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 Volume 13, Issue 42
October 17, 2018
New Report Highlights Additional Hurdles Faced by Grandfamilies with Immigrant Family Members
At last week's (Oct. 10) reception on Washington, DC's Capitol hill, Generations United celebrated the 20th anniversary of our National Center on Grandfamilies and released of our 2018 State of Grandfamilies report, Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration. Most grandfamilies face challenges in raising children they did not expect or plan to raise. This fifth edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report highlights additional hurdles faced by grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent's detention or deportation. The report contains concrete policy and program recommendations to help guide policymakers and advocates. Special thank you to our board member, Mary Anne Mason (partner at Crowell & Moring, LLP) who emceed our event. Check out our recap! Download the full report.
The Eisner Foundation Grants More Than $3 million to Intergenerational Efforts
The Eisner Foundation announced Tuesday that it would award more than $3 Million to support intergenerational efforts, including direct service and research, in the third quarter of 2018. Generations United is honored to be awarded $200,000 to support an expansion of the 2018 Eisner Foundation/Generations United report on intergenerational shared sites, which demonstrated the large benefits of and need for sites that bring old and young together on a consistent basis. Learn more.
Submit to Present at our 2019 Conference by Oct. 31
We're excited to have The Eisner Foundation as the Presenting Sponsor for our 2019 Global Intergenerational Conference with Bridge Meadows ! Proud of your intergenerational work? Submit proposals to present by Oct. 31. Learn more.
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Four More Days to Register for the Together Old and Young Online Course
Our friends at Together Old & Young (TOY), a European intergenerational program, have created an online course about intergenerational practice with young children and older adults. Participants will discover practical ways to create opportunities for good quality and sustainable intergenerational learning activities.  Learn more about the course and register today!
Looking for New Ways to Engage with All Ages in Your Family?
The AARP Foundation is looking for volunteers to support the development of a new program that uses voice-activated technology (like the Amazon Alexa or Google home) to help keep families connected to another. The program will use smartphones and voice-activated devices to prompt loved ones to contact one another and leave voice messages in a method similar to texting back and forth. Learn more.
Cool Ideas
Odyssey School's Elders Day Celebration
In complement with the changing of the seasons, Odyssey School -- based in Asheville, NC -- presents Elders Day, an annual recognition and appreciation of intergenerational connections. On October 26, elders of the school community, whether they be grandparents, neighbors, or other individuals significant in students' lives, will be celebrated throughout the day. 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
Hey Grandude!
Paul McCartney's picture book introduces Grandude, an intrepid explorer grandfather, and his four grandkids. With his magical colourful postcards, Grandude whisks his grandchildren off on incredible adventures. The book was inspired by Paul's own experiences of being a grandfather. 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.
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
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums. This special initiative offers grants between $5,000 and $50,000 to help small museums implement projects that address Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors and Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship and Public Access. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018. Learn more.

Pop Up Rapid Response Grants. The Pop Culture Collaborative have grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 for organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims. Deadline: on a rolling basis. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic (Updated).  The amended report shows that -- overall -- foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The report includes recommendations on how to connect grandfamilies to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive. Learn more

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation  includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites .   Learn more .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.  Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more
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"The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life."  ~Oscar Wilde; his birthday was yesterday. (See the meme.)

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Alan King
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Generations United
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