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 Volume 14, Issue 49
Dec. 4, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • The Denver Post  highlighted a growing number of  intergenerational programs in Denver. Our Special Programs Director Sheri Steinig was interviewed for this story. Check it out.
  • Osceola News-Gazette ran on a story on the number of kids being raised by grandparents in the U.S. doubling. The story cites a Generations United study. Read the article 
  • The Independent explored how social isolation and loneliness is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. The article quotes Sheri. Learn more
Request for Public Input on the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The Administration for Community Living is seeking public input from family caregivers, grandparents, and older relatives who are raising children, and people who have been in those roles in the past, to share their experiences and insights. The Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren -- which includes five of Generations United's GRAND Voice members and is co-chaired by our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent -- will use the collected information to help shape their ongoing activities and recommendations. Learn more.
Episode 11 is Up!
The conversation in this episode goes back to the roots of Generations United, which was founded over 30 years ago, as a founder explained, "to argue for a caring society." Over those three decades, the organization has weathered many attempts to spark intergenerational warfare. Fortunately, they've never taken root. In this episode, Generations United's former board chair John Rother, president & CEO of the National Coalition on Healthcare, and Evon Yao, a student at the University of Michigan, discuss how people can reach across ages and differences to find common ground. Listen now.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Maeona Mendelson  (who gave in honor of her grandchildren: 
Sophie, Max, Sydney, and Tyler Mendelson ) and John Matsuoka (who gave in honor his "elder mentors John and Ruth Peterson") . We also thank our new member, Neighbors Growing Together at Virginia Tech, and our renewing member, Visions/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, as well as Austin Heyman, Bill Libro, Brent Elrod and John MartinDonald and Rebecca Jost, Judith DiltsInfotect Design Solutions, Kim Love, Matz, Blancato and Associates and Tonya Wiley 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
Summer Night Lights
Summer Night Lights brings community members of all ages together in parks across Los Angeles. The program provides residents with recreational, cultural, educational and resource-based programming throughout the summer, and provides employment opportunities for young adults. 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.
Pathways to Sustainable Intergenerational Programs: Lessons Learned from Portugal
Despite the fundamental role given to the sustainability of intergenerational programming regarding their demonstrated impact on an aging society, only a few studies have undertaken an exploration of the qualitative core dimensions of sustainable intergenerational programs. This article by Cláudia Azevedo and Mariano Sánchez addresses how the sustainability of educational intergenerational programs relates to why and how intergenerational program managers in the Portuguese area of Porto may have developed different attitudes and beliefs around adequate implementation of the programs. Learn more.
Culture United
Knives Out
This multigenerational murder mystery movie follows what happens after renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday. The inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. 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.
Generations United's 2021 International Conference: Request for Partners
Are you committed to growing and strengthening the intergenerational community of practice? Want to bring the best of the intergenerational field to your backyard? Generations United seeks potential partner(s) to co-convene the 21st Global International Intergenerational Conference in Summer 2021. Letters of Interest should be submitted by December 9, 2019. Learn more.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Conflict Resolution Grants. The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations. One or two applicants will be selected each year to receive Year 1 grant funding of up to $40,000 to support their efforts to develop, refine, or expand programming in that subject area. Grant recipients may also be eligible for Year 2 funding of up to $20,000, contingent upon the satisfactory achievement of Year 1 benchmarks and goals. Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020. Learn more.

Organizations Offering Creative Community Programs Recognized. The Renewal Awards recognize organizations and individuals as they drive positive change in their communities, and help them make an even bigger impact. Five winners will each receive $40,000 in funding from The Atlantic and Allstate; one of the winners will also be presented with the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award. Deadline: Dec. 10, 2019. Learn more.

Grants Enhance Youth Running Programs. The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to nonprofit community organizations that initiate and support youth running programs for youths 18 and younger. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
A Place to Call Home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies.  This sixth edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report detailed the housing challenges these families face and highlighted innovative programs that offer potential for nationwide expansion. Learn more.

Healthier Together. This infographic illustrates the important role vaccinations play in enabling older adults to be healthy providers of care for babies and children whether on a part time (child care) or full time (grandfamilies) basis. Download the full infographic
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit. Generations United, in collaboration with LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston and with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation, released an 82-page toolkit. The resource contains practical information and templates to help housing providers and leaders at other organizations to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain intergenerational programs. Learn more. 
Save the Date! Moving Respite Forward. International Short Break Association (ISBA), ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. June 16-19, 2020. 

International Conference for Intergenerational Programs and Practices 2020. Japan Society for Intergenerational Studies & International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. Japan. Sept. 16-18, 2020. Learn more.
  • Stay tuned for more info on our Executive Director Donna Butts's presentation.
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"Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, some kind of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers." ~Gilbert Highet (1906-1978), Scottish-American classicist, academic, writer, intellectual, critic and literary historian

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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