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 Volume 11, Issue 39
Sept. 28, 2016
Generations United in the News
  • The Weinberg Foundation did a press release, announcing their new grantees. Generations United is honored to be on that list. Learn more
  • In her Deseret News article, Marjorie Cortez reported on the the Family First Prevention Services Act. The story quoted our joint statement with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, FosterClub and The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds. Read the full article

2017 Global Intergenerational Conference- Proposal Submission Deadline Extended to Oct. 31, 2016

The deadline to submit a proposal to present at the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference has been extended to Monday, Oct. 31. 2016. We are seeking proposals for educational sessions that will enhance the intergenerational field's capacity for developing practices, programs, and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen grandfamilies, and build more cohesive and caring communities throughout the world. Learn more, then submit a proposal to present.
Call Your Senators! Tell them to Support the Family First Act!

Time is running out for Congress to pass the Family First Prevention Services Act, a landmark bipartisan bill that would help grandfamilies and strengthen the child welfare system. Contact your senators today! Urge them to pass the Family First Prevention Services Act this week!

Meet Our 2016 Programs of Distinction Designees

This week, we introduce Lutheran Home Intergenerational Program and the P&J Beacon Buddies Program!


Lutheran Home Intergenerational Program engages children from the onsite childcare center with older adults from Lutheran Home's adult day program, skilled nursing unit, short-term rehab and memory care assisted living. Residents and participants at the Lutheran Home are lovingly called "grandfriends" by the children who participate. Learn more


The P&J Beacon Buddies Program connects middle school-aged youth enrolled in Phipps Neighborhoods' P&J Beacon program and older residents of the Throggs Neck community in the Bronx, NY. The program aims to foster a nurturing connection between youth and older adults in the community by promoting awareness, appreciation and respect for all generations. Learn more


Stay tuned to next week to learn more about Sages & Seekers and TimeOut@UCLA! Learn more about our Programs of Distinction.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their 
contributions.  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. 
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
  • University of California San Diego has the Intergenerational Collaboration Initiative that engages students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees through organized, interactive programs that improve the physical and emotional health of all generations. Learn more 
If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please  email Alan King . If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today.  Learn more here .
Call for Reviewers
Generations United is looking for reviewers for movies, books, and music with intergenerational themes. Reviews might be featured in Generations This Week and our  Together blog. Those interested  should contact Alan King, Generations United's communications specialist.
The Two-Generation Approach Framework: A Closer Look at State-Level Implementation
This report from the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) explores how three states - Colorado, Connecticut, and Utah - are developing and implementing a Two-Generation (Two-Gen) framework in their human service programs.  The Two-Gen approach builds well-being by working with both generations of families simultaneously to support early childhood education, elementary education, economic stability, and family engagement.  Learn more
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of our Board chair, Matthew Melmed, executive director of ZERO TO THREE,  is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign. T he campaign  is a partnership of Generations United, the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer .   Check out additional memes  and  share them.  Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign
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Culture United
The Great Gilly Hopkins
A feisty youth in foster care has an outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother. Her plan includes unintended consequences in The Great Gilly Hopkins, an entertaining film for the entire family. Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. In an effort to escape her new foster mother Maime Trotter's (Kathy Bates) endless loving care, Gilly concocts a plan that she believes will bring her mother running to her rescue. But when the ploy blows up in Gilly's face it threatens to ruin the only chance she's ever had to be part of a real family. In theaters and on demand October 7th. Watch the trailer.
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
Storytelling Is a Conduit for Intergenerational Learning
This week, we feature Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell's Psychology Today article. Her article explores how stories connect people's brains in ways that make them co-creators of new stories. She recounted an experience when she worked with a group of teens and elders in a six-week structured group. What she learned was that both groups inspired each other. 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 .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program. 
The Foundation's School Garden Grant Program provides support for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016. Learn more

Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Phase 1 - Nov. 3, 2016 | Phase 2 - Jan. 20, 2017.  Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation, which has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  

Foster Care: Most Tribes Do Not Anticipate Challenges with Case Goal Changes, but HHS Could Further promote Guardianship Assistance. This report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines data comparing Indian and non-Indian children in foster care. It also examines the challenges selected tribal child welfare agencies may face in addressing changes to "another planned permanent living arrangement" (APPLA) and establishing permanent homes for children in tribal foster care. Learn more

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community Toolkit . The video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video

How to Use Pokémon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships. Pokémon Go has taken over the world! This guide by Generations United highlights ways young and old can use this app to stay active together, make connections and keep each other safe. Learn more

Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide. This Generations United guide includes information on recommended vaccinations across the lifespan, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussion around  vaccinations. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.
This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders on how to engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning. The National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington. Seattle, WA. Oct. 24-26, 2016. Learn more

LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO. LeadingAge. Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
*Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  
"I have some friends my age who aren't working anymore, and they're boring. ...They talk about things like having a flat tire last week. Here I'm around people of all different ages. Being here is more fun than going to the movies." ~Fred Bass, co-owner of the Strand Book Store

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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