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 Volume 15, Issue 28
July 15, 2020
In the News
  • In her article for the National Recreation and Park Association's blog, our Senior Manager Emily Patrick explains how to connect young and old when we can't be together during the COVID-19 quarantine. Read Emily's piece
Survey on Generations United's 2021 Global Intergenerational Conference
For more than 20 years, Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference has brought together leaders, educators, and advocates from around the world to learn, connect, and share innovative practices and programs in the intergenerational field. We recognize the critical importance of using an intergenerational lens to tackle the unprecedented issues that are facing the world today.
Given the current pandemic, Generations United is exploring options for our 2021 Global Intergenerational Conference. We are looking for input from our network regarding preferences for an in-person or virtual convening in summer 2021, and we ask that you  complete a brief survey to share your feedback.  Take the survey.
Join our Grandfamilies Team!
Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies is seeking a Special Projects Coordinator to join our results-oriented team and be a part of building on a 20-year legacy of working on behalf of and with grandfamilies (aka grandparents and other relatives raising children). The ideal candidate will have experience working with race equity issues and be deeply committed to intergenerational families and programs. See the full job posting.
Episode 13 of The Generations United Podcast is Now Live!
In this Episode, our Executive Director  Donna Butts speaks with our GRAND Voice Member Robyn Wind-Tiger , who highlights the need for cultural competent resources for American Indian and Alaskan Natives. She points to her own stories of the racial inequities experienced by her, her dad, and grandfather. The episode also highlights Generations United's upcoming toolkits featuring grandfamilies-related content on the racism, bias and injustice in the juvenile justice system, policing and courts and how it impacts Black and Brown boys, men, their families and those who care about them. Listen to the episode
Tweet of the Week
New online show with Kairos and MN Orchestra
Kairos Alive! is thrilled to kick off their first National Endowment for the Arts grant, transformed to the digital dance floor, in collaboration with MN Orchestra, streaming across MN and the country via Zoom! Call your Grandma, grandkid, brother, friend or neighbor and meet them on the Zoom dance floor. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. T ogether, 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 !
Culture United
Grandparents Rock: The Grandparenting Guide for the Rock-N-Roll Generation
Incredible as it may seem (at least to them!) the largest generation in American history is now grandparents. What's more, for Baby Boomers this transition has a completely different meaning than it's had for past generations. Through their grandchildren, Boomers are reconnecting with their youth rather than saying goodbye to it. And as Pat Burns reveals through scores of interviews with 21st century grandparents, they're finding exciting, truly imaginative ways of learning, growing, and having a ball with the newest members of their families. 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.
Cool Ideas
Letters Against Isolation
Worried about their beloved grandparents during the current COVID-19 self-isolation, Shreya and Saffron Patel called them every day. This got them to thinking of older adults who aren't fortunate enough to have anyone checking in on them. So they decided to spread some joy and write handwritten letters to residents of assisted living facilities and care homes. When growing demand for letters outpaced us, the sisters started Letters Against Isolation. 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
Mobilize Power Fund. Third Wave Fund provides grants for youth-led and intergenerational groups who are taking on this country's most challenging issues. Grants range up to $10,000 for individual organizations and up to $20,000 for coalitions and partnerships. Deadline: August 4, 2020. Learn more

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.  

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
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.

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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"May the force be with you is charming but it's not important. What's important is that you become the force-for yourself and perhaps for other people." ~Harrison Ford, who turned 78 on Monday.

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Alan King

Communications Specialist

Generations United

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