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 Volume 15, Issue 3
January 22, 2020
In the News
  • NPR ran a story on intergenerational connections formed as a result of youth teaching tech to older adults. Our Executive Director Donna Butts was interviewed for the story. Learn more
  • The Winter Edition of GRAND Magazine is out! It includes an article from our Executive Director Donna Butts and Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent on the value of older adults getting vaccinated to protect the young people in their lives. Read the article.
Generations United GRAND Voice Member Wins Casey Family Programs Award!
Our GRAND Voices Member Victoria Gray was awarded Casey Family Programs "Excellence for Children Kinship Caregiver Award! She was among the six recipients recognized for their distinguished work, exceptional leadership and tireless dedication to improving the lives of children and families in America. Learn more and watch the highlight video on Victoria.
A Salute to Susanne Bleiberg Seperson! 
Our United Nations Rep  Susanne Seperson, PhD. , was among the three distinguished Guests of Honor saluted for their leadership at the recent Conference on Behavioral Research at Fordham University. The annual conference's theme was "31 years of promoting student research excellence and social justice" in behavioral research. Dr. Bleiberg Seperson's other honors include Higher Education Member of the Year from New York State United Teachers (2003), Ph.D. Alumni Association Special Achievement Award from the City University of New York Graduate Center (2005), and Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (2010). Learn more about her
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Antoinette Tisa (who gave in honor of Mabel Gertrude Bruneau) and  Princess Moss (who gave in honor of Jacqueline Marie Boyd-McMahon).  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 !
2019 Programs of Distinction
Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative
We made the announcement last week. Now, we'll introduce you to the programs. First Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative ! It's an independent organization located at Asbury Methodist Village, a large retirement community of 1,400 residents in Gaithersburg, MD. The initiative administers seven intergenerational programs involving 120-plus older adult volunteers and hundreds of participants. The initiative helps build resilience in vulnerable children and youth by focusing on social-emotional competency. Additionally, it improves the lives of families in the Gaithersburg area through advocacy work with Action in Montgomery, a community-based organization. 

Stay tuned to learn about Lakeshore Family Center Intergenerational Project next week!
New Name, Focus and Strategic Plan for the RRF Foundation for Aging
Congratulations to The Retirement Research Foundation, now known as RRF Foundation for Aging, for identifying four powerful areas on which to focus their support including social and intergenerational  connectedness! Find out more from their announcement . As the Foundation has said, we are stronger together!
Culture United
Sunnyside Plaza by Scott Simon
This young adult mystery by NPR host Scott Simon is based on his experiences as a teen, when he took a job in an assisted living facility in Chicago. He worked with people who had developmental disabilities. "It really opened my eyes into seeing the world differently," Simon said in an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. 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
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Pop Up Rapid Response Grants.  The Pop Culture Collaborative have grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 for organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive   positive  narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims.  Deadline: on a rolling basis. Learn more .

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
#Gen2Gen Cities. This report from (which sites our Executive Director Donna Butts and our Senior Fellows Nancy Henkin and Irv Katz) highlights intergenerational strategies for public sector innovators seeking solutions to community challenges. Learn more.

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.

Healthier Together. This infographic illustrates the important role vaccinations play in enabling older adults to be healthy providers of care for babies and children whether on a part time (child care) or full time (grandfamilies) basis. Download the full infographic
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. 
National Conference. Generations Working Together. Glasgow, Scotland. March 4, 2020. Learn more.

Save the Date! Moving Respite Forward. International Short Break Association (ISBA), ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. June 16-19, 2020. 

International Conference for Intergenerational Programs and Practices 2020. Japan Society for Intergenerational Studies & International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. Japan. Sept. 16-18, 2020. Learn more.
  • Stay tuned for more info on our Executive Director Donna Butts's presentation.
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"Helping a little kid is far more important than a 4-foot putt." ~Jack Nicklaus, golf legend, whose 80th birthday was yesterday.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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