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 Volume 12, Issue 31
August 2, 2017
Register Today for Generations United's 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event
Join us on  Wed., Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room G-11) when we release Generations United's 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report and present the Grandfamilies Champion Award. This year's report will focus on the critical role of grandparents and other relatives in providing safe, nurturing and stable homes for children who have experienced trauma.  Register today!
Generations United in the News
Generations United at UN Headquarters
Missed yesterday's Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Headquarters in New York? Check out these highlights, which include Donna Butts addressing the  Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). She helped raise awareness of the high value that young and older persons can bring to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. See highlights
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 !
Health Care Update
Last week, after supporting a motion to proceed on health care legislation, the U.S. Senate was unable to get the votes to pass either the Better Health Care Reconciliation Act, or a "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.  Defeating these efforts marks a significant win for children, youth and older adults as they would have put Medicaid at risk and led to loss of health care coverage for millions of Americans. This victory came ahead of Medicaid's Birthday, which was Sunday.  Thanks to all who contacted your legislators. Stay tuned for future updates on health care reform efforts.  
Johnny Prill introducing the "Ho Ho" song with his grandchildren.
Grandparents Day Stories
A Tribute to My Grandparents 
Johnny Prill, a Generations United Grand Partner for for Grandparents Day, is best known for his song, "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa," which many have considered to be the official Grandparents Day anthem. In his Grandparents Day story, he shares the inspiration behind that song along with the values and lessons his grandparents passed on to him. Read Johnny's story

In honor of Grandparents Day (Sept. 10th), Generations United is collecting stories to possibly feature on our Together Blog. Share your story about a memorable moment with a grandparent or grandfriend. See our submission guidelines
Call for Papers - GrandFamilies Journal 
The editors of  GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging practice methodologies, program evaluation and policy perspectives related to grandparent-headed families.  Learn more 
Conference Request for Partners 
Bring the intergenerational field to your backyard
Generations United is looking for potential partner(s) to co-convene the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference in 2019. Letters of Interest should be submitted by Fri., September 15, 2017. Learn more
Cool Ideas
Project Transformation
This week's cool idea is Project Transformation, a faith-based intergenerational collaboration that involves 34 college interns living at an Assisted Living facility in Texas throughout the summer. The college students run literacy camps for children in the surrounding neighborhoods. In the evenings, the interns spend time, playing bingo and other activities, with the residents of Morningside Ministries. 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.
Culture United
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
In eighteenth century Ghana, two half sisters were born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.  Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi's extraordinary novel illuminates slavery's troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed-and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation. 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.
#BandAGEofHonor Campaign
This meme of actress Keri Russell (who's best known for her title role in the TV series, Felicity) is  part of  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign that promotes vaccines for all ages. In the United States, the campaign started in partnerships between Generations United, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. See more memes .

Generations United is expanding its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Disney Be Inspired Grant. Disney is awarding $500 to kids implementing service projects in the fall in partnership with nonprofit organizations. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017. Learn more

Evidence2Success Grant. The Annie E. Casey Foundation invites proposals from localities interested in becoming new Evidence2Success communities. The grant i nvolves communities in assessing social problems and improving the well-being of their children. The Foundation plans to select one to three new communities that will implement the Evidence2Success framework, beginning in spring 2018. Applications are due August 4, 2017, by 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together. The new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live. Learn more
2017 GrandFacts Sheets. This resource from Generations United and our national advocacy partners is an important starting place for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The GrandFacts Sheets provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. Learn more
2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 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
"Government should be like a second set of parents, but the United Nations should be like your grandparents." ~Binalakshmi Nepram (humanitarian, author and activist) speaking at UN headquarters in New York during yesterday's Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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