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 Volume 14, Issue 4
January 23, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • A Washington Post magazine story highlighted the Plaza West apartments in DC, which has over 50 units reserved for grandparents raising grandchildren. The article also quotes Donna Butts and our GrAND Member Olivia Chase. Read the piece
Just Announced: New York Times Bestselling Author to Speak at Conference Kick-Off Reception
We're thrilled to announce that Chip Conley, entrepreneur and strategic advisor for Airbnb, will speak at the kick-off reception for Bridging the Generations, the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference in Portland, OR! The bestselling author will share his insight on the value of engaging an intergenerational workforce and share reflections from his new book,  Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. See the schedule of events
National Comparison Chart on Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care
This chart -- which accompanies our brief , funded by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption -- is designed to help kinship foster parents compare adoption and guardianship as two options that they and the children in their care can pursue to exit foster care and create permanent families. 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 !
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.    
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Cool Ideas
Village of Hope
Our friend, Dr. Bill Thomas and and the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging (CCAAA) are transforming 23 acres of woods and a former elementary school into a dementia-friendly series of neighborhoods for people of all ages and abilities, called Village of Hope. 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
True Detective
Season 3 of True Detective plays out in three separate time periods, telling the story of the 1980 disappearance of a young Arkansas boy and his sister, and a mystery that deepens over decades. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, who stars as state police detective Wayne Hays, plays himself in three different decades. What started as a routine investigation becomes a long journey to dissect and make sense of the crime. 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
Request for Proposals. The Retirement Research Foundation, one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, is offering a request for proposals for efforts that improve access to quality, community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: May 1, 2019.  Learn more.

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
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.

Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic (Updated).  The amended report shows that -- overall -- foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The report includes recommendations on how to connect grandfamilies to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive. Learn more.

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation  includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites .   Learn more .
Kinship Traditions of Caring and Collaborating: A Trauma-Informed Model of Practice. Child Welfare League of America and Arizona State University. Phoenix, AZ. Feb. 6-8, 2019.  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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"When we go to visit old people, it's like we take the on a magic carpet ride, and we can take them anywhere."  ~a young person in the Magic Me program

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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