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 Volume 13, Issue 18
May 2, 2018
GrAND Members Shared Joys, Challenges of Raising Grandchildren
Yesterday, 24 GrAND members traveled from across the country to D.C. for an advocacy training facilitated by Generations United and the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). The training was part of a multi-year initiative Generations United started with NICWA and A Second  Chance, Inc. to help elevated the voices, perspectives and expertise of African American, American Indian and Alaska Native grandfamilies. Read the recap from yesterday's advocacy boot camp. 
Generations United in the News  
  • News Channel 3 WEARTV reported on grandparents skipping retirement to raise grandchildren because of the opioid crisis. The story cited our grandfamily reports. Learn more.
Less Than One Week Until Strolling ThunderTM!
Are you ready to stroll? Strolling Thunder™ is just one week away, and you are invited to join ZERO TO THREE's  rally on Capitol Hill to make sure Congress hears their Think Babies™ message! ZERO TO THREE provides you can get involved on Capitol hill, or bac at home! Learn more.
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 !
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Culture United
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
A South Carolina lawyer, researching her grandmother's past, learns about a Tennessee orphanage that, in the 1930s, kidnapped children and placed them for adoption with wealthy people. Among those children were Rill Foss, who was 12 at the time, and her four younger siblings whose lives changed one stormy night, when their father had to rush their mother to the hospital. Rill is left in charge until strangers arrive in force, wrenching the Foss children from all that is familiar and throwing them into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. 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
Isabella Early Childhood Education Center
The Isabella Early Childhood Education Center in New York partners with the Therapeutic Recreation Department to pioneer a new concept in intergenerational programs. The result is an innovative, award-winning program which succeeds in giving infants, toddlers and preschoolers through age 5 an intellectual and social head start in life while developing their language, physical, social and emotional skills. 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
Gen2Gen Encore Prize.  The Gen2Gen Encore Prize, offering $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support, is looking for innovative programs, products and services to tap the talent of 50+ adults to help young people thrive.  Deadline: May 25, 2018.   Learn more .

Innovation@Home Age-friendly Housing Contest.  Grantmakers In Aging -- in collaboration with the WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities and funding support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- launched a competition and call for age-friendly housing practices. The effort is designed to inspire action around the world by highlighting efforts that expand housing options, modify homes and living spaces, and facilitate access to transportation, shopping, health and long-term care services. Deadline: May 15 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.

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

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.
Strolling Thunder. ZERO TO THREE. Washington, DC. May 8, 2018.  Learn more.

"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.
Spending time with young musicians is "like a bottle of vitamins." ~Suzie Kovner, co-chair of The Kovner Foundation

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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