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 Volume 13, Issue 11
March 14, 2018
Generations United in the News
  • In her story for The Fix, Victoria Kim highlighted the rate of opioid overdose-related hospitalizations for children. The article also quoted Donna Butts. Learn more.
Seed Grants Available for Programs that Support Grandfamilies
We're thrilled that our long-time partner, The Brookdale Foundation, will award grants of $15,000 each to 15 programs that create or expand supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children!
Deadline: June 13, 2018. Learn more
Generations United at the Aging in San Francisco!
Going to American Society on Aging's conference? Don't miss our Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig! She's leading a panel that includes some of our intergenerational Programs of Distinction on Tues., March 27, 9-10:30 AM. Sheri will also co-facilitate an intergenerational peer group on  Wed., March 28, 6-7 PM
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new member, Thrive-Alliance Foster Grandparent Program, for their contribution 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 !
Deadline to Apply is This Friday! 
Our internships -- beginning in late spring/early summer in Washington, DC -- provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. Stipends available.  Deadline to apply is Friday. Learn more.
Please Take The Survey Now!
Last month, we sent out a link to a national survey of organizations delivering (and those interested in) intergenerational programs, especially shared site where both older and younger people receive services at the same building or campus. 

The survey is part of a project Generations United  is leading with The Ohio State University , thanks to support from The Eisner Foundation If you already took the survey -- THANK YOU!  If not, please try to find 15 minutes to do so.  The Survey must be completed no later than March 30, 2018. 

Your input is very important! The results will be included in a report to be released at an event in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2018. Contact  Sheri Steinig  and Dr. Shannon Jarrott with any questions. Take The Survey Now.
Webinar on How the Family First Prevention Services Act will Impact Grandfamilies
Do you work with grandparents and other relatives raising related children? If so, your work will be impacted by the recently passed Family First Prevention Services Act. Join Generations United at 2:00 PM ET (1:00 PM CT, 12:00 PM MT, 11:00 AM PT) on March 20th for a webinar to learn how this legislation will affect the work of your organization, the families you serve, and how you can be best prepared for the pending changes to federal funding. Register today .
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Culture United
Islandborn by Junot Díaz
So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island-she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories-joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening-Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.  As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: "Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you." Learn more.

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.
Cool Ideas
Bates Middle School's Intergenerational Conversations
Bates Middle School's monthly intergenerational conversations started out with a discipline referral of a student a few years ago, when a Bates student got into serious trouble. The school called the kid's grandmother, with whom he lived. During the visit, the grandmother shared with the principal and her grandson that the boy's problem reminded her of a pivotal moment in her own life. 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
2018 Public Art Challenge. Bloomberg Philanthropies encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significan urban issues. The program supports temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations and strengthen local economies. U.S. cities are required to have 30,000 residents or more to apply. Deadline: April 19, 2018. Learn more.

The Silver Foundation's Transitional Youth Development Grant Program.  The Silver Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Washington that help youth reach their full potential through mentorship, high school completion, college and post-secondary preparation and experiential education. Programs must offer offer in-depth, long-term investments and opportunities for motivated, low-income youth. Deadline: March 31, 2018. Learn more .  

Art Works Grant. The National Endowment for the Arts support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Second Art Works Deadline: July 12, 2018.  Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
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.
2018 Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging.  San Francisco, CA. March 26-29, 2018.  Learn more .

National Positive Aging Conference. Masterpiece Living. Philadelphia, PA. April 3-4, 2018. (Generations United members and newsletter subscribers get $100 off the $475 registration fee. Contact Rick Moody for the promo code).  Learn more.

Save the Date for "All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive. Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Washington, DC. June 5, 2018. Learn more.

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more.
"The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities." ~Stephen Hawking, the late physicist, author and former director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge; RIP

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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