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 Volume 14, Issue 30
July 24, 2019
Donna Butts (rear, 2nd from left) with Andrew Levack, our colleague at the St. David's Foundation (rear, left); along with our staff Emily Patrick (rear, 2nd from right) and Sheri Steinig (rear, right). See the full caption.

Generations United in Austin, TX!
Yesterday, our Executive Director Donna Butts, Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig and Senior Manager Emily Patrick were in Austin, TX, presenting on intergenerational solutions for improving community health. Thank you to the St. David's Foundation for the invitation! See highlights.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Elizabeth Diesch, who gave in honor of "Ms. Hilda Robles, loving grandmother and amazing woman."   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 !
Cool Ideas
Painting with a Purpose
This program pairs Westwood High School students with residents at Bridges by Epoch at Westwood, a memory care assisted living community. Bridges residents were asked about their favorite hobbies, interests and memories, then the students created a personalized painting for each resident based on the information provided in his or her questionnaire. The young artists recently visited Bridges by Epoch to present their works in person. 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
Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
Twelve-year-old Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger--it's the first time a teacher is going into space, and kids across America will watch the event on live TV in their classrooms. Nova and her big sister, Bridget, share a love of astronomy and the space program. They planned to watch the launch together. But Bridget has disappeared, and Nova is in a new foster home. While foster families and teachers dismiss Nova as severely autistic and nonverbal, Bridget understands how intelligent and special Nova is, and all that she can't express. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? 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.
Tweet of the Week
Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
Think your intergenerational program has what it takes to be among an elite group that's effectively connecting generations? Then we want to hear from you. Every year, we recognize outstanding intergenerational programs through the Program of Distinction designation. This designation, developed by national intergenerational experts and launched in 2010, serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program. The deadline to apply is Sept. 3, 2019. Contact Emily Patrick with any questions. Learn more
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Work Skills and Service Learning for Youth.  YouthBuild offers funding for organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth while they perform meaningful work and service to their communities. Deadline: Aug. 6, 2019. Learn more .

Support for Environmental and Financial Literacy Programs.  The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more
 
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to aking@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old. This report from Generations United and The Eisher Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country. Learn more .

GRAND Resource: Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use.   This resource from Generations United provides tips, practical information and a list of additional resources covering five topic areas - Practicing Self-Care; Addressing Childhood Trauma; Preventing Harmful Drug Use by Children; Engaging with Birth Parents; and Talking with a Child about their Birth Parent.  Learn more .

Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit. Generations United, in collaboration with LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston and with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation, released an 82-page toolkit. The resource contains practical information and templates to help housing providers and leaders at other organizations to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain intergenerational programs. Learn more.
Events
"International Advocacy Workshop." International Federation for Family Development. Budapest. Sept. 2-4, 2019. Learn more.
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"A country that does not take care of its children and old people is a country without soul." ~Unknown

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
  
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