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 Volume 14, Issue 33
Aug. 14, 2019
It's Our Birthday!
Thirty-three years ago, Generations United was founded, as the late Jack Ossofsky put it, "to argue for a caring society." And that continues to be the basis of our work and our mission. The above photo is of our staff at our 30th anniversary! See more highlights from that celebration
Take Action for Grandparents Day!
Grandparents Day is next month! This year's theme is " Dig in! Bringing generations to the table ." The week leading up to Grandparents Day, Generations United and our national partners will share resources and ideas from intergenerational programs and activities related to nutrition and healthy food access. Follow #DoSomethingGrand to stay connected. Learn more .
Episode 5 of our podcast is up!
In this episode, our Executive Director Donna Butts interviewed our longtime friend, Joan Lombardi, an international expert on child development and social policy. Joan discussed the role of community elders in being changemakers for children and youth. She also talked about family separation at the border. Listen to Episode 5.
Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
Think your intergenerational program has what it takes to be among an elite group that's effectively connecting generations? Then we want to hear from you. Every year, we recognize outstanding intergenerational programs through the Program of Distinction designation. This designation, developed by national intergenerational experts and launched in 2010, serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program. The deadline to apply is Sept. 3, 2019. Contact Emily Patrick with any questions. Learn more
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Bridging the LGBTQ Generation Gap
More than 60 percent of LGBTQ elders report feeling an isolating lack of companionship; two in five feel disconnected from the younger LGBTQ community. In memory of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the filmmaker Ivan Cash brought pairs of LGBTQ-identifying people of different ages together to explore their similarities and differences. His short documentary-a shorter version of which appears in Airbnb's World Pride campaign-pairs older members of the community with younger ones. The conversations are intimate, revealing, and sometimes difficult. 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.
Cool Ideas
Intergenerational Programs at School One
The intergenerational programs at the Providence, RI-based School One brings together older adults and School One students to create art, stories, and foster shared understandings. Since they program launched in 2016 -- with funding from the Aroha Philanthropies and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts -- they have offered a variety of opportunities for storytelling, performance, art making, and discussion. 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.
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 !
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Senior Corps RSVP Grants. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) intends to fund Senior Corps RSVP grants that support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures in disaster, education, economic opportunity, environment, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Notice of Intent due by Aug. 30, 2019. Applications due by Sept. 25, 2019. Learn more.

Request for Proposals: Pregnancy Prevention Program(s). The MITRE Corporation is seeking proposals for replicating school-based, after-school-based, or community-based pregnancy prevention programs that have been rigorously evaluated and proven effective to reduce teenage pregnancy, behavioral risk factors underlying teenage pregnancy, or other associated risk factors. Deadline: Aug. 19, 2019. Learn more.

Support for Environmental and Financial Literacy Programs.  The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Cultivating a Community of Champions for Children. This report by W.K. Kellogg Foundation shows how equity-based family engagement helps parents and caretakers in underserved communities become effective advocates and culture-bearers in schools. We're honored to have our work highlighted throughout this publication. Learn more.

The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old. This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country. 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.
"International Advocacy Workshop." International Federation for Family Development. Budapest. Sept. 2-4, 2019. Learn more.
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"We believe that the time is long past when advocates for children, families, and [older adults] can afford separate agendas. We foresee a new and brighter America when organizations ...can join forces to strengthen our communities. That is exactly what Generations United intends to do." ~Jack Ossofsky at the August 1986 news conference announcing the formation of Generations United.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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