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 Volume 14, Issue 6
February 6, 2019
Generations United and NYU a Finalist in Stanford Center on Longevity 2018-2019 Design Challenge!

The Stanford Center on Longevity recently announced eight finalist teams for its 2018-19 Design Challenge, which is open to student submissions from any accredited university worldwide. This year's competition attracted 97 submissions from teams representing 24 countries across the globe. Generations United and New York University's i2 Housing, submitted by NYU, is among the finalists. The project is a program and related app targeting the issues of student debt and isolation in the older population with a single solution built around shared intergenerational housing. See the full list of finalists.
Generations United in the News
  • People magazine reported on how the opioid crisis is changing the American family, especially with grandparents raising grandchildren. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • WAMU 88.5 reported on a story about Maryland immigrant parents now able to officially designate guardians for their children. The story cited Generations United. Learn more
  • The Valley Courier honored the grandparents of children left behind because of the opiate addiction, overdose and death of their parents. The piece quotes Donna. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank the Gary and Mary West Foundation and the Rowe Family Foundation   for their support. We also thank Lisa Slattery, who gave in honor of intergenerational programs and collocated daycare/elder care centers Together,  we are building a world that values all generations! 
Cool Ideas
Phoenix Commotion
Dan Phillips teaches young people marketable skills. The young apprentices work with him on storybook-inspired homes he builds, using 80% recycled materials, for people who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford to own a home. 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.
Nominations Now Open for Generations United Awards
Generations United is now accepting nominations for multiple awards to be presented throughout our conference in June. Consider nominating an individual, team, organization, or community group for their outstanding contributions to the fields of intergenerational work and grandfamilies. The deadline for award submission is February 22, 2019. Learn more about the awards and submit your nomination.    
Culture United
As a family grows, so does its capacity for love, for dreams, and for hope. Two lions celebrate their grandchild and express all the ways this new life has expanded their world, and the hope they hold for his future. A companion to Matthew Cordell's stunning Wish and Dream, this picture book picks up with a new animal family celebrating their little one. 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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Intergenerational Funding Opportunity.   How to Live Forever , a new book by President and CEO Marc Freedman, placed #1 on the Wall Street Journal's list of best books on aging well. Inspired by the book's theme of intergenerational connection, is giving 25 grants of up to $250 to individuals and organizations with fun and creative ideas to connect the generations and help kids thrive.  Learn more and apply   today!

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
Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs.  This resource from Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, contributes to the goal of establishing a new national baseline of shared site intergenerational programs. The study results were incorporated into All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive , a report issued by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Learn more about the survey.  

GRAND Resource: Help for Grandfamilies impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use. This resource from Generations United provides tips, practical information and a list of additional resources covering five topic areas - Practicing Self-Care; Addressing Childhood Trauma; Preventing Harmful Drug Use by Children; Engaging with Birth Parents; and Talking with a Child about their Birth Parent. Learn more.

Brief: Frames That Inform Intergenerational Work. The intent of this brief is to increase awareness of the fact that people come at intergenerational issues from different vantage points and "frames." The brief also points out areas of commonality relative to perceptions and framing of these fields that can and should influence how we make the case for intergenerational programs, policies and planning. Learn more .

Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration. This report highlights grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent's detention or deportation. The challenges they face include restricted access to support and services to help meet the children's needs, language barriers, and fear of government agencies. Learn more.
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more
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"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." ~Charles Swindoll (Clergyman)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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