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 Volume 13, Issue 29
July 18, 2018
Generations United in the News
  • The Ripon Advance explained how the new bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, will help grandfamilies. The article also quotes Donna Butts. Read the article
  • ABC4 Utah reported on the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren law. The article quotes Jaia Peterson Lent. Learn more.
  • The Fix reported on the opioid crisis impacting children, parents and grandparents. The article quotes Donna. Learn more. 
  • Oakland Lakefront Lifestyle Magazine did a story on the rising number of multigenerational homes. The article cites Generations United. Learn more.
Generations United in Georgetown, Texas!
Going to the Texas Health and Human Services' Geriatric Symposium in August? Catch Donna Butts' presentation, " Engage the Ages: Creating Effective Intergenerational Programs for All Ages and Abilities," on Aug. 14 at 2 pm CT. This interactive workshop will share promising practices in intergenerational programming and equip participants to create and expand intergenerational programs in their communities.  Learn more.
Bruce Astrein
Generations United Welcomes Bruce Astrein!
We're thrilled to announce that Bruce Astrein has joined the Generations United team as a senior fellow. For over four decades, he worked on a number of concerns relating to the health and full development of children, youth, families and their communities in Michigan, Massachusetts, DC, New York, Arizona and New Orleans. During this time, he has held numerous leadership positions within the non-profit, public and philanthropic sectors. Learn more.
Strategies for Creating Engaging Intergenerational Spaces and Places
In or near Providence, RI, on August 2 at 12 pm? Join our longtime friends and colleagues Dr. Matthew Kaplan and Dr. Mariano Sánchez as they present examples of creative programs, planned environments, and design strategies that are responsive to intergenerational engagement goals in diverse settings, both in urban and rural contexts. 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!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization,  join us !
Dr. Mariano Sánchez (far right)
Dr. Mariano Sánchez to Head the new Chair in Intergenerational Studies! 
The University of Granada (UGR) and the corporation Macrosad, both based in Southern Spain, have just announced the establishment of a new Chair in Intergenerational Studies, the first of its kind in the country. 
Dr.  Mariano  Sanchez, associate professor of Sociology at UGR, has been appointed Head of this Chair. His immediate efforts will be focusing on the launching of an intergenerational shared-site in the area (an Early Childhood 0-3 School combined with a Day Care Center for older adults), which intends to become a model space and program for other intergenerational centers in the country. Learn more .
2019 ARCH National Lifespan Respite Conference
Open Calls for Presentations
The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center and its co-hosts, the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition and the New York State Office for the Aging, invite you to submit a proposal to participate in the only national conference focused on shining a light on innovation and quality in respite services for family caregivers of children and adults. Learn more.
Cool Ideas
Intergenerational Farmers Market Project
The Intergenerational Farmers Market Project in Providence, RI, addresses social isolation for older adults through relationship-building activities that capitalize on the integration of arts, culture and community resources. 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
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. 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.
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The Elder Service Partner Program
Does Your Program Have What it Takes to be 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
American Academy of Pediatrics: Community Access to Child Health Program.   The Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program, a national initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is offering grants of up to $10,000 to pediatricians and fellowship trainees who are planning innovative community-based child health programs that will ensure all children have medical homes, are properly immunized, and have access to healthcare services not otherwise available in their community. Deadline: July 31, 2018. Learn more.

Support for Music Education Programs.  The Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation is focused on the following five priorities: student achievement and participation, public private collaboration, music education innovation, music educator support, and research. First year grant requests should not exceed $20,000. Deadline: July 31, 2018.  Learn more.  

Support for Coalitions of Local Governments and Place-Based Foundations. Partners  for Places, an initiative of the Funders' Network  for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, is a matching grant program that creates opportunities for  cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Deadline: July 31, 2018. Learn more.

Grant Promoting Broadband Services in Company Markets.  The Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program supports nonprofits  that focus educate families and seniors on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives. There is no cap on the number of grants awarded, though funds will not exceed $50,000. Deadline: August 31, 2018. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This new 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 .

Video Series: Building Evidence on Effective Programs. Child Trends' video series is intended for anyone interested in improving an existing program or building a new one, or establishing evidence of program effectiveness. It can also help nonprofit staff understand program evaluation. Learn more.

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.
#LeadingChange. University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes. Washington, DC. July 25-28, 2018. Learn more .

Texas Taking the Next Step: 2018 Geriatric Symposium. Texas Health and Human Services. Georgetown, TX. Aug. 13-14, 2018.  Learn more.

Explore New Territory.  ZERO TO THREE. Denver, CO. Oct. 3-5, 2018. Learn more.

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

Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more.
"Let us take care of the children, because they have a long way to go. Let us take care of the elders, because they have come a long way. Let us take care of those in between, because they are doing the work." ~Nelson Mandela, whose birthday is today; he would've been 100. (See the meme.)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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