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Children's Defense Fund on PBS NewsHour
A Day for Youth
Generations United on Boomer Generation Radio
AFF's Webinar to Help Advocates Handle Compassion Fatigue and Prevent Burnout
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Tomorrow Social Security Turns 79!
Explore the Updated Intergenerational Programs Map
Generations United Turns 28!
What Are You Doing for Grandparents Day - Sept. 7
Apply Now to be a Best Intergenerational Community
Share Your Grandparent Stories with Us
Bridge Meadows - Cool Intergenerational Ideas
Join Our Grandparents Day Social Media and Google Doodle Campaign
Intergeneration Month: September and All Ages Together Campaign
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 32
August 13, 2014

Children's Defense Fund on PBS NewsHour

Last week, PBS NewsHour aired their segment, 50 Years On, Freedom Schools Still Teaching Most Vulnerable. The piece featured the CDF Freedom Schools´┐Ż Program, which boosts student capacity and motivation to read while connecting the needs of children and families to resources within their communities and helping to close racial and economic achievement gaps. Watch the segment

Duncan and Patricia

A Day for Youth 

Thanks to one of Generations United's UN representatives, Kristin Bodiford, for attending yesterday's UN event and live tweeting. We honored the day by showcasing Donna's Huffington Post piece from last year, "International Youth Day - It's as Easy as ABC." And today, we continue to celebrate by highlighting another guest blog post from Duncan McDonell, one of our youth jumpstart grantees. Some of you might remember him as the visual artist, who wrote about using art as a tool for intergenerational communication at the Institute on Aging. He talks about expanding that work in his piece, "Building an Intergenerational Community through Art." Read Duncan's piece.

 

Rabbi Richard Address broadcasting "Boomer Generation Radio," which airs 10 a.m. Tuesdays on WWDB-AM (Talk 860). 
Generations United on Boomer Generation Radio
In his segment on the Kendal Corporation-cosponsored Boomer Generation Radio, Rabbi Richard Address, founder and director of Jewish Sacred Aging, focused on the power of intergenerational programs and "a road map for aging." The second half of his program (which starts at 32 minutes and 40 seconds into the recording) includes an interview with Donna Butts. In response to the question - "What's released when generations are interconnected?" - she said: "People of all ages have so much to give. Older adults can contribute wisdom and stories...[that] helps young people have a sense of roots and of history...for young people, they feel like they have something to offer." Listen to the episode.

AFF's Webinar To Help Advocates Handle Compassion Fatigue and Prevent Burnout

Join Advocates for Families First - a partnership of Generations United, the National Foster Parents Association and the North American Council on Adoptable Children - for a webinar on Aug. 27 at 1pm eastern (12pm central, 11am mountain and 10am central). It's Time to Take Better Care of Ourselves! will show child advocates; kin foster, and adoptive caregiver leaders; child welfare staff; and youth advocates how to maximize their work by taking better care of themselves. Learn more

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.

Tomorrow Social Security Turns 79!

The Social Security Administration came a long way from the days when it was known as the Social Security Board. The federal agency, which breathed its first breath after President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on Aug. 14, 1935, is now a national cornerstone for American families. Learn more the agency's humble beginnings. Check out A Hope of Many Years, a documentary film about the agency's origins. Learn more about SSA's inaugural National my Social Security Week (Aug. 17-23). Read Social Security: What's at Stake for Children, Youth and Grandfamilies

Explore the Updated Intergenerational Programs Map

It's live! Check out our map of over 500 programs - at least one in every state. Find a program near you or search for a program to get some ideas. Is your program missing? Fill out this form and we will add it. If you're already on our map, does your information need to be updated? Contact Leah Bradley. View our map

Generations United Turns 28!
On this month in 1986, National Council on AgingChild Welfare League of AmericaAARP and Children's Defense Fund teamed up to create Generations United! See our "thank you" tweet
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Grandparents Day Ideas

Garden Spot Village in New Holland, PA. This retirement community's Grandparents Month celebrations include a Family Photo Show, "Refrigerator Art" Art Show and a "3-D Art and Stuff" exhibit. Learn more


General. Haven't decided on an activity yet? Visit www.grandparentsday.org for resources, ideas and information.

Informational Webinar to Answer Questions about the Best Intergenerational Communities Award

MetLife Foundation and Generations United are searching the nation for communities that place immense value on intergenerational connections and quality of life for all ages. No community's too big or too small. Considering applying? Attend a webinar on Sept. 10, at 1pm ET, to get all your questions answered - including learning about the application process, award selection guidelines, ways in which this recognition helps your community, and much more. Register for the webinar, and contact Leah Bradley with questions. Apply for the award - deadline: Oct. 15, 2014.

Share Your Grandparent Stories with Us    
We're bringing back our Grandparents Day Blog, a feature we started a few years ago, where we shared our favorite moments with grandparents. This year, we'd also like to share your stories on our Together BlogCheck out our submission requirements, then submit your piece for consideration.

Bridge Meadows - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part 12 of our series, we feature Bridge Meadows, a unique multigenerational community located in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland. Tweet 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 Bridge Meadows.
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 the lives of children and youth. 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.

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

Foundation Grants. The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofits providing services in four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities.  Deadlines: quarterly and biannual. Learn more

 

The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are seeking nominations for afterschool programs that have excelled in providing literacy support to middle school students to win the first-ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. Deadline: August 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 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

With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older

In this book, Beth Baker, an award-winning journalist, tells the story of people devising innovative ways to live as they approach retirement, options that ensure they are surrounded by a circle of friends, family, and neighbors. 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 

National Kinship Care Conference. Child Welfare League of America. New Orleans, LA. Sept. 17-19, 2014. Learn more

 

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

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"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" ~Robin Williams, RIP 1951-2014

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 

 

  
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