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 Volume 13, Issue 49
December 5, 2018
  Generations United in the News
  • The Hartford Courant reported on grandparents raising children "born to addicted parents." The article quotes our Special Advisor Ana Beltran. Learn more.
2018 Programs of Distinction Designee
Meet Friends in Schools Helping (FISH)!
Friends in Schools Helping (FISH) is an intergenerational school-based mentoring program providing support to address the critical needs of students in public schools in central Virginia. Adult volunteers mentor students who can benefit from individualized attention within a classroom setting. Learn more.

Stay tuned next week to learn more about Link Generations! Learn more about our Programs of Distinction.
Join us in June! Register Today for our 20th 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
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member, Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project at Montana State University, for their contribution. We also thank Minnesota Power Foundation (who gave  in honor of Bill Libro's Retirement ) and Lauren Feyh (who gave in honor of Worthington Christian Village residentsdiscovery children's place students, and kids academy preschoolers participation in It take a Village intergenerational program . ) Additionally, we thank Barb Quaintance, Jack LevineJean Schulze, and Marsha Adler for their donations.  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 !
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 that ends tomorrow,  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.
FosterClub is looking for Outstanding Young Leaders

FosterClub's search for the 2019 Outstanding Young Leaders has launched, apply by Fri., Dec. 7! This annual recognition program is aimed at celebrating the success and achievements of young people who have experienced foster care or kinship/relative care. Apply now or nominate a youth.

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Culture United
Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. In the months following her husband George's death, Edie's strained relationship with her daughter Nancy begins to worsen. The question over Edie's future looms large. While Edie tries hard to convince Nancy she can manage fine by herself, Nancy is making plans for her mother to move to a retirement home. Edie feels like it is the beginning of the end. It seems she will die with all the regrets of her past intact and one regret haunts her most of all. When George was alive, he kept Edie from a climbing trip her father planned for them in the Scottish Highlands. Nearly thirty years later, Edie decides to make the trip herself alone. But she's not prepared for the trip. So a young local man, Jonny, comes to her aid and their journey begins. 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
Mon Ami
Mon Ami is an online marketplace that provides companionship services for older adults at home and those living with conditions such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, or other disabilities in California's San Francisco Bay Area. Through the platform, family members book an Activity Companion -- university students -- to visit and do fun, leisurely activities. 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
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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"It's totally exciting to hear somebody that still has that kind of force with their vocal chops at 80 years old. I mean, I think that would be the dream for most any of us if we can even just do it at all, let alone do it at that level." ~Sierra Hull, a mandolinist in her 20s, on Bobby Osborne. who turns 81 on Friday. She's one of the many guest performers on his 2017 album. 

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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