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 Volume 13, Issue 48
November 28, 2018
In the News
  • In their piece for American Society on Aging's AgingToday, Donna Butts, Ernest Gonzales and Alex Yoss detail intergenerational co-housing options. Their piece highlights our report with The Eisner Foundation. Read the article.
  • MemoryWell reported on grandfamilies impacted the opioid crisis. The article highlighted our GrAND Member, Jan Wagner, and her family. The piece also cites a Generations United report. Learn more.
2018 Programs of Distinction Designee
Meet Family Friends Program!
Family Friends Programa longtime program of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University, links older mentors with families with special needs. The term "special needs" embraces a wide range of specific challenges for families, including kin raising children without their biological parents and caregivers raising children/youth while coping with chronic illnesses and other disabilities/challenges. The mentors love serving in our community and form healthy, on-going relationships with children/youth and their families.

Stay tuned next week to learn more about Friends in Schools Helping (FISH)! Learn more about our Programs of Distinction.
Using New Federal Funding Opportunities to Develop Effective Kinship Navigator Programs
Jaia Peterson Lent and Ana Beltran are among those presenting in a regional webinar series Tues., Dec. 4 - Thurs., Dec. 6. The presentations will discuss how to access new resources to support kinship navigator programs through two federal funding opportunities. Learn more and register for the appropriate webinar.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new member, Household Helper, and our renewing members, Kenosha Area Family & Aging Services  and Mi Casa , for their contributions. We thank Bill Libro and Jaia Peterson Lent for their donations. We also thank Jean Fiorito who gave in honor of Donna Butts and Jaia Lent. 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 !
Frames That Inform Intergenerational Work
In this brief, our Senior Fellow
Irv Katz and former intern Danica Derriennic look at how The FrameWorks Institute's research on framing can be applied to increase understanding of intergenerational strategies. Learn more.
Save $100! Registration Now Open for our Global Intergenerational Conference!
Planning to meet us in Portland, OR, in June for the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference? Take advantage of the lowest possible registration rate when you  register by Feb. 15, 2018! Register now
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Cool Ideas
Bridges Together at Johnny Appleseed Elementary School
The three-year-old program, based in North Leominster, MA, pairs 4th graders with senior visitors in art activities that including drawing, jewelry making and paper craft. An anonymous donor provided funding for teachers to go through the Bridges Together training. 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
Instant Family
When Pete and Ellie decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child, but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. The movie shines a light on the importance of keeping siblings together. Our GrAND Member, 
Bob Ruble, was a consultant for this film.  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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. An initiative of the Bruner Foundation, the Award discovers and celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design along with their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities The Gold Medal winner will receive a $50,000 award, and four Silver Medal winners will receive $10,000 each. Deadline: Dec. 12, 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
Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration. This report highlights grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent's detention or deportation. The challenges they face include restricted access to support and services to help meet the children's needs, language barriers, and fear of government agencies. Learn more.

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 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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"If you go out in the countryside someplace and build a thousand residential units and have them cheap enough, you'll probably fill the place up. But that's not going to make a community. I think having facilities readily available for people of all kinds, from little kids to the elderly -- that's the most important thing of all." ~Robert Simon, founder of Reston, Virginia

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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