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 Volume 13, Issue 8
February 21, 2018
Generations United in the News
  • In her Medium piece, Donna Butts highlights Senator Tammy Baldwin's story and explains the three ways the Family First Prevention Service Act will help grandparents and other relatives raising children. Learn more.
Help Identify Intergenerational Programs Across the Country - Take the Survey Now
Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, are looking for intergenerational programs across the country. Please take their survey at This survey will provide critical and timely insight on programs and services for people of all ages. Results will be included in a report to be released at an event in Washington, DC on June 5, 2018. Contact Sheri Steinig for more information.
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Promoting Permanency for Teens
Over the last 20 years, the number of children in foster care has decreased significantly. Yet during this same period, the number of teens aging out of foster care without a permanent family has increased from 19,000 to more than 23,000 annually.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation partnered with the National Center for Youth Law to conduct this 50-state permanency policy analysis that focuses on policies impacting permanency for older youth in foster care. The report also identifies barriers that hinder the permanent connection of teens through reunification, adoption or guardianship.  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 !
Cool Ideas
Innovative Living Concepts
Developers in Singapore are rethinking how people of all ages use existing spaces. For instance, the Giving Campus -- situated across from a university -- transforms an old school building into an intergenerational hostel and learning centre, where seniors and secondary (or tertiary) students can form caring, reciprocal relationships. 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
Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story
In Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's' Story, Freddie Owens tells the story of a downtrodden nine-year-old who is sent from the city to live with his grandparents in the outback of Kentucky. The boy, taking few possessions, has a distrust and hatred for black people. But his grandparents are mavericks of the 1950s south; transforming Orbie into a young man that battles through the demons of his generation to embrace compassion and racial equality. 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.
Are You Exceptional? Intern With Generations United!
Our internships -- beginning in late spring/early summer in Washington, DC -- 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
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Art Works Grant. The National Endowment for the Arts support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Second Art Works Deadline: July 12, 2018.  Learn more.

2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award.   Nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize, which will present $50,000 to five extraordinary individuals -- ages 50 and older -- who are using their life experience to make a better future for all ages.  In addition to the cash prizes, one of the five winners will be awarded the Andrus Award for Intergenerational Excellence, named for AARP's founder. Deadline: March 6, 2018. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
A Child Care Agenda for Congress, the Administration, and States: 2018 - 2019 Policy Platform.  Child Care Aware of America is leading an effort to hold Congress, the Administration and the states accountable in addressing the critical issues of provider wages, development and identify gaps between supply/demand in all communities.This agenda is  informed by Child Care Aware of America's national membership and by the parents and families they serve. 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.

Promoting Permanency for Teens: A 50 State Review of Law and Policy. This report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and the National Center for Youth Law focuses on policies impacting permanency for older youth in foster care. The report's "Element 1" highlights efforts to locate relatives of teens in care. Read the full report.
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.
"A grandparent will help you with your buttons, your zippers, and your shoelaces and not be in any hurry for you to grow up." ~Erma Bombeck, whose birthday is today! She would've been 91. (See the meme.)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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