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 Volume 13, Issue 20
May 16, 2018
Generations United in the News 
  • USA TODAY published a letter to the editor* from our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Jaia responded to an article on the Family First Prevention Services Act that USA TODAY ran, which was originally published in The Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline. Read Jaia's letter.
  • Over the weekend, 60 Minutes aired a segment on grandfamilies impacted by the opioid crisis. The story, for which Generations United provided background info, featured the Children's Service Society of Utah's grandfamilies program, which we highlighted in our opioid report. Watch the 60 Minutes piece, then read our report


* Scroll below "What are our readers saying?" to see Jaia's letter.
May 23rd Panel and Roundtable Discussion on Kinship Navigator Programs
The Congressional Foster Youth Caucus is hosting a briefing on kinship navigator programs on May 23, 11:30 -12:30 p.m. ET. The event will highlight outcome data from one Kinship Navigator model that is operating in Florida, the most rigorously tested model in the U.S. to date. It will take place in Rayburn House Office Building, RM 2226, and will be livestreamed on Facebook. This event is cosponsored by the National Foster Youth Institute, Partners For Our Children and Generations United. See attach flyer and spread the word. RSVP to
engAGED: Increasing Social Engagement through Intergenerational Programming
Don't miss our Special Project Director Sheri Steinig who's presenting in n4a's webinar tomorrow with Lynn Haglin (vice president/KIDS Plus director for the Northland Foundation) and Pam Plimpton (Intergenerational coordinator for San Diego County Aging and Independence Services. In this webinar, you will learn about best practices for engaging older adults through intergenerational programs. Register today and add to your calendar.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member,  Kraemer Family Library, and new member,  Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Care, for their contributions. We also thank  Kelsey Pellarin, who gave "In Honor Of: Audrey Rothschild and Judy Pellarin."  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 !
Policy Update
On May 4, the Administration for Children and Families released a Program Instruction, which provides specific guidance on how States, territories and tribes directly operating a title IV-E program can apply for FY 2018 funds to develop, enhance or evaluate kinship navigator programs.  This funding request must be completed by no later than July 20, 2018. Learn more
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Digital Grandfamilies Stories Featured for National Foster Care Month
As part of the National Foster Care Month, the Administration for Children and Families collected digital stories of grandfamilies. They're  sharing them to align with this year's theme: It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Connections. . Watch and share the stories.
Culture United
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
This classic and award-winning picture book was written and illustrated by the celebrated Vera B. Williams and was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy. 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
Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Program
Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Program is a pilot program of the Greater Essex County District School Board in Toronto, ON, Canada. The 60 students -- who will be from a split Grade 2/3 class, a Grade 5 and a Grade 6 class -- will each be paired with a resident in activities that will include reading, art, games designed to promote cooperation, and interviewing the residents about their lives. 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
Gen2Gen Encore Prize. The Gen2Gen Encore Prize, offering $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support, is looking for innovative programs, products and services to tap the talent of 50+ adults to help young people thrive. Deadline: May 25, 2018. Learn more.

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.
"All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive." Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Washington, DC. June 5, 2018. Learn more .

Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking Globally. National Youth Leadership Council. St. Paul, MN. June 18-21, 2018. Learn more.

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more.
"If all generations of people freely and abundantly give care to others and to our world, we will have an eternal source of love and hope that fulfills the needs of all ages...for all future." ~Mattie J. T. Stepanek, peacemaker & poet

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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