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 Volume 14, Issue 24
June 12, 2019
Our Conference Kicks Off Today!
Use the hashtags ( #GensUnited19   and 
# BridgingGens )   to engage onsite or from afar.  The event will feature over 100 presentations from intergenerational experts, researchers, and practitioners from around the world. Be sure to check out our conference program  to take a deeper dive into the educational sessions, local activities, and networking opportunities available at Bridging the Generations!
Generations United in the News
  • Dr. Amy Blackstone, professor of sociology at the University of Maine, shouted out our 2018 report with  The Eisner Foundation in her New York Times Op-Ed on creative intergenerational solutions to combating social isolation among older adults. Learn more .
Generations United Podcast
Join our host Donna Butts on The Generations United Podcast for candid and lively conversations with luminaries in the intergenerational field. Tune in to learn how to strengthen our communities and improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational relationships. Check it out
Congratulations to our Conference Awards Recipients!   
We're looking forward to honoring the six recipients of our intergenerational awards this week at our global intergenerational conference in Portland, OR. Our honorees are: Silver Kite Community Arts  (Intergenerational  Innovation Award),  Gail Engel   (Brookdale  Foundation  Grandfamilies Award),  Dr. Ali Somers  (Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research),  60 Minutes  
(Excellence in Media Award) , The  Eisner Foundation  (Leadership Award), and  Senator Ron Wyden  (Jack Ossofsky Award for Lifetime Achievement in Support of Children, Youth, and Older Adults).  Read the full press release
Humans of Dementia: An Intergenerational Storytelling Contest
Generations United -- in partnership with MemoryWellAARP , Hilarity for Charity, and the National Scholastic Press Association -- is excited to announce a nationwide contest for high school and college students to write the best profile of someone living with Alzheimer's disease. The contest kicks off in October 2019. Learn more
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Cool Ideas
Grandparents University
This three-day summer camp at Michigan State University welcomes children ages 8 to 12 and their grandparents to campus for a unique intergenerational learning experience. 
Young and old engages in academics while creating lasting family memories. 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
In the epic musical fantasy about the uncensored story of Sir Elton John's breakthrough years, the 29-year-old Taron Egerton stars as the rock legend. In preparation for his role, Egerton spent time with John and his husband. The 72-year-old singer, songwriter, pianist and composer let Egerton read his handwritten '70s-era journals to prepare for the role. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions?  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.
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 !
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Support for Local Archives in Marginalized Communities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications program has issued a call for proposals to community-based archives in the United States and its territories that represent and serve marginalized communities. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be provided to organizations with an annual operating budget of no more than $1 million. Deadline: July 1, 2019. Learn more

National Volunteer Care Corps.   The Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) is making this competitive grant opportunity available to eligible entities for the purpose of testing and supporting models of local programming designed to place volunteers in communities to assist family caregivers and/or assists older adults and individuals with disabilities in maintaining independence by providing non-medical care.  Deadline: June 21, 2019.   Learn more .

Grants for Projects in Aging. Proposals for direct service projects are considered from organizations based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the U.S. RRF offers an opportunity for applicants to submit a brief (1 - 3 pages) Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as part of its grantmaking process. LOI Deadline: June 15, 2019. Application Deadline: August 1, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to .
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Understanding and Appreciating the Challenges and Supports and Kinship Families in Early Childhood for Grandfamilies. The recording from this May webinar, which featured our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and our GrAND Member Victoria Gray, is available. Learn more.

Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs.  This resource from Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, contributes to the goal of establishing a new national baseline of shared site intergenerational programs. The study results were incorporated into All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive , a report issued by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Learn more about the survey.

New Toolkit Helps Child Welfare Leaders Promote Family First Law. This toolkit from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is designed to help child welfare leaders and advocates talk about how the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) can improve outcomes for children and families. The toolkit offers talking points on the benefits of the Family First law and tips for media interviews. Learn more.
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"I was 52, and the average age in the company was 26. ...It was like being Margaret Mead amongst the millennials. I felt a bit like a cultural anthropologist...I think the modern elder is as curious as they are wise...I was seeking the wisdom as much as I was dispensing it." ~Chip Conley told Andy Levine about his time at Airbnb; we're thrilled he's this evening's featured speaker our conference in Portland!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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