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 Volume 13, Issue 23
June 06, 2018
New report finds that Americans want spaces that serve young and old together, but can't find them

At yesterday's event in the National Press Club's Holeman Lounge, Generations United and The Eisner Foundation released survey findings in the report, All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. Veteran NPR correspondent Ina Jaffe moderated a panel discussion featuring:
  • Derenda Schubert, executive director of Bridge Meadows in Portland, OR
  • Enrique Stephenson, a student in The New Jewish Home's Career Development Program in New York, NY
  • Marilyn Haskel, a resident at Collington Kendal in Mitchelville, MD
The program also featured Donna Butts, Trent Stamp, Marc Freedman , and  Shannon JarrottCheck out the highlights!
Generations United in the News
  • 60 Minutes did a companion piece to their May 13 story on the opioid epidemic impacting grandparents raising grandchildren. The companion article, which ran on Sunday, quotes Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • The Atlantic reported on the many reasons the number of children living in grandfamiies doubled in the U.S. The story cites our 2017 report and quotes Ana Beltran, special advisor to our National Center on Grandfamilies. Read the article.
  • The New York Times featured our new report with The Eisner Foundation in a story about Collington Kendal. The article quotes Donna ButtsLearn more.
  • The Chronicle of Social Change highlighted shared sites and our report with The Eisner Foundation! They quoted both Donna Butts and The Eisner Foundation's CEO Trent StampLearn more.
  • Stria highlighted our report with The Eisner Foundation in their piece, "Diving 'All In Together': Are We Shifting Back Toward Intergenerational Lives?" Read it
  • KTTN Radio did a story on Missouri families stepping up to care for children in foster care. The article quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Learn more.
  • Stateline reported on the Family First Prevention Services Act and what it might mean for grandfamilies. The article quotes Ana Beltran, special advisor to our National Center on Grandfamilies. Read the article.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing members,  Harbor House of Louisville and  Northland Foundation, for their contribution. 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 !
Working with Kinship Caregivers
The U.S. Children's Bureau has just posted a resource  to help child welfare professionals promote kinship care by providing kinship caregivers with information, referral, and support services to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in their care.  Learn more
Apply Today! Be Recognized as a Program of Distinction
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations.  The deadline to apply is August 1, 2018 Contact Irv Katz  with any questions.  Learn more.
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Culture United
There There: A novel
"Toward the end of Tommy Orange's devastating debut novel, a 4-year-old Native American boy keeps asking his grandma: "What are we? What are we?" The boy has no way of knowing, but that's a blood-soaked question that Western invaders have made Indians ask themselves for centuries. Exiled, dispersed, murdered, robbed, mocked, appropriated and erased, Native Americans have been forced to define themselves amid unrelenting assault. Their survival, their failure and their resilience in modern-day America are the subjects of There There." - Ron Charles. 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.
Cool Ideas
Intergenerational Gardens
The Hudson Lab School students and Little Leaf Nursery School students have been bring gardening to the residents at Andrus on Hudson in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Art Works Grant.  The National Endowment for the Arts support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.  Second Art Works Deadline: July 12, 2018. Learn more.

Seed Grants Available for Programs that Support Grandfamilies. We're thrilled that our long-time partner, The Brookdale Foundation, will award grants of $15,000 each to 15 programs that create or expand supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children!  Deadline: June 13, 2018.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice.  This report describes findings from a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming in senior housing that was conducted by Generations United and LeadingAge, with support from the Retirement Research Foundation.  Learn more.
Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking Globally. National Youth Leadership Council. St. Paul, MN. June 18-21, 2018. Learn more .

National Caregivers Conference. The Family Resource Network. Iselin, New Jersey. Oct. 11, 2018. Learn more.

Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more.
"All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity." ~Robert F. Kennedy. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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Alan King
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