May 23, 2019      Volume 4, Issue 11
Message From the CEO
Four years ago, Mohammed AL Samawi was hoping to survive. One more hour, one more day, for a future. He was caught up in the war that was breaking out in his native Yemen. It is a war of competing interests, internal to Yemen and controlled by global powers that operate at a level divorced from the human lives they affect. Mohammed was trapped—he was in immediate danger, a direct recipient of death threats and exposed to the random and persistent acts of violence around him. Mohammed was desperate for a way out.
Mohammed posted a plea for assistance on social media. People he barely knew, and ultimately many he did not know at all, answered the call. In a few weeks, with lots of false starts and dead ends among the unfolding events, Mohammed was literally saved by his new global family. These were not seasoned intelligence operatives, they were young adults who believed in the value of each and every human life, who know what it means to act on their passions, and had the will to devote their time, energy, and resources to save the life of a virtual stranger.
This is Mohammed's story. It is the story of four virtual "strangers" who built a team with a single purpose and a drive for success. It is the story of dozens of others across the globe who were willing to say "yes" when they were asked to commit. It is the story of the power of networks and social media and the underlying current of justice that connects us all. It is the story of Mohammed's book, The Fox Hunt. Join us on June 11 at our Annual Convening to meet Mohammed and hear his story, as we, too, connect in support of a more just world.
"We all have our own stories, but if we can start to connect – online and in real life – we can start to see just how similar they are. And then, I pray, we will be able to treat one another as brothers and sisters.”  Mohammed AL Samawi, The Fox Hunt
Lee Sherman, President & CEO
Of Note...
New Intergenerational Toolkit
Generations United and LeadingAge LTSSCenter @UMass Boston recently released Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit. This comprehensive resource provides step-by-step guidance for creating intergenerational programs that can be tailored to the needs of youth and older adult participants. Building on findings of an earlier report, “From Promise to Practice: Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing,” and research snapshot, the toolkit contains practical information and templates to help housing providers and leaders at other organizations to plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain intergenerational programs. Benefits of participation in well-designed intergenerational programs and fostering cross-age relationships, research shows, include a decrease in social isolation among older adults and increased feelings of belonging, self-esteem, and well-being. For young people, intergenerational interaction can help to improve behavior and academic performance while increasing self-esteem and empathy.
Registration for Recruitment and Retention Certificate Now Open
National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) released an exciting new webinar-delivered training to help address one of the most common pain points for fatherhood programs and other father-serving efforts: recruiting and retaining dads. You can obtain this certificate by participating in a live, limited-seating webinar. You'll be able to interact in real time with NFI staff who'll draw on their 25 years of experience helping organizations recruit and retain dads. You'll also interact and learn from other participants who'll undoubtedly share their strategies and tactics for recruitment and retention--the kind of interaction you can only get in a live training. This webinar will help you develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to help your organization, or any other, recruit and retain dads. You'll also receive access to a new, exclusive online tool for use in creating a recruitment and retention plan. This tool will be available only to webinar participants. Learn more and register.
Opportunities and Resources
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We’re always excited to share some great reframing in action. In last week's issue of the Reframing Network Newsletter, the team checked back in with our friends at Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana (VOA), who started reframing after attending a National Reframing Initiative workshop at the Volunteers of America National Conference in 2016. Most recently, the organization incorporated the Building Well-Being Narrative into its inaugural Power of Hope fundraising event on May 1, 2019 in Sandusky, Ohio to raise funds for programs for veterans, families, and individuals who are homeless, those who are in recovery, and those with mental health conditions. Read more about how they are integrating reframing into every part of their communications.
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