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 Volume 11, Issue 25
June 22, 2016
Generations United in the News
  • In her piece for Next Avenue, Donna Butts urged grandparents to get vaccinated to help ensure the health of their grandchildren and other youth. Learn more 
  • The Business of Giving with Denver Frederick aired its segment with Donna Butts, who discussed Generations United's soon-to-be-released signature report on grandfamilies and the opioid crisis, our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations campaign and other initiatives. Listen to the recording.
A Victory for Grandfamilies

Generations United applauds the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act 

in the House of Representatives last night! This act includes multiple provisions to support grandfamilies including services to prevent children from entering foster care. The bill next moves to the Senate for consideration. Call your Senators to voice your support (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121)Also, we urge organizations to sign onto the Children's Defense Fund sign-on letter in support of the bill. To sign your organization on, email Stefanie Sprow by COB Friday, June 24.

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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation,  is part of our 
Valuing Vaccinations Across  Generations   campaign which we launched  in partnership with the  Gerontological Society of America  and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer Check out additional memes and share them. Follow #bandAGEofhonor and learn more about our campaign
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, Virginia Tech Adult Day Services, for their contribution. We also thank Donna Butts and Bill Libro for their donation (in celebration of the wedding of Mark Menezes and Yun-Hyang Lee) . You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations! Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Groundbreaking on Grandparent Apartments in D.C.
We're thrilled about the groundbreaking earlier this week and that our member, PSS/WSF Grandfamily Apartments, is the inspiration behind the grandfamily apartments coming to D.C. According to the Washington City Paper, the Plaza West apartments " will contain 50 units devoted to 'grandfamilies.'"  Learn more
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NICWA to Host Webinar on ICWA Regulations
Join the National Indian Child Welfare Association tomorrow, June 23, at 3:30 p.m. EST (12:30 p.m. PST)
for an informational webinar on the newly announced Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) regulations. Learn more and sign up now!
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Generations Remixed
Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care are turning up the volume on intergenerational efforts worldwide! Join us at Generations Remixed, June 13-17, 2017, in Milwaukee, WI, for a  one-of-a-kind international conference for a unique opportunity to learn, network and share innovative practices and programs in the intergenerational field. Learn more
Filmmaker Launches Fundraiser to Complete an Intergenerational Film
Our friend and filmmaker, Evan Briggs, launched an Indiegogo campaign with two ways to support her film, Present Perfect, a documentary on the benefits of intergenerational connections. The film is currently in the early rough cut stage. All proceeds will go to refining and completing the film. Donate to the $10 campaign or pre-purchase a digital copy of the film for $25. Learn more
Apply By June 30! Be Recognized as a Program of Distinction
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 . Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 

If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please  email Alan King . If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today.  Learn more here .
Culture United
Joy tells the story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who starts a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and enterprise. Allies, both inside and outside the family, become adversaries and vice versa as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.
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
JCA Heyman Interages Center
Since 1986, the JCA Heyman Interages┬« Center, a Generations United Program of Distinction, has connected thousands of children from hundreds of schools and hundreds of isolated older adults from senior facilities through intergenerational programs. Read the full profile
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
KaBOOM! Let's Play Community Construction Grants
Dr. Pepper, Snapple and KaBOOM! teamed up to offer $15,000 grants for the purchase of playground equipment. Grantees will lead their community through a self-guided planning process, using the $15,000 grant towards the total cost of playground equipment and assembling the playground using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Deadline: July 1, 2016. Learn more

Policy and Advocacy Grant. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is offering grants to aid communities expanding access to programs and services for all ages and include system change/improvement. Community/civic engagement must involve diverse stakeholders mobilizing and affecting change.  LOI Deadline: July 20, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
Together Old & Young. This triannual newsletter from the International Child Development Initiatives (iCDi) is another resource for news, publications and upcoming events from the world of intergenerational learning. Read their current issue.

Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide.
This Generations United guide includes information on recommended vaccinations across the lifespan, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussion around
 vaccinations. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.
This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 2016.  Learn more

Elevate Respite! 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference. ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Denver, CO. Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 2016.  Learn more

Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
" You must always have old memories and young hopes.~
Arsene Houssaye

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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