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 Volume 10, Issue 40
October 7, 2015
The Pope's Call Across the Generations
Pope Francis' visit to America last month inspired hope. In their new Huffington Post blog, Joan Lombardi and Donna Butts noted that the Pope's presence also awakened the social responsibility of every elder to rebuild the American dream and assure every child has a strong beginning. Read the full blog.
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Nominations Now Open for the 2015 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence!
The Eisner Foundation is accepting nominations for an individual or a nonprofit organization that is uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their community. This year also marks 5th anniversary of the Eisner Prize. The Foundation will select two winners and award each $100,000!  Nominations  must be received on or before Oct. 31, 2015. Learn more
Best Intergenerational Communities Awards! - Deadline: Jan. 15
There's no place like home - especially if you live in a community that offers opportunities for every generation. Sound like your community? Then apply today for the  2016 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Generations United. No community's too big or too small.  Learn more, then download the application. Check out our Social Media Toolkit to help us spread the word with sample Facebook posts, tweets, and newsletter articles. We've also included logos you can use if you wish.
Advocates for Families First Messaging Toolkit
One of the most important and most difficult jobs for kinship, foster, and adoptive advocates is getting the larger community to understand and support the needs of children and families. Advocate for Families First - a partnership between Generations United, North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) and National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) - created the Messaging Toolkit to assist our colleagues in their advocacy efforts. Learn more
New Co-Presenters for Intergenerational Solutions for Building Stronger Communities Webinar - Next Week!
Cathy Choi ( Eisner Foundation) and Ellen Schmeding ( San Diego County) join Donna Butts as co-presenters for the Intergenerational Solutions for Building Stronger Communities Webinar on  Weds., Oct. 14, 2-3pm EDT. Moderated by John Feather (Grantmakers in Aging), this webinar (part of the Conversations with GIA series) will demonstrate how intentional, intergenerational solutions can improve outcomes for children, youth, and older adults and transform communities.  Learn more
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The Value of Vaccines in Disease Prevention
Vaccinations are an essential tool for all ages to fight against infectious disease. The Value of Vaccines in Disease Prevention by Pfizer is a collection of fact sheets and infographics on the societal health and economic impacts of vaccines. Learn more
Generations United's 2017 International Conference: Request for Partners
Want to bring the Generations United Conference to your own backyard? We are looking for potential partners to co-convene the 19th Biennial International Intergenerational Conference in 2017. Work with our team to create an interactive, informative, and cultural learning experience for the growing intergenerational network. Letters of Interest should be submitted by Oct. 30, 2015. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters.  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.
Research Brief: Out-of-Home Placement Patterns of American Indian Children
Casey Family Programsin partnership with the Oregon Social Learning Center and the Rady Children's Hospital, developed Placement Patterns for American Indian Children Involved with Child Welfare. The research brief examines the extent to which placement patterns of American Indian children are aligned with the placement preference provisions outlined in the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which better ensures American Indian children involved with the child welfare system are placed with relatives. Learn more
Opening for an Intergenerational Leadership Position!  is seeking a  Vice President, Encores for Youth (E4Y) Campaign. The successful candidate will lead an effort to mobilize millions of Americans over 50 in the service of vulnerable children and youth - and help combat inequality in the next generation.  See full job posting .
Opening for an Intergenerational Position in Sudbury, Massachusetts
Culture United
The Intern
Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you're already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-worker s, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker's charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.

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
The Friendship Center
This week's cool idea is the Friendship Center - an intergenerational child care facility in Hackettstown, New Jersey, that incorporates older adults from Heath Village (the adjacent retirement community) into its child care programs. 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 the Friendship Center .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Social Innovation Fund Grant. AARP Foundation - which received $3 million in investments over three years from the Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) to help grow Experience Corps - will use a competitive grant program to identify seven sites with high proportions of students who are struggling to read, representing 28 schools and 4,000 children. Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: Oct. 21, 2015 | Application Deadline: Nov. 17, 2015.  Learn more

Aging in Place Programs Funded. The Griswold Cares Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the country that enhance the quality of life for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities who choose to age in place. Deadline: Oct. 12, 2015. Learn more

Isolation Impact Area Grant.  AARP Foundation is seeking innovative and evidence- or outcomes-based solutions at the community or societal level that catalyze meaningful connections and interventions to reduce negative health outcomes among all ages. Required Letter of Inquiry Deadline: Oct. 26, 2015. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. This report by Generations United and CFED, supported by Citi, highlights opportunities to support grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more

GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy. The new edition of the only journal dedicated to grandfamilies is out, and includes a policy update from our Special Advisor Ana Beltran! Learn more

New Kinship Treatment Foster Care Initiative Toolkit. This toolkit, produced by the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA) and funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is based on summits across the country that explored the unique barriers and opportunities to implementing kinship treatment foster care in their jurisdictions and identified next steps to targeting children and families who might benefit from the approach. Learn more
Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support. California Network of Family Strengthening. San Francisco. October 19-20, 2015. Learn more

2015 GIA Annual Conference. Grantmakers in Aging. Washington, DC.  October 28-30, 2015.  Learn more  
LeadingAge HackFest. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015. Learn more 
LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Nov. 1-4, 2015. Learn more

International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more
"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who turned 84 today!

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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