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Generations United in Slate Magazine
Generations United in Kansas City, MO!
Social Security Trustees Update
Generations United's Board Shout Out
Today is International Day of Friendship
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Join the Ready Youth Learning Cohort
Grandparents Day Ideas
Introducing...Jewish Home Lifecare's Geriatric Career Development Program
Kendal at Oberlin - Cool Intergenerational Ideas
Join Our Grandparents Day Social Media and Google Doodle Campaign
We're Still Settling into our New Space
Put Your Program on the Map!
Get Ready for the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Intergeneration Month: September and All Ages Together Campaign
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 30
July 30, 2014
Generations United in Slate Magazine
Boer Deng reported on the Pew Research Center's new report that looks at why more adults are living with their parents. "Economics and culture help explain why," writes Deng. "There is a glut of unmarried, underemployed young adults who could use their parents' help." The article includes a quote from Donna Butts. Read the full article.
Generations United in Kansas City, MO!
Last week, our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent (2nd from left) presented at the North American Council on Adoptable Children in Kansas City, MO. While there, she got a chance to visit Pemberton Park, an apartment community devoted to grandfamilies, which we highlighted in our report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America. Rose (center) is Pemberton's first resident. Learn more about Pemberton Park.
Social Security Trustees Update

The 2014 Trustees Report finds Social Security has a large and growing surplus thanks in part to its three statutory sources of revenue which include payroll contributions, bond interest and income tax revenue.  August 14th will mark the 79th year of Social Security, a family support program that has and will continue to benefit all generations. Learn more and visit our website to see other fact sheets. 

Generations United's Board Shout Out

If you think, as an incoming nonprofit CEO, you'll walk into a culture that welcomes change, think again. In her NonProfit Times piece, "Food, Home, Money: New Nonprofit CEO Basics," Generations United's Board member Jatrice Martel Gaiter, whose more than 30 years of nonprofit work includes her current position as executive vice president of external affairs at Volunteers of America, offers her fundamentals to help incoming nonprofit CEOs succeed on the job. Learn more

Today is International Day of Friendship

July 30 is a day that recognizes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. Some of the best examples are seen in intergenerational programs. In honor of friendship, we highlight Ireland's Generations@Beneavin and the Carmichael, California-based Eskaton Kids Connection

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks our members and supporters. Merci. 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.

Join the Ready Youth Learning Cohort

The Forum for Youth Investment and its Ready by 21 partners are recruiting communities from around the country to join the third Ready Youth Learning Cohort. Ready Youth is a campaign that starts with a new kind of data about young people in your community, then uses that information to create community-based solutions. Learn more

Grandparents Day Ideas

  • Caring Across Generations' ThrowbackYearbookWatching my 4-year-old niece, Anicia, with her nana and poppa, I can't help but think, when she's old enough, she'll have more than enough material for Caring Across Generations' ThrowbackYearbook. Her story about hacking nana's iPhone and scrolling through nana's selfies on the job would be a hit among the "senior superlatives" the Yearbook hopes will capture why we love our grandparents so much. Learn more

  • Generations United's Grandparents Day Stories. A few years ago, we shared our favorite moments with grandparents. (Read Jaia's story: I Love You.") We'd like to share your stories. Check out our submission requirements, then send us your stories for consideration on our 
    Together Blog.
  • General. Haven't decided on an activity yet? Then visit   www.grandparentsday.org for resources, ideas and information. 

Introducing...Jewish Home Lifecare's Geriatric Career Development Program!

In the final part of our series on the 2014 Program of Distinction Designees, we highlight Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program at Jewish Home Lifecare, a LeadingAge member based in New York City. "I wanted to change, so I decided to join," said Mohammed Abdullah, a GCD graduate. He used to walk his high school halls with friends, show up to class late and talk back to teachers. But he got some direction from GCD's internships, where he learned more about geriatric health care. "GCD enhanced my credentials," he said, referring to his certification in patient care, EKG, phlebotomy and CPR. Of GCD, he added, "It made me more of a man." Read the full profile

Kendal at Oberlin - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part 10, we feature an Ohio-based nonprofit retirement community that promotes civic involvement with the wider community and social relationshipsTweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You can also post them to our  Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. Youth Jumpstart Grantees can share ideas here. Or just 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 inspirationLearn more about Kendal
Join Our Grandparents Day Social Media and Google Doodle Campaign     

You can help us raise awareness and recognize the role that older Americans, whether grandparents or not, play in children's lives. Check out our social media toolkit for scheduled days to share sample tweets, Facebook posts and newsletter items through your networks. Help us get Grandparents Day 2014 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them, check out our Google Doodle Campaign page. There's even suggested language.

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We're Still Settling into our New Space

We're in the midst of unpacking at our new address: 25 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. (Watch our Instagram video.) We're enjoying our new neighbors, who welcomed us with beautiful flowers. (See our thank you tweet.) We'll be a little tough to reach this week, so please be patient with us. If you haven't, please update your system to reflect our new address. All of our other contact information will stay the same.

Put Your Program on the Map!
Are you involved in an intergenerational program? We want to know about it! Generations United is updating our map of intergenerational programs across the country. This database, located on our website, will have over 500 programs. If you run a program that purposefully brings together different generations to participate in planned activities, we invite you to share it with us. Complete this form by Thursday, July 31. Don't miss out on this opportunity to put your program on the map. 

Get Ready for the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards 

Want to show what your community's made of? Apply for our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards, made possible by MetLife Foundation. No community is too big or too small to apply. Download the application.

Intergeneration Month: September and All Ages Together Campaign

As Intergeneration Month: September approaches, it's not too early to begin thinking of ways to celebrate the connecting of generations during the month, along with special support and acknowledgment for Grandparents Day on September 7th.  Intergeneration Foundation encourages special celebrations throughout the Month of September - thoughtful action every day - in any way that intentionally connects generations. That's why they launched the "All Ages Together Campaign," a new effort of collecting and posting on their website, ways in which generations come together.  Share your personal celebration plans and find new ways to celebrate Intergeneration Month. Learn more

Funding Opportunities
Grants in Music Research and Preservation Projects. The Grammy Foundation's annual research project grants program awards up to $20,000 in funding to groups or individuals who research the effects of music. These can include effects on mood, physical health, and cognition, with priority given to those who have strong methodologies and pertinent research questions.Deadline: October 1, 2014. Learn more

 

Neighborhood Projects. The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation offers two grant programs: Neighborhood Planning Grants of $25,000 to $100,000 to support intensive 12- to 24-month resident-driven neighborhood planning process. Deadline: Sept. 5, 2014. Neighborhood Implementation Grants of $100,000 to $750,000 over three to five years are available to support comprehensive community development projects. Deadline: Oct. 24, 2014. Learn more

 

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at aking@gu.org

Great Resources

Resources

ZERO TO THREE Bookstore

This Resource Roundup offers trusted materials developed by the highly respected Parents as Teachers organization, whose keen desire is to equip early childhood professionals with the very best information and tools to support their work on behalf of babies, toddlers and their parents. 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!
Events
Conferences 

The National Summit on Authentic Youth Engagement. Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Chicago, IL. August 5-6, 2014. Learn more

 

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

 

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

In the News                

Like a growing number of grandparents, Frank and Dot had their retirement planned. They would spend their golden years, relaxing in Florida. Instead, they're stepping up to help raise their grandchildren. And according to Frank, he wouldn't have it any other way. Read "Grandparents raising grandchildren growing local trend."

Quote

"In my personal life with my grandchildren and other children who I am involved with, they are an elixir for the pains and woes of being older, they keep me young.  By helping children one helps themselves.~Donna Bailey


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We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports and webinars. Local and state events can be shared in our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! My email is aking@gu.org. I'd love to hear from you!

 

Best,       

 

Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 

 

  
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