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 Volume 11, Issue 12
March 23, 2016
Generations United in the News!
In an interview with Vaccines Today, Donna Butts  explained how Generations United is working through its #BandAGEofhonor campaign to inspire conversations about life-course vaccination among people of all ages. Read the interview.
Generations United's 30th Anniversary and 5th Annual Best Intergenerational Community Awards
We're thrilled that Marian Wright Edelman (Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund) and Jim Firman (President and CEO, National Council on Aging), two of our founding organizations' leaders, will help us kick off our 30th anniversary on April 19, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Washington, DC! The event, which will honor this year's MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities, will also feature remarks from Dennis White (President and CEO, MetLife Foundation). Learn more, then register today!
Introducing...City of Milwaukee, WI!
We announced our 2016 Best Intergenerational Communities Award winners and national finalist. Now, it's time to introduce them. First up is City of Milwaukee, WI.  

In the early 80s, a 3-year-old girl named Katie helped her community shift towards being intergenerational. Consequently, City of Milwaukee is now home to a host of intergenerational programs, including two Generations United Programs of Distinction: St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care and TimeSlips Creative StorytellingRead the full profile
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NCOA Turns 65!
It's an honor to know that the National Council on Aging listed co-founding Generations United 30 years ago among their " Greatest Hits"! Learn more
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Meme Shows the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Actress/Director Sarah Michelle Gellar  is part of our  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign ( #BandAGEofhonor ), which we launched in partnership with the  Gerontological Society of America  and American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer . Check out additional memes, share them, then learn more about our campaign
Join Us in Milwaukee on June 13-17, 2017
Attend the Global Intergenerational Conference, June 13-17, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI. This one-of-a-kind 19th biennial conference provides an opportunity for all ages and abilities from all over the world to learn, network and share innovative practices and programs in the intergenerational field.

Stay tuned to Generations This Week and the conference website  for updates including call for proposals and registration details. Please contact Emily Patrick or Cathy Feldkamp if you are interested in serving on the planning committee.
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Opening Minds through Art Facilitator Training
Want to lead an evidence-based intergenerational art program for people with dementia? Opening Minds through Art
, a Generations United Program of Distinction, is offering training. Over four days, OMA will teach participants how to replicate OMA's program at their own sites. During the session, attendees will conduct an OMA session. They will also reflect on their leadership experience and receive feedback from OMA staff.  Learn more 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.
Culture United
Mr. Jordan in the Park by Laura Coats
"Mr. Jordan visits the park as an infant,a child, a young suitor, a husband and father and as an old man. The park has something special to offer in each phase of his life and he passes on the love he has for the park - his favorite place - to the following generations." -L. G. Cameron

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
Finding Your P.L.A.C.E.
This week's cool idea is Finding Your P.L.A.C.E., an intergenerational program in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Wood County Committee on Aging, Bowling Green State University gerontology students and Montessori School of Bowling Green students for intergenerational activities that help older adults living with cognitive impairments.

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 Finding Your P.L.A.C.E. .
Internship Opportunities                
Join our Team as a Summer Intern
Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for summer internships in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network.  See additional details and qualifications If you are passionate about building a better world for people of all ages, contact Adam Otto at  or 202-777-0117 by March 31.

Summer Teen Internship Program 2016
Generations United member,  DOROT, has a Summer Teen Internship Program, which offers two four-week sessions for high school students to be of service to older adults. Eligible applicants are students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors. Through a competitive process, they choose up to 18 interns for each session.  Deadline: May 13, 2016  Learn more
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Responsive Grant. The Retirement Research Foundation provides grants of $35,000-$200,000 for projects that help older Americans. U.S. organizations may  submit  applications with a national focus. The following categories are  advocacy, training, and research projects. The Foundation will consider applications with a local focus from organizations in seven states. Those states are   Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin or Florida.   Deadline: May 2, 2016. Learn more

EPA Environmental Education Grants. The EPA will  give   grants nationwide to  projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Each of the 30 grants has a maximum award of $91,000. Deadline: April 8, 2016.  Learn more

Innovations in American Government Awards.  Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is offering the $100,000  Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government , a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation.  Deadline: April 15, 2016.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources
The Red Book - A Guide to Work Incentives.  The Social Security Administration outlines employment supports for older and younger workers.  The guide explains how working can affect benefits. It also shows where workers can find local services and more. 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. 

State of Grandfamilies in America: 2015.  In this  second edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report , Generations United identified key state laws and policies specifically designed to address barriers and better support the diverse and unique population of grandparents and other relatives raising children. 
Educate. Ignite. Transform.  National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2016.   Learn more  

Coming Together: Building the Path, Shining the Light.  Lutheran Services in America.  Minneapolis, MN. Apr. 25-28, 2016.  Learn more

The 8th Eden Alternative International Conference. The Eden Alternative. Little Rock, AK. May 3-5, 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
"The women of today are the thoughts of their mothers and grandmothers, embodied, and made alive.  They are active, capable, determined and bound to win.  They have one thousand generations back of them . . . Millions of women, dead and gone are speaking through us today." 
~Matilda Joslyn Gage, National Citizen and Ballot Box (1889)

Happy Women's History Month!

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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