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 Volume 15, Issue 25
June 24, 2020
In the News
  • As we celebrated Juneteenth last week, our Executive Director Donna Butts remembered the Tulsa Race riots, which marked its 99th anniversary early this month. Donna incorporated Woodie Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land"  to drive the message home on the importance of us all connecting across our differences and being enriched by diversity. Read the article
  • Congrats to our GRAND Voice Member Norma Hatfield! She will become the new executive director of CASA of the Heartland. An article in The News-Enterprise highlights her and mentions Generations United. Learn more  
  • Last week, Donna engaged in an intergenerational conversation with the founders of Teens Helping Seniors for the Essential Service Podcast! We thank the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs for the opportunity. Listen to the episode
  • CNN highlighted an intergenerational friendship between an 82- and 30-year-old who met through DOROT. When COVID-19 interrupted their in-person hang out, they moved it to Zoom. The piece also mentions Generations United. Read the article
Next Steps for Bridges Together
Our friend Andrea Weaver, founder of Bridges Together, a Generations United member, announced that she and her board voted to dissolve the organization. We're happy to have been a part of, what Andrea calls, "the circle of love that created ripples of goodness" in the world through our work. We wish Andrea well on the next phase of her journey. 
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Culture United
Five Days by Wes Moore and Erica Green
When Freddie Gray was arrested for possessing an "illegal knife" in April 2015, he was, by eyewitness accounts that video evidence later confirmed, treated "roughly" as police loaded him into a vehicle. By the end of his trip in the police van, Gray was in a coma from which he would never recover. In the wake of a long history of police abuse in Baltimore, this killing felt like the final straw-it led to a week of protests by both young and old, then five days described alternately as a riot or an uprising that set the entire city on edge and caught the nation's attention. Wes Moore* and Erica Green give a kaleidoscopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through eight characters on the front lines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore and riveted the world. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions?  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.
* Wes Moore is a member of Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies Council
Cool Ideas
Tech, Tea and Tales
This intergenerational Program, in Nillumbik (a local government area in Victoria, Australia), was a 5-week program that brought together 27 older adults with five younger helpers (between the ages of 18 and 24) to build social connection, share stories, and increase technology and employment skills. The program, which kicked off in April 2019, trained and employed young job seekers to spend meaningful time with older community members by teaching them how to use tech and helped them record their life stories and experiences. 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.
Upcoming Events
Experience Talks Zoomcast Live! Catch Anne Basting, PhD, founder of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling*, in conversation with Tim Carpenter, CEO of EngAGE. The discussion will focus on how imagination can transport and transform us all. Online 2 PM ET (11 AM PT). TODAY.  Register now .
* TimeSlips Creative Storytelling is a Generations United Program of Distinction
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Our Town Grant. This Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Deadline for Part 1: Aug. 6, 2020.  Learn more .

Internet Access Support for Students in 50 Cities. Mobile Beacon's Connect for Success Student Access Donation Program was created to offer schools in 50 cities across the United States the laptops and mobile Internet access they need to help students struggling to keep up.  Deadline: Ongoing.  Learn more and apply today.  

Grassroots Community Organizing in the Midwest Supported. The Needmor Fund's Core Grants program focuses on supporting grassroots community organizing in the Midwest. Support is provided to grassroots, membership-based community organizations that are democratically led, engaged in direct action campaigns, and committed to leadership development. Deadline: June 30, 2020. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
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Research and Resources
Race Equity Resources. Generations United  stands united in our condemnation of racism and our support of police reform and the equitable access to quality health care, jobs, and education needed to ensure people of all ages have the safety, security and opportunity to be valued by their communities and country.  Visit Generations United's page on race equity for our full statement and a growing list of related intergenerational resources.

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2020. This comprehensive  report and advocacy tool by  ZERO TO THREE  highlights disparities that begin before birth, especially for Black children, driven by systemic racism and social injustices.  Learn more .

Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing. This guide by Generations United includes ideas and solutions on how intergenerational professionals can adapt programs and activities and create new intergenerational connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more .

COVID-19 Fact Sheets in English and Spanish. These fact sheets from Generations United provide information for grandfamilies to stay healthy, informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old.   This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country.  Learn more .

Interactive Toolkit: Connecting Generations in Senior Housing. This toolkit, developed by Generations United and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston with funding from RRF Foundation for Aging, is now a website with downloadable resources. It was designed specifically to help senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities. Visit the site.

A Place to Call Home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies.   This sixth edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report detailed the housing challenges these families face and highlighted innovative programs that offer potential for nationwide expansion. Learn more.
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"Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, some kind of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers." ~Gilbert Highet, Scottish-American classicist, academic, writer, intellectual, critic and literary historian

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Alan King

Communications Specialist

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