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 Volume 12, Issue 44
November 1, 2017
Generations United in the News
  • In her Child Watch Column, Marian Wright Edelman (president of the Children's Defense Fund), highlighted the President's announcement of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. She also shouted out Generations United's latest report, In Loving Arms. Read Marian's column
  • In her Next Avenue article, our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent, who's a Next Avenue 2017 Influencer in Aging, calls on more supports for grandparents raising kids in opioid crisis. Read her piece.
  • Generations United provided background information for Vox's story on the opioid crisis making grandparents parents again. Learn more.
  • The new issue of the International Federation for Family Development's newsletter,  Family Perspective, is out! They highlighted our latest report, In Loving Arms. Read the full issue
  • Generations United -- in partnership with National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and A Second Chance, Inc. -- to launch a multi-year initiative to elevate the voices of African American and Native American Grandfamilies. Learn more.
r-l: Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring and ONEGeneration
2017 Programs of Distinction Designees
Meet Oasis Intergeneational Tutoring and ONEGeneration
The overarching goal of Oasis intergenerational tutoring is for every child who needs a tutor to have one. This 28-year-old in-school literacy program pairs older adult volunteers with children in grades K-3 who are academically at risk because they are reading below grade level. Read the full profile.

ONEGeneration's mission is to enrich the lives of children, seniors and their families throughout their diverse community. Their Intergenerational Program provides daily opportunities for the children in their Child Care Center to interact with their "neighbors," the seniors at their shared site Adult Day Care Center. Read the full profile.  
Connecting People of All Ages
This book by  Sandy Kraemer Kirk Woundy  and others documents the accomplishments of the Intergenerational Foundation that include founding Intergeneration Day and Intergeneration Month. Connecting People of All Ages includes a Q&A with Generations United's Executive Director Donna Butts , who Sandy credits for supporting the legacy of Intergeneration Month through a connection with Generations United member, Bridges Together. The book's final section, according to Kirk, is intended to provide guidance to those who might be interested in connecting generations in the future. Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. Together, we are building a world that values all generations! You can contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Mapping the Gap
Get the first look at Child Care Aware® of America's Mapping the Gap TM child care supply and demand mapping series. They partnered directly with state child care leaders to help them share unique stories via customized state story maps. The first two story maps feature Alaska and Massachusetts. They will add more exclusive story maps throughout the year, so stay tuned and check the site often! Learn more.
Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Kristen Bell
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This meme of Kristen Bell (an actress known for her roles in the TV series, Veronica Mars and House of Lies) is part of  our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign, which we launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. Click here to see expanded meme.

Generations United expanded its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the  University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Call for Papers - GrandFamilies Journal 
The editors of  GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging practice methodologies, program evaluation and policy perspectives related to grandparent-headed families.  Learn more.
Culture United
The Growing Season
Filmed over the course of a year in a nursing home that is also hoem to a preschool, The Growing Season (formerly called Present Perfect) offers an intimate glimpse into a world where young and old learn and grow side by side. Learn more about the documentary, which premieres in NYC on Nov. 12th. Another showing will be on Nov. 14th. See movie times

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
This week's cool idea is WOOLN, a clothing line whose knitters are New York City-based grandmothers. The  clothes are modeled by young people. Each outfit is labeled with the knitter's name. The grandmothers' bios are on the website. 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
Programs of Excellence.  Have an intergenerational program? National Council on Aging's National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is accepting nominations for their 2017 Programs of Excellence Awards, which recognize innovative and replicable programming at senior centers.  Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017.  Learn more.

Grants Promote High School Completion in Ten States . The GradNation campaign, an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, will provide grants of $250,000 and $100,000, respectively, over the two-year grant period to two state organizations and three community organizations focused on accelerating progress for more young people to attain high school graduation and post-secondary success. Organizations in the following ten states -- California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington -- are eligible to apply. Deadline: Nov. 8, 2017. Learn more.

Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Nov. 3, 2017.  Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
FREDLA's Learning Community for Family Leaders: Supporting Grandparents. This SAMHSA webinar, whose presenters include Generations United's Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent, will explore resources and opportunities for family-run organizations to develop programming and supports to meet the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren. Jaia will also share the latest data from the field and other available resources. Thurs., Nov. 30 at 3 PM ET.  Learn more

Research and Resources
Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Managing Risk Factors in Kinship Care.   The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released a five-part video training series features internationally-respected kinship care expert, Dr. Joseph Crumbley. The series strengthens the skills of child welfare professionals in supporting families to improve outcomes for children. Learn more

I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together.  The new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live.  Learn more
ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference.  ZERO TO THREE. San Diego, CA. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2017. Learn more
International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
" Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day. ~Frances Hesselbein, who turns 101 today! (see her meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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