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 Volume 11, Issue 6
February 10, 2016
Generations United's 19th Biennial International Conference  in Milwaukee! 
Plans are in motion to bring Generations United's 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference to Milwaukee, WI, in Spring/Summer 2017! We are thrilled to be co-hosting our 19th biennial conference with St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Check out the conference website for updates and stay tuned for additional details in Generations This Week.
The 2015 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence to be Awarded Today!
We're still celebrating the news! What an honor! Donna Butts receives The 2015 Eisner Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Intergenerational Advocacy today at the National Conference in San Francisco.  Follow  #EisnerPrize15   and  #Encore16 for updates! Thank you to all who celebrated with us through your praises and congratulations.
Intergenerational Programs and Issues Peer Group
Attend this forum at the American Society on Aging's Aging in America 2016 Conference on Sun., March 20 that Generations United's Emily Patrick is co-facilitating with our colleague, Maureen Statland! The hour-long forum, which starts at 6:45pm, includes benefits such as networking, program collaboration, advocacy and research in the intergenerational field. Discuss and share ideas on how to develop and maintain intergenerational programs and build age-friendly communities. Participants will share their work and interests in this area to encourage collaboration and shared knowledge. Learn more
Rising ballet star, Misty Copeland (right), with the legendary Raven Wilkinson  
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Breaking Barriers on Stage: African American Ballet Dancers who Made History
In honor of Black History Month, we share Nelson George's documentary, A Ballerina's Tale, which highlights how older African-American dancers paved the way for future generations. "These dancers are all connected, each of them in their own time chipping away at the alabaster mold that had been preserved at the pinnacle of classical dance by racist standards of beauty," according to Misty Copeland, 33, confides in Raven Wilkinson, 81, that her quest for excellence transcends artistic achievement. "The first time I saw you was in the Ballet Russe film, I cried my eyes out, because I didn't even know a black ballerina of your level existed," Copeland said. "And so that was kind of the start of this mission I had, to learn more about black ballerinas, to try and educate other people about who you are." Learn more

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
Brooklyn Public Library's Intergenerational African-American Quilting Workshop
Also for Black History Month, This week's cool idea is the Brooklyn Public Library's intergenerational African-American quilting workshop, which honors the historical significance of quilting in the days before the Civil War.

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 All Together Now .
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.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
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

Veteran Housing Grant.   The Home Depot Foundation's Veteran Housing Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the development and repair of veterans housing. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000.  Deadline: Feb. 24, 2016.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Guiding Principles for the Sustainability for the Age-Friendly Community Efforts. This resource, a publication of Grantmakers in Aging that also includes examples from our  Best Intergenerational Communitiesis the result of  key informant interviews, focus groups, and a two-day leadership summit held in September 2015 in Washington, DC. The distilled information explores a variety of issues related to the age-friendly movement concept and to its sustainability. Learn more

Prevention & Healthy Ageing: The Role of Adult Vaccination as Part of Healthy Ageing. Vaccinations are a concern for all ages. This guide from Pfizer encourages young and old to be proactive and turn their health challenges into opportunities. Learn more

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. 

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
Citi Community Development commissioned this report by Generations United and CFED , which  highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Save the Date: Child Welfare Peer Kinship Network Webinar - Models of Training for Kinship Caregivers. Child Focus.  Thurs., Feb. 26, 3-4 PM EST. Learn more

Aging in America.  American Society on Aging.  Washington, DC. Mar. 21-24, 2016.   Learn more

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
In the News
Two bills in the Georgia legislature would support grandfamilies, according to a story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. One bill would give relative caregivers an extension on providing documentation to enroll a child in school. Another would make it easier for kinship carers to get medical care for the child in their custody. Read the article | See the House Study Committee's Report on Kinship Care.
" We're all teachers and we're all students. Life is school and you gotta show up!" ~Kid Presidentan initiative that believes kids have voices worth listening to.

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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