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 Volume 12, Issue 12
March 22, 2017
Jaia Peterson Lent (right) with (l-r)  Dr. Megan L. Dolbin-MacNab (associate professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Human Development), Dr. Marvin Sirbu, Dr. Ann Sinsheimer, Bette Hoxie (executive director of Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine and the Kinship Program) and Dr. Sharon McDaniel (founder, president and CEO of A Second Chance, Inc.)
Generations United Testifying on Behalf of Grandfamilies
At yesterday's Senate Aging Committee hearing, "Grandparents to the Rescue: Raising Grandchildren in the Opioid Crisis and Beyond," our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent provided a national overview on the issue and the protective role grandparents play. She said, "A young person may age out of a system; they never age out of a family." (See hearing highlights.) Watch the recording.
MaryLee Allen to be Honored with a Leadership Prize
We're thrilled to share the news that our Board member, MaryLee Allen, who is director of policy at the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), will receive the Juvenile Law Center's Child Welfare Leadership Prize! Throughout her tenure at CDF, MaryLee played a leadership role in the development, passage and implementation of major child welfare and children's mental health reforms. Learn more about MaryLee and the other honorees
New issue of GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy
Vol. 4 of GrandFamilies is out! This special issue, guest edited by Drs. Bert Hayslip Jr. and Carol Musil, features articles on grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, intergenerational caregiving by Lakota elders and caregiving among Jamaican grandparents in community settings. Learn more
Let's Get #AgeAmped!

Generations Remixed, the 19th  Global Intergenerational Conference taking place this June, will convene hundreds of professionals from around the world to exchange information, ideas, and resources for strengthening connections across generations. Want to catch a glimpse of some of the amazing networking and educational opportunities headlining Generations Remixed?  Check out our preliminary program of events.
Infographic on the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This infographic is part of Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations, an awareness-raising campaign we launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. See the full infographic.

Generations United is now 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  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Don't miss our emcee, the award-winning, nationally-syndicated Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary! Register today You can also visit our Facebook event. S hare it on your page and invite your friends. (See instructions. )
Culture United
Julie's Greenroom
This 13-episode children's series stars " Julie Andrews, who also it the show's executive producer along with her daughter, children's book author Emma Walton Hamilton. On the show, Andrews presides over a quintet of youngsters, whom she call 'Greenies,' who are getting their first chance at putting on a play in a real theater." -NPR | 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.
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!
Cool Ideas
The Intergenerational School Breakfast Program
For National Nutrition Month, this week's cool idea is The Intergenerational School Breakfast Program (ISBP) in New Jersey, which pairs adult volunteers with young children, pre-kindergarten through the third grade, during the school breakfast program. 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
Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals. SAMHSA is seeking applications for up to $47.5 million in grants to help youth and families experiencing homelessness. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 24 grantees for up to $400,000 per year for up to five years. Deadline: April 25, 2017.  Learn more

Grant for Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults. AARP Foundation is offering $50,000-$300,000 grants to eligible organizations that produce evidence-based solutions that help the Foundation with their mission. AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income and vulnerable older adults have nutritious food, affordable, livable and healthy housing, a steady income and strong and sustaining social bonds. Pre-Application Deadline: April 7, 2017. Application Deadline: May 19, 2017. Learn more

2017 Mental Toughness II RFI. With the generous support of the Gap Foundation, YouthBuild USA constructed their own framework to help students transition from YouthBuild into successful college, career and community leadership pathways. YouthBuild USA (along with Mockingbird Education, the Academy for College Excellence, the VOICES student leadership council, and leading YouthBuild program practitioners) came together to complete the curriculum framework for Mental Toughness II (MT II). ( See content overview.) All YouthBuild programs are invited to apply. Deadline: March 31, 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  
The Milken Institute's 2017 "Best Cities for Successful Aging" Rankings. The Milken Institute's third edition of its "Best Cities for Successful Aging" report and index evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well they serve the needs of the nation's growing population of mature adults. Learn more

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. 

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 ToolkitThe video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video
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
2017 Global Intergenerational Conference - Generations Remixed. 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

The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. IAGG and The Gerontological Society of America. San Francisco, CA. July 23-27, 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
News Item
Award-winning, nationally-syndicated Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary on how Medicaid helped her as a child, and how it's important to her family now. Read her column
"The future of today's young is the last report card for today's old. Our fates are shared, even if we don't look alike. That's not just my opinion. In this great, big, mixed-up country of ours, it's what most Americans think." ~Paul Taylor, author of "The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown."

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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