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The Significance of an Intergenerational Conference Convening in Hawai'i
2014 Eisner Prize Winners
New Webinar on State Educational and Health Care Consent Laws for "Grandfamilies"
Generations United at the United Nations Headquarter in New York City
Retired Rev. Wins LeadingAge Award for Intergenerational Community Activism
New Initiative Mobilizes Women to Advocate for Income Equality, Retirement Security and Health Care Equity
Multigenerational Housing in an Expensive Locale Part 2 - Solutions
Generations of Us - Cool Ideas
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 41
October 15, 2014
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The Significance of an Intergenerational Conference Convening in Hawaii

Having Generations United's 2015 conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, in Hawai'i is special for many reasons. According to ASN Consulting Services' Audrey Suga-Nakagawa, who is helping to plan the conference, chief among those special reasons are the island's respect and reverence for its kupuna - an honored elder, grandparent or older person whose acquired life experiences makes them a family and community leader. Read Suga-Nakagawa's guest post on our Together blog, then check out the conference's scheduled events, a call for proposals, culture-based and environmental action projects and more

2014 Eisner Prize Winners 
Congrats to our friends, Bridge Meadows and The Intergenerational School, on winning the 2014 Eisner Prize! Starting today, we'll profile each organization. First up, is Bridge Meadows. A unique multi-generational community (located in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland, OR), Bridge Meadows is a place where adoptive parents, foster children, and low-income elders - those over 55 - find a true home built with love and the shared vision of a better tomorrow. Children move from the instability of foster care placements to permanent homes and families. Adoptive families receive essential resources and guidance, and low-income elders find purpose as they volunteer 100 hours/quarter in service to the community. These services are why The Eisner Foundation recognized Bridge Meadows for the "Innovation in Intergenerational Solutions" category. Learn more about Bridge Meadows. Stay tuned next week when we profile The Intergenerational School

New Webinar Explores Educational and Health Care Consent Laws for "Grandfamilies"

Generations United, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, invites you and other policymakers and advocates from your region to join us for a webinar to explore educational and health care consent laws for "grandfamilies" (families in which children are raised by grandparents, other extended family members or close family friends). This webinar will equip you with concrete tools to enact your own educational and health care consent laws or to amend your existing laws so they're more responsive. The webinars are divided into four regions and will take place on Oct. 21 - 22. Click here to register and get the start time for your region. 

Donna with Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson, Ph.D. (left), and Kristin Bodiford, Ph.D. Click here to view enlarged image.

Generations United at United Nation's Headquarters in New York

Last week, Donna Butts and our United Nations reps. - Kristin Bodiford, Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson and Kevin Brabazon - celebrated the UN's International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) at UN Headquarters. The commemoration on Thursday, which Susanne helped plan, kicked off with the theme "Leaving No One Behind." Donna and Kristin live tweeted to #UNIDOP. Here are some highlights: "How can we make sure the voices of older persons are included in post-2015 development agenda?" and "El Salvador intergenerational & intercultural process bottom up so civil society is effective & ends exclusion & invisibility #UNIDOP". Read these and more here

Retired Rev. Wins LeadingAge Award for Intergenerational Community Activism 
Rev. Hal Garman, recipient of LeadgingAge's Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award for his work in connecting all ages, is a resident of Montgomery County, a past winner of our Best Intergenerational Communities Award. "With the intergenerational relationship we provide with our seniors, we get a chance to demonstrate that we aren't just sitting around, but that we're working and getting out to meet the people in the neighborhood," Garman told the Gazette, "but that we're working and getting out to meet the people in the neighborhood."

New Initiative Mobilizes Women to Advocate for Income Equality, Retirement Security and Health Care Equity

Eleanor's Hope, an initiative of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), will work to increase the impact of women's voices at the polls in November. The initiative -  named after former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, mother of NCPSSM Founder James Roosevelt - will also advocate for legislation to boost Social Security and Medicare benefits, establish caregiver credits in Social Security, and ensure equal pay. Learn more

Call for Abstracts/Papers: Seeking Intergenerational Sessions - Deadline: Oct. 24, 2014

The International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) is partnering with Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) to host a joint Global Aging Conference around the theme of "communities coming together." The conference will be held in Perth, Australia, Aug. 31 - Sept. 4, 2015.  Learn more

Multigenerational Housing in an Expensive Locale Part 2 - Solutions 

A few years ago, architect Brandon Baunach discovered the benefits of a multigenerational household when he and his wife decided to buy a home with his mom. While the arrangement has been supportive and rewarding, it's not without challenges such as the family's struggle to find affordable multigenerational housing. (Read about that experience here.) In part 2, Baunach provides possible solutions and factors for both families and builders to consider. Learn more

Generations of Us - Cool Ideas

In part 21 of our series, we feature Generations of Us, an intergenerational storytelling project in Chicago, IL. Tweet your cool intergenerational

ideas to #cooligideasYou can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group or text us through the Facebook Messenger app (friend me to join our Cool Intergenerational Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! DisclaimerSpotlighting ideas does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs. Share the inspiration. Learn more about Generations of Us.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks our members and supportersMerci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.

Funding Opportunities

National Grants Program. ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2015 round of its National Grants Program. Grants range from $50,000-$500,000. This year ArtPlace intends to support approximately 40 projects with roughly $10 million. Deadline: 3:59 PM EST on Nov. 3, 2014. Learn more


Making the Future U.S. After-school and Summer Program Grants. Cognizant awards grants between $5,000 and $25,000 to child-serving U.S. non-profit organizations wishing to run after-school, in-school and summer Maker programs. Programs must support their mission to inspire young learners in the STEM disciplines by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014. Learn more


If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources
Top Ten for 2Gen: Policy Ideas and Principles to Advance Two-Generation Efforts
In this report,  Ascend at the Aspen Institute makes the case for pursuing two-generation policies now. The Playbook offers a clear framework and examples to guide programs and practitioners in considering the needs of children and their parents together. Learn more


Under One Roof and Connecting Generations 

These resources are available for the shipping and handling price -
Under One Roof is $4.50 and Connecting Generations is $5.50. Order your copies today!

ReDefining Age: Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Nashville, TN. Oct. 19-22, 2014. Learn more 


Global Youth Forum 2014. People to People International. Kansas City, MO. Nov. 5-9, 2014. Learn more 


47th Annual Senior Leadership Conference. Alliance for Children and Families. Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb. 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 2015. Learn more 


SAVE the DATE: Ready by 21 National Meeting. The Forum for Youth Investment. New Orleans, LA. March 31 - April 2, 2015. Learn more 


More Powerful Together: The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 9-11, 2015. Learn more 


Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


"We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams." ~Jimmy Carter


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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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