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 Volume 11, Issue 42
October 19, 2016
Generations United in the News
  • The World Coalition on Adult Vaccination featured a piece by our friend, Jackie Kaufman, with Vaccine Ambassadors. Jackie highlighted Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations(#bandAGEofhonor). We launched this Pfizer-funded campaign in partnership with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of PediatricsRead Jackie's piece.
  • New York News Channel 11 reporter, Monica Morales, reported on a Bronx grandmother's challenges with raising her daughter's two children. In her story, Monica mentioned that she reached out to Generations United for resources. Read the story.
Intergenerational Program Survey
LeadingAge along with Generations United recently received a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to better understand how many housing providers are currently, or have recently, implemented intergenerational programs at their communities. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our Board members, Susan Dreyfus and Mary Anne Mason (who gave in honor of "Delphine Kathryn Brakke in remembrance of her dedicated service to the adoptive and foster families of Rock, Nobles and Pipestone Counties, Minnesota.") for their contributions. 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. 

Just Announced: Grandfamilies Forum at Generations Remixed

Need another reason to meet us in Milwaukee next June for Generations United's 19th Global Intergenerational Conference? We're thrilled to announce that we are now offering an additional pre-conference that will take a deeper dive into issues related to grandparents raising grandchildren. The half-day workshop will provide conference attendees with the latest updates in public policies affecting grandfamilies and learn about relevant evidence-based and promising programs across the country that are showing strong outcomes for children and caregivers in grandfamilies. Learn more about the Grandfamilies Forum and register today.

Call for Reviewers
Generations United is looking for reviewers for movies, books, and music with intergenerational themes. Reviews might be featured in Generations This Week and our  Together blog. Those interested  should fill out this questionnaire.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Dr. Benard P. Dreyer - FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics -  is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  
campaign. T he campaign  is a partnership of Generations United, 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
Culture United
Sharing Stories - An Intergenerational Film Project
Sharing Stories - An Intergenerational Film Project is a community documentary short produced in collaboration with Telegraph Hill Festival and with the support of the Goldsmiths Annual Fund. The purpose of the project was to bring together young and old volunteers for a conversation and record it on film using just a smartphone. The result is a collection of informal interviews through which memories are shared. Watch the short film

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
Low-Cost Intergenerational "Homestay" Option 
This week's cool idea comes from New York University's Affordability Steering Committee and Working Group. They're piloting a program to pair students with elders nearby who have a spare bedroom. 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
Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program. 
The Foundation's School Garden Grant Program provides support for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016. Learn more

Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Phase 1 - Nov. 3, 2016 | Phase 2 - Jan. 20, 2017.  Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation awards grants for advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance. 
Proposals are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. RRF has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Finding Funding for Arts Programming. Opening Minds through Arts. This webinar will teach you how to get funding to implement creative arts programming for all ages. Tues., Oct. 25 at 1pm EDT. Learn more

Busting the Apple Wide Open: The Naked Truth - Confronting Implicit Biases & Breaking Kinship Care Myths. A Second Chance, Inc. This webinar will share strategic insights to private and governmental providers of kinship care on how a values-driven culture is demonstrated in outcomes.  Thurs., Oct. 27 at 2pm EDT. Learn more

Research & Resources  

Children Placed in Foster Care Struggle With More Physical and Mental Health Issues. This study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children placed in foster care were five times more likely to have anxiety, six times more likely to have behavioral problems and seven times more likely to be depressed. Learn more


New Survey Finds Federal Reductions Drive Overall Decrease in Child Welfare Spending. This Child Trends report found that the federal government is investing less in child welfare services, while state governments are working to keep funding levels from falling further. Learn more


Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.  This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders on how to engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more

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 Toolkit . The video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video
National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning. The National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington. Seattle, WA. Oct. 24-26, 2016. Learn more

LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO. LeadingAge. Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 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. (Proposals for presentation due Oct. 31st.)  Learn more  
"Whether we're a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we're acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others." ~Fred Rogers

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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