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 Volume 12, Issue 9
March 1, 2017
Generations United in the News
  • In their piece for LPN-Q, The Quarterly Journal of the Life Planning Network, Donna Butts and Emily Patrick share impactful tools to help intergenerational programs create meaningful opportunities for young and older generations to connect. Learn more 
  • In her article for LeadingAge's blog, writer/editor Geralyn Magan asked, "Can Housing-Based Programming Bridge the Generational Divide?" According to preliminary findings from a new LeadingAge/Generations United survey, the answer is YES! Read the article.
Michelle Singletary to Emcee our 5th National GrandRally!
We're thrilled that award-winning Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary will emcee our 5th National Grandrally - Building a Community of Hope, which will elevate the critical role grandparents and other relatives play in providing safe, loving, permanent families for children and the policy changes needed to effectively support them.

Michelle, a member of Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies Council, often cites "Big Mama," her grandmother who raised her, in her nationally-syndicated column, "The Color of Money." Learn more about the GrandRally.
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Generations United Intern Opportunity - Deadline: March 15, 2017!

Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for internships starting in late spring/early summer in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. Internships are full-time, but part-time opportunities may be available. Stipend available. See full posting.
Congrats to our longtime colleagues, Grandparents as Parents!
We're thrilled that our longtime colleagues, Grandparents as Parents, will work with California State University-Northridge on a  $166,000 grant from The Eisner Foundation to understand and help underserved populations! Learn more
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Generations United's Photography Contest - Deadline: March 15, 2017!
Generations United is excited to promote our intergenerational photography contest.This year's theme is "Generations Unleashed: Equal Value Unleashed." The photographs should illustrate the contest's theme with creativity and insight. The Photography Contest is open to photographers of all ages. See full submission guidelines.
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.  If you're an organization, join us!
Grandfamily Stories
Through the Ups and Downs: Utah Grandfamilies Program
When Ron and Felecia got the call seven years ago that their daughter, suffering from heroin addiction, was going to jail for drug possession, their struggles were twofold. They had a grieving 3-year-old granddaughter to raise and comfort. They were also grieving for their daughter and a new situation they hadn't planned on. But, with the help of the Children's Service Society of Utah, they didn't have to go through their struggles alone. Read the full story.
Let's Talk: True Story of Balto
Do you remember Balto, the famous sled dog? He led his team that joined 19 others during the Great Race of Mercy, a dog sled relay across Alaska in 1925 to deliver diphtheria antitoxin to save the children in Nome from the outbreak. Learn more about Balto.

His story is among the conversation starters in our Intergenerational Discussion Guide for our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  
campaign, which we expanded to Japan through a partnership with the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology. Beginning in the United States, through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer, the campaign expanded to two other countries in late 2016. Generations United is 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 

Earn CEUs at Generations Remixed

Attendees of the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference are eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for their participation in this professional development event through Pennsylvania State University.  Learn more
Culture United
"Lou is a super bright woman, but socially awkward - to the point of being neurotic. She's a woman who speaks her mind, which is not to everyone's taste. Led to believe that her maternal grandparents are long dead, she is shocked one day when she is told that her grandfather has just died and that her grandmother is still alive. This sets her off on a journey to a small village where she gets to know her mischievous grandmother Frida, a misplaced boy Tom and most importantly Henrik, who promptly falls head over heels in love with her. Lou's journey is not to change, but to learn to love and find a home in those that love her." -Icelandic Film Centre | Learn more

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. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Generation Connections
This week's cool idea is Generation Connections, a multidisciplinary club at Texas State University in which students, staff, faculty and campus groups learn about what it means to grow old and how to care for the aging population. 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
Seed Grants for Start-up of Dementia Day Programs. In October 2017, The Foundation will be awarding up to 15 seed grants for the development of dementia-specific Group Respite programs or specialized programs for people with Early Memory Loss (EML). The grants are $10,000 for the first year with an opportunity for a second tier grant of $5,000. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program.  The 2017 Mini-Grant Program will focus on funding the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation center services that will address services for the elder population and care issues. Mini-Grants of $12,000 for up to two years will be awarded to up to five organizations. Deadline: March 13, 2017. Learn more

Brookdale Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP). The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: June 15, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Building our Future: Supporting Community-Based Early Childhood Initiatives. This new report from Child Trends explores various types of initiatives and what is needed to sustain and spread early childhood initiatives in other communities. Community leaders can use the report to strengthen the early childhood systems in their communities.  Learn more

FosterPort: Resources for Transition Age Foster Youth.  As a part of its strategy to strengthen the systems, policies and programs that support this population, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is proud to support the creation of FosterPort┬«, an easily accessible, highly curated online database that identifies and presents leading national experts, and cutting-edge programs and resources to support TAY in foster care as well as their caretakers. Learn more

Supporting Youth in Foster Care: Research-Based Policy Recommendations for Executive and Legislative Officials in 2017. This policy brief from Child Trends lays out ways policymakers can support children in foster care and strengthen their families to create safe safe and healthy environments for youth to grow into successful and productive adults. 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

Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.   This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations. 
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 20-24, 2017. 
Dare to Dream at the 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Anaheim, CA. March 22-25, 2017. Learn more

CWLA 2017 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy:  Highlighting successful Strategies to Address the Needs of Children, Youth & Families.  Child Welfare League of America. March 29 - 31, 2017. Washington, DC.  Learn more

National Indian Child Welfare Association's 35th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. NICWA. April 2-5, 2017. San Diego, CA. 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
Generations Remixed Conference. 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

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
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." ~Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is tomorrow. He would've been 113!

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Alan King
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