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 Volume 13, Issue 4
January 24, 2018
Portland, here we come! Generations United's 20th Global Intergenerational Conference
We are thrilled to announce that we are teaming up with the great team at Bridge Meadows to co-host the next biennial intergenerational conference. 

Plans are underway to bring the conference to Portland, Oregon in summer 2019. As the premier conference for professionals to learn, network and share innovative practices and programs in the intergenerational field, this is one opportunity you don't want to miss!

Stay tuned for more information, including dates, call for proposals, and registration details. Contact Emily Patrick or Lisa Steenson if you are interested in joining a planning committee.
Webinar: Engaging Older Adults: Learn How the New Resource Center Can Help Combat Social Isolation
Join Generations United, the National Center for Creative Aging and other partners tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST to learn about new strategies your agency can use to engage older adults, learn about new resources that can help your engagement efforts and discuss social engagement opportunities and challenges in your community. Learn more and register.
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.  
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!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization,  join us !
Photo Contest 
Meet Our Third Place Winner! 
Boat-building team leader, John, planes the vessel's top, working alongside Youth Conservation Corps member, Anna. When they are satisfied the perimeter trim is absolutely smooth and level, the board's top will be epoxied on.  See the other winners .     
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
CHIP Funding Brings Relief to Millions of Families
We thank Congress for passing six years of the Children's Health INsurance Program (CHIP) funding to protect the health of babies and toddlers, while providing relief to families. The program also contributes to healthy communities by covering immunizations that protect the health of all ages. Read Donna's blog to learn more about the importance of supporting healthy communities for all ages. Visit to learn more about the value of vaccines for all ages. 
Cool Ideas
1,000 Grandmothers Project
This week's cool idea is the 1,000 Grandmothers Project.  This project from the International Association for Indigenous Aging engages Native elders (grandparents and specifically grandmothers) in reducing the rate of SUIDs by educating and mentoring young Native parents or future parents about safe sleep practices for infants during traditional activities. 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 Florida Project
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at "The Magic Castle," a budget hotel managed by Bobby, an older adult whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and energetic Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life. Her endless afternoons overflow with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the unique world into which they've been thrown. 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.
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.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program.  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its partners will award $2 million in grants nationwide. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations.  Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018.  Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
The State of America's Children 2017 Report. This new report from Children's Defense Fund provides a comprehensive look at the status of America's children in 11 areas. The report, factsheets and key facts can help older adults make the case for policies, programs and strategies for improving the odds for children. 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.
"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." ~Ursula Le Guin (Oct. 21, 1929 - Jan. 22, 2018). She was a novelist, working mainly in the fantasy and science fiction genres.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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