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 Volume 14, Issue 43
Oct. 23, 2019
Generations United's 2021 International Conference: Request for Partners
Are you committed to growing and strengthening the intergenerational community of practice? Want to bring the best of the intergenerational field to your backyard? Generations United seeks potential partner(s) to co-convene the 21st Global International Intergenerational Conference in Summer 2021. Letters of Interest should be submitted by December 9, 2019. Learn more.
Our GRAND Voices members Sonya Begay (2nd from left) and Sarah Smalls (4th from right) with Rep. Karen Bass (4th from left), who co-chairs the House Caucus on Foster Youth.
Generations United's GRAND Voices Members Present to Members of House Caucus on Foster Youth 
Earlier this week, our GRAND Voices Members Sarah Smalls and Sonya Begay were invited to speak at the policy dinner for the House Caucus on Foster Youth. Both serve on the Federal Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, of which our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent is a co-chair. Sonya and Sarah shared their experiences as grandparents raising grandchildren with members of Congress and their staff.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our Board Member, Pam Smith, as well as our renewing member, Child Care of Aware, 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 !
Tweet of the Week
See additional highlights from Donna's presentation. 
Cool Ideas
Learning Groove
This intergenerational music program in the Westlock town of central Alberta in Canada is a partnership between the Pembina Lodge senior housing and the Westlock Community Daycare Society. "There's wiggles, and rhyming, and stomping, and creativity, and learning of life lessons," said Sarah Greenfield, who runs the program. "One of the things we really noticed was the development of confidence in the children as they interacted with the seniors at the lodges." 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.
Culture United
Singing with Momma Lou by Linda Jacobs Altman
Nine-year-old Tamika Jordan dreads visiting her grandmother at the nursing home. Momma Lou has Alzheimer's and always forgets who Tamika is. After her father shows her Momma Lou's scrapbooks, Tamika comes up with an idea to jog Momma Lou's memory. Tamika is successful in reaching her grandmother one day when Momma Lou recognizes a newspaper clipping of a Civil Rights demonstration and leads everybody in a celebration of song. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Academy Grants Program. The program is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in two areas: FilmWatch and FilmCraft grants that range from $5,000 to $20,000. FilmWatch supports curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies and other film-related organizations. FilmCraft support high-quality educational programs that identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019. Learn more
Support for Live Performance Projects Nationwide. MAP Fund grants support original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. . MAP awards $1 million annually, to up to 45 projects in the range of $10,000-$45,000 per grant. Deadline: Nov. 25, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Practice that transforms intergenerational programs: A model of theory - and evidence-informed principles.  This paper -- whose authors include  Jarrott, S. E., Stremmel, A. J., & Naar, J. J. -- is published in the new issue of the  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. Read the abstract. If you don't have access to the article through your libraries, contact Dr. Shannon Jarrott

Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit. The Toolkit offers three resources designed to meet the needs of program providers and researchers committed to demonstrating the impact of intergenerational programming and understanding the practices by which outcomes are achieved. Their use can help advocates improve, expand, and sustain intergenerational opportunities in every community.  Learn more

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 .
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. 
Tribute to Dr. Gene Cohen. The Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. Washington, DC. Nov. 1, 2019. Learn more.

State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event. Generations United. Washington, DC. Nov. 13, 2019. 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.
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"I think that's the way it should be, that each generation has the experience of different ages around them." ~Debbie Reynolds, the late actress, singer and businesswoman

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Alan King
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