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 Volume 13, Issue 5
January 31, 2018
Donna Butts Delivering Keynote at the Seniors' Agenda Network Summit
The summit brings together nearly 200 professional, aging advocates and elected officials to actively engage in meaningful learning to strengthen communities for older adults. Today, Donna Butts will be speaking on "Young and Old Together: Intergenerational Projects and Policies." Learn more about Seniors' Agenda Network Summit.
Registration Now Open for an Online Certificate Program in Grandfamilies Leadership
This course, offered by the University of Maine Center on Aging, provides core education, technical support and leadership development for professionals delivering grandfamily and kinship programming across the country. Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new member, ONEgeneration, for their contribution. 
Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization,  join us!
Cool Ideas
Community Godmothers
This week's cool idea is Community Godmothers. The godmothers, "madrinas," reach out to new mothers, offer breastfeeding information and classes, make home visits and provide emotional support. Most importantly, they do all this in Spanish, so they are able to reach many Latina mothers for whom Spanish is their first language. But this program is not just for moms, it educates dads and grandparents too about breastfeeding and how everyone can play a role in supporting mothers and babies. 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
The Witches
The Grand High Witch of all the World has gathered together the witches of Inkland for an annual conference at the Hotel Magnificent in Bournemouth. Their agenda is the elimination of all the children in the country and the prospects for their young victims look bleak. But the Grand High Witch and her cronies didn't take into account the spark and ingenuity of a young guest at the hotel and his rather brilliant grandmother. 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.
Interns Wanted!
Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for internships beginning 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.  Stipends available. Deadline to apply is March 16, 2018.  Learn more
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The Purpose Challenge Essay Contest.  The Purpose Challenge toolkit helps high school seniors explore and identify their purpose - infusing what they learn about themselves into their 2017-2018 college applications. They can enter that essay in a contest; six students will win prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Learn more.

2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award. Nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize, which will present $50,000 to five extraordinary individuals -- ages 50 and older -- who are using their life experience to make a better future for all ages. In addition to the cash prizes, one of the five winners will be awarded the Andrus Award for Intergenerational Excellence, named for AARP's founder. Deadline: March 6, 2018. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America. This new report from the Alliance for Strong Communities and Families and the American Public Human Services Association calls attention to the need to preserve and strengthen human services community-based organizations that build foundational supports that contribute to the health and wellbeing of all ages. Learn more.

Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice. This report describes findings from a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming in senior housing that was conducted by Generations United and LeadingAge, with support from the Retirement Research Foundation. Learn more.

GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research Practice and Policy. This issue includes a policy brief from Ana Beltran , special advisor to Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies. Ana's brief highlights Generations United's GrAND Voices members. Read the new issue .

I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together.  The latest 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 .
29th Annual National Service-Learning Conference: Justice in Action.  National Youth Leadership Council. St. Paul, MN. March 11-13, 2018. Learn more

2018 Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging.  San Francisco, CA. March 26-29, 2018. Learn more.

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more.
"I think of my life as a unity of circles. ...Sometimes the connections don't happen for years. But when they do, I marvel. As in a shimmering kaleidoscope, familiar patterns keep unfolding." ~Dr. Dorothy Height (see the meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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