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 Volume 11, Issue 8
February 24, 2016
Generations United Launches the Valuing Vaccination Across Generations Campaign!
We are thrilled to launch the
Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations campaign (#BandAGEofhonor) in partnership with the Gerontological Society of America and with support from  
Pfizer . This awareness campaign bridges the importance of immunizations within segmented groups into intergenerational conversation within families and among generations. This international effort to promote vaccinations across the lifespan includes a brief video testimonial , an infographic and
  memes . Learn more  

You can also use our resources and tools to start an intergenerational conversation about the value of vaccinations. 
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Generations United Board Member's NFL Son Joined a Campaign in Support of Foster Youth

Kansas City Chiefs' Quarterback Alex Smith - son of our Board member, Pam Smith (executive director of the Alex Smith Foundation) - joined the #WhenIWas18 campaign in support of foster youth. First Place for Youth's campaign, which started last month, raises awareness about the challenges foster youth face when they turn 18 and "age out" of the foster care system. Learn more
Mark Your Calendars! Generations United's 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference, June 13-16, 2017
We are excited to announce the dates for our 19th biennial conference, co-hosted with St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Mark your calendars for June 13-16, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee, WI! Keep an eye out in Generations This Week and the conference website for more information including special events, call for proposals and registration details. Contact Emily Patrick or Cathy Feldkamp if you are interested in being involved on a planning committee.
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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, Worcester State University, for their contribution.  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.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
2016 Call for Nominations - MetLife Foundation Awards
The MetLife Foundation is accepting nominations for two awards: The Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease and the Promising Investigator Award in Alzheimer's Disease. The first award, which consists of a personal prize of $50,000 and an institutional grant of $200,000, recognizes major contributions in the past five years that promoted a better understanding of the underlying causes, prevention and treatments of Alzheimer's disease. The Promising Investigator Award, which consists of a $100,000 prize, recognizes emerging scientific leaders in the field of Alzheimer's disease research. Deadline: 5pm EST on March 11, 2016. Learn more
Global Youth Service Day 2016 is less than two months away! Youth Service America (YSA) invites your organization to join the Global Youth Service Network and help lead Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) on April 15-17, 2016. Through the GYSD Community Partner Program, YSA will recognize your organization's work to support both youth development and community development in your part of the world! New organizations can now join this global coalition that will engage youth in service initiatives to help meet the new UN Sustainable Development Goals here. Learn more, then join today!
Culture United
Mei-Mei Loves the Morning by Margaret Tsubakiyama
This story, set in a contemporary city in China, is about a typical morning in the life of young Mei-Mei and her grandfather. They hook t heir songbird's cage on Grandpa's  bicycle and ride it through the city streets, joining the other bikers. When they reach the park, Mei-Mei and her grandfather hang the birdcage on a plum tree, alongside the other cages, and join a multi-generational group in a tai-chi session.

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
Dancing with the Spirit

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 Dancing with the Spirit .
Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat! The National Education Association is calling all youth to reward their learning by celebrating the joys of reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday. On March 2, tip your hat to Dr. Seuss and celebrate his newly discovered book, What Pet Should I Get?, with creative acts of reading and learning for students of all ages. How will you help create a nation of readers? Take the Read Across Pledge and share your plans for celebrating Read Across America Day. 
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

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

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources
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
Webinar on Models of Training and Education for Kinship Caregivers. Child Focus.  Thurs., Feb. 26, 3-4 PM EST. Registration is now open:  Learn more

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

New Worlds of Adoption and Foster Care: Thriving on the Frontline. The Treehouse Foundation and The UMass Rudd Adoption Research Program in partnership with the Boston College School of Social Work.  Amherst, MA. Fri., May 13, 2016. (Early Bird rate until Feb. 29, 2016.)  Learn more
"I like being very active, I like being with people, and my whole life has been forming relationships. And so, that has to continue. You can't quit. I've been told that it's hard to make friends as you get older. I have not found that to be true. In the Peace Corps I've made a lot of friends of younger people..." ~Alice Carter, 87-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, on the importance of staying active

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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