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 Volume 13, Issue 28
July 11, 2018
The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act Signed into Law 
On Monday, the president signed the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act into law. First introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the law will create a federal advisory council to support grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren and create a one stop shop for information for the families.  Learn more .
Generations United in the News
  • In her piece for Next Avenue, Donna Butts explains how the new Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren law will help the more than 2.5 million grandparents raising grandchildren. Learn more.
  • New York Times columnist Paula Span shared the joys of grandparenting. She saluted grandparents raising grandchildren and shouted out Generations United! Read Paula's column.
  • In her piece for GRAND Magazine, our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent highlighted three ways the Family First Prevention Services Act helps grandfamilies . Learn more.
  • During her interview on BYUradio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose, Donna discussed our i-Squared program coming this fall and highlighted our report with The Eisner FoundationListen to the recording
  • Spectrum News in Rochester, NY, featured our GrAND member Linda James in their story, "Parenting Again After Losing a Child to the Opioid Epidemic." Learn more.
Jaia Peterson Lent
Generations United at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
If you're in or near D.C. on July 26, don't miss our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent, who's presenting on grandparents and other relatives raising children who experienced trauma. She'll be joined by  Cori Matthew, director of Policy and Programs at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), and Ruth Fox, CEO of Allegheny Family Network. Learn more.  
Meet Our Summer Intern                
We're thrilled to have Danica Derriennic as part of our team this summer! She's a rising senior at Boston University, who's studying International Relations and English Literature. Her experience has taken her around the world. We're enjoying her energy and fresh ideas. You can learn more about her from introductory blog post. So, meet Danica!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member, Bridges Together, and our new member, ViewHomes of Clark County, 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 !
Webinar - Planning Your Kinship Navigator Program Evaluation to Meet Federal Funding Requirements
Our Ana Beltran and Jaia Peterson Lent along with expert evaluators of kinship programs will be presenting in a webinar at 1 PM ET on Mon., July 16. The webinar will provide resources to help kinship navigator programs meet the requirements for new funding opportunities in the Family First Prevention Services Act. Learn more and register today!
Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI): Intergenerational Initiative
LGNI announced that their Intergenerational Initiative*, which allows them to support organizations engage all ages in April, received an overwhelming response of 77 applications from across Northern Ireland. They selected 49 grantees and will post the report of the #Allagesapril 2018 will posted to their site soon. In the meantime, you can this short video of highlights from this year's grant period.  

*The intergenerational Initiative is funded by the Public Health Agency and allows LGNI to provide small grants of  £150 (nearly $200 U.S.) to qualifying grantees. 
Video Series Offers Simple Intro to Collecting and Using Data to Build 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. For people who are already experts, these videos are a great tool for starting a conversation with others about program effectiveness and evaluation. Learn more.
Cool Ideas
'Make and Mend' Intergenerational Craft Cafe in Liverpool, England
This project, which BBC News highlighted, is housed at Everton Children's Centre where older and younger people can share traditional skills from baking and sewing to fixing bicycles. It's the first of its kind in the UK. There are plans to roll out craft cafes across Liverpool with support from city organizations. 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.
An Exciting New Grandfamilies Housing Program in DC
Plaza West is a new 12-story, 223-unit apartment building at 1035 4th Street NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Fifty of the units, consisting of two- and three-bedroom units, are targeted to grandparents raising grandchildren. They also have a Community Life Team, which helps grandparents as they handle daily parenting and meet family needs through support services, workshops and social activities. Learn more
Culture United
Queer Eye
This Netflix reboot highlighted intergenerational and kinship care issues. In Season 1, Episode 1, "You Can't Fix Ugly," a grandfather gets a makeover partially to be healthier and get more involved in his grandson's life.  Season 2, Episode 7, "Bedazzled," features a teen raised by his godmother. Learn more about the show

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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AARP Foundation
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
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.

Funding for Kinship Navigator Programs.  The Administration for Children and Families released their Program Instruction for states, territories and tribes operating Title IV-E programs to apply for FY 2018 funds to develop, enhance or evaluate kinship navigator programs. Deadline: July 20, 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 .

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.

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.
"These are my children. I take them to be mine, and I'm so grateful because they're all brilliant. They keep this old girl young." ~Mavis Staples on her countless younger collaborators. She turned 79 yesterday. 

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
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