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 Volume 12, Issue 14
April 5, 2017

Speaker Announcement for Generations Remixed

We're thrilled to announce that Anne Basting, world-renowned educator, scholar, artist, and MacArthur Fellow, will lead an interactive plenary session at the 19th Global Intergenerational Conference in Milwaukee. Anne and her all-star team will share innovative models for using creative expression to connect generations and improve communities. Learn more

National Foster Care Month 2017 Website Now Live
The Children's Bureau - in collaboration with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway - launched the National Foster Care Month 2017 (NFCM) website! With this year's theme, "Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families," the website provides free resources and tools to help identify, develop, and support current foster and kinship caregivers. Learn more
Cool Ideas
Partners in Rhyme
In celebration of National Poetry Month, this week's cool idea is  Partners in Rhyme, a Massachusetts-based intergenerational poetry program where older adults explore poetry with either preschool children or high school students in their classroom.  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 .
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Sharon Niederhaus for her donation Together,  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!
Culture United
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
Come join Rosalba and her abuela on a magical journey as they fly over the streets, sights, and people of New York City which sparkles below. The story is narrated in English, and sprinkled with Spanish phrases as Abuela points out places that they explore together. The exhilaration in Rosalba's and Abuela's story is magnified by the loving bond that only a grandmother and granddaughter can share. 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.
Register Today for GrandRally 2017 - Building a Community of Hope!
Don't miss our emcee, the award-winning, nationally-syndicated  Washington Post   columnist   Michelle Singletary ! Register now!  You can also visit our Facebook event. S hare it on your page and invite your friends. (See instructions. )
Vaccine Memes
This meme of Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, 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
The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge. Encore.Org will award $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support to help innovators of any age come up with new ways to bring the talents of older adults to benefit youth. Deadline: May 7, 2017. Learn more

Funding Opportunity for Early Career Researchers to Increase Health & Equity. New Connections, a national project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a career development program for early career researchers. The program offers funding to investigators from "historically disadvantaged backgrounds" - challenges individuals may have faced because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical, learning or other disability, or because they are first-generation college graduates. Deadline: May 16, 2017. Learn more

Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals. SAMHSA is seeking applications for up to $47.5 million in grants to help youth and families experiencing homelessness. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 24 grantees for up to $400,000 per year for up to five years. Deadline: April 25, 2017.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
GrandRally: Educating Your Legislators. This webinar will help prepare you to educate your members of Congress on behalf of grandfamilies through in-person visits, phone calls, social media or other forms of communication.  Wed., April 26 at 1:00 PM ET.  Learn more

Research and Resources
2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope. This guide, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, highlights strategies to strengthen families by promoting key protective factors that prevent child abuse and neglect. It also includes tip sheets in both English and Spanish that can be shared with parents. Learn more

National Blueprint: Achieving Quality Malnutrition Care for Older adults. This Blueprint by Defeat Malnutrition Today and Avalere Health includes strategies to help key stakeholders in the public and private sectors reduce and prevent malnutrition among older adults across the country. Learn more

GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy Vol. 4.   This special issue, guest edited by Drs. Bert Hayslip Jr. and 
Carol Musil, features articles on grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, intergenerational caregiving by Lakota elders and caregiving among Jamaican grandparents in community settings.  Learn more
5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 25-26, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

17th National Conference on Children & the Law: SOAR - Strengthening Our Advocacy for Results. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 27-28, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope. Generations United. May 10, 2017. Washington, DC. 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
"Today, people are so disconnected that they feel they are blades of grass, but when they know who their grandparents and great-grandparents were, they become trees, they have roots, they can no longer be mowed down." ~Dr. Maya Angelou, whose birthday was yesterday! She would've turned 89.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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