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from Generations United

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 Volume 14, Issue 27
July 3, 2019
In the News
  • Northern Virginia Magazine highlighted local intergenerational programs. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts and our friend Dr. Shannon Jarrott, a professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Check it out.
  • The Star Tribune highlighted two intergenerational shared sites in the greater Minneapolis region. The article also quotes Donna. Read the article.
  • The Chronicle of Social Change reported on The Eisner Foundation providing $1 Million for programs tying youth and seniors. The article also quotes Donna and cites our 2019 report with The Eisner Foundation. Learn more.
Recording of the Friday Forum at our Conference Now Available! 
How do we leverage the strength of relationships among different generations to positively impact our communities, schools, workplaces, and health care? Generations United and Bridge Meadows partnered with City Club of Portland to explore these issues in a special closing plenary at our 20th Global Intergenerational Conference. Check out a live recording of the panel discussion, featuring experts from around the world, including Vicki Titterington (Linking Generations Northern Ireland), Dr. Bill Thomas (ChangingAging), Marc Freedman (, as well as remarks from moderator Cathy Marshall (News Anchor, KGW) and Generations United's very own Donna Butts. Watch the recording.
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
Generations United Podcast
Join our host Donna Butts on The Generations United Podcast for candid and lively conversations with luminaries in the intergenerational field such as's CEO Marc Freedman (Ep. 2). Washington Post syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary also appears as a guest in a podcast episode.  Tune in to learn how to strengthen our communities and improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational relationships. Check it out
Tweet of the Week
Cool Ideas
P.S. Arts
Founded in 1991, P.S. ARTS works to supplement arts education in California public schools. When they formed the Engaging All Ages in Service and Learning initiative in 2017, they brought together an Intergenerational Volunteer Corps with intergenerational art-making and advocacy events. Now, Family Art Nights, Intergenerational Arts Experiences, and Community Theater Intensives are all benefiting from this new Intergenerational Volunteer Corps, and are growing in size and scope. Read more. Learn more about P.S. Arts

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
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
In honor of its 50th anniversary, which was yesterday, we're remembering The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The book, published in 1965, tells the story of a caterpillar that gorges on his favorite foods for five days, gets a belly ache, then recovers. He's spin a cocoon around himself and emerges as a beautiful butterfly. In a video, Eric -- now 89 -- explains what he thinks is the book's success. "I think it's a book of hope. Children need hope." Learn more. Read NPR's story on the book's anniversary.

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.
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 !
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 Local Archives in Marginalized Communities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications program has issued a call for proposals to community-based archives in the United States and its territories that represent and serve marginalized communities. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be provided to organizations with an annual operating budget of no more than $1 million. Deadline: July 1, 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
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
PolicySource. This resource from the National Human Services Assembly is an innovative tool to inform the human service sector, and general public, about federal legislation impacting youth, families, people with disabilities, and older adults. Learn more.

The 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book. This 30th edition from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that child well-being in the U.S. has improved esp. in areas such as teen birth rate, kids with health insurance & record-high teen graduation rates. But, as the publication suggest, there's still more work to do. 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 Eisher Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country. Learn more.

New Toolkit Helps Child Welfare Leaders Promote Family First Law. This toolkit from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is designed to help child welfare leaders and advocates talk about how the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) can improve outcomes for children and families. The toolkit offers talking points on the benefits of the Family First law and tips for media interviews. Learn more .
"International Advocacy Workshop." International Federation for Family Development. Budapest. Sept. 2-4, 2019. Learn more.
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"You, little...caterpillar, can grow up into a beautiful butterfly and fly into the world with your talent." ~Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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