors among families and communities. Deadline: March 11, 2016. Learn more

2015-2016 OMEGA Scholarships. Through the generous sponsorship of the MIT AgeLab, the   New England University Transportation Center , and AARP , OMEGA is proud to offer   three new $1000  college scholarships to recognize and reward the efforts that young adults are making to create multigenerational connections. High school juniors and seniors living in one of the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) are eligible to apply for scholarships. Deadline: March 20, 2016. Learn more

Innovations in American Government Awards.  Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is offering the $100,000  Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government , a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation.  Deadline: April 15, 2016.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources
Managing Lead in Drinking Water at Schools and Early Childhood Education Facilities.  This report from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation is a comprehensive source of best practices for lead sampling and analysis in schools and early childhood education facilities across the country. Learn more

Progress Check: Youth Confinement in America Today. This data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at the racial inequities in America's youth lockup pattern. America locks up its black youth at a greater number, compared to their white peers. Compared to whites, the national confinement rate for Hispanic youth is nearly twice as high and five times higher for black youth.  Learn more

State of Grandfamilies in America: 2015.  In this  second edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report , Generations United identified key state laws and policies specifically designed to address barriers and better support the diverse and unique population of grandparents and other relatives raising children. 

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
Citi Community Development commissioned this report by Generations United and CFED , which  highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Recording of Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers: Meeting their Respite Needs. Generations United and Penn State University. Weds., Feb. 24. Access archived materials.  

Aging in America.  American Society on Aging.  Washington, DC. Mar. 20*-24, 2016.   Learn more

* Intergenerational Connections Peer Group.  Mar. 20, 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM. Learn more

Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2016.  Learn more 

Coming Together: Building the Path, Shining the Light.  Lutheran Services in America.  Minneapolis, MN. Apr. 25-28, 2016.  Learn more

The 8th Eden Alternative International Conference. The Eden Alternative. Little Rock, AK. May 3-5, 2016. Learn more
In the News
  • When Next Avenue surveyed their mostly 50 and older readers about issues they would vote for, resources for children and youth were high on their list. As one reader put it, "...KIDS are the future." Read the full story
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."  ~Dr. Seuss (Happy Birthday!)

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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