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 Volume 14, Issue 10
March 6, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline did a story on states trying to entice new foster parents. The article quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Learn more.
  • In her GRAND Magazine article, our Policy and Program Coordinator Diane Roznowski  explains why grandparent caregivers should take self-care. "It's similar to the oxygen mask on an airplane," she notes. "You have to put yours on first to help others." Learn more.
Help Grandfamilies Attend the Generations United Conference
Generations United set up a Facebook fundraiser to help six grandfamily caregivers and young people raised in grandfamilies travel to and participate in Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference from June 12-14 in Portland, OR. Learn more and donate
Schreyer Honors College Adds to Distinguished Faculty Program
We congratulate our friend Matt Kaplan, professor of Agriculture and Extension Education at Penn State University! He's one of four faculty members added to  the Distinguished Honors Faculty Program (DHFP) at  Schreyer Honors College. The program provides an opportunity for Distinguished Honors Faculty and Schreyer Scholars to participate in innovative, interactive programs. Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. 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 !
Reserve Ad Space in Conference Program Book
Have a message to share with our conference attendees? Reserve a space in our program book! Some ways attendees make the most of ad space include:
  • Promoting new resources, publications, services, or events
  • Spotlighting workshops, symposia, poster sessions, roundtables
  • Paying tribute to influential leaders in the field
  • Celebrating recent milestones, partnerships, and more!
The State of Babies Yearbook is Here!
This resource, from  ZERO TO THREE , is the first of its kind Yearbook, which compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America's babies to help policymakers and advocates advance policies and budgets that put babies and families first. Learn more.
Listen to a Life Story Contest
Young people 8 to 18 years old can win big by interviewing a grandparent or grandfriend and writing a real-life story for the Legacy Project's 19th annual Listen to a Life Story Contest. Deadline is March 22. Learn more.
FrameWorks Institute Offers New Perspectives on Adolescent Development
In recent decades, scientists have made major breakthroughs in how we understand adolescent development. These findings hold implications for society. FrameWorks Institute's research is a part of a larger project studying how to help youth advocates make a stronger case for policy solutions that support positive development. Learn more.
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Just Add Magic
This family television series is loosely based on the book of the same name by Cindy Callaghan. It centers around Kelly and her two best friends, who stumble upon her grandmother's mysterious cookbook with recipes that are far from ordinary: they're magical. Attempting to use the recipes to release Kelly's grandmother from a powerful curse, they uncover more clues surrounding Grandma's mystery and learn each recipe comes with a hefty price. Bigger secrets are about to be unearthed when you Just Add Magic! 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
Intergenerational Model UN
Global issues are complex. Solutions will require the human community to work across every border that exists, including invisible ones like age. Developed between 2015-18 through a collaboration between the Yarmouth Council on Aging, led by Kathi Bailey, and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston, the Intergenerational Model UN actively and purposefully encourages participants to problem solves across countries and generations. As a result, it will serve as a catalyst for a globally-minded and age-friendly community. We thank our friend Kathi Bailey for her work in Yarmouth! 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
Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP). The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: June 12, 2019. Learn more.

Free BRIDGES Training. Teachers, librarians, staff from senior centers, senior housing and human service agencies and others are invited to apply for a grant to receive free training on the award-winning BRIDGES Intergenerational Program Curriculum so that they can implement BRIDGES in their own communities during the Spring, 2019.  Bridges Together will be awarding eight (8) communities with a BRIDGES program of their choice. Deadline: March 15, 2019. Learn more.

2019 Policy Innovations Challenge.  The National Academy of Social Insurance, in collaboration with AARP, have grants between $20,000 and $25,000 for three to five applicants with winning proposals that address the income  adequacy needs of older workers who must claim Social Security retirement benefits before their full retirement age due to poor health, an inability to continue to perform physically demanding jobs, or other factors. Deadline: March 29, 2019. Learn more.

Literacy Grants. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states through the Youth Literacy Grants. Deadline: May 16, 2019. Learn more.

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.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
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 .

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.

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 .

Illuminate Respite! ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition, and the New York State Office for the Aging. Buffalo, NY. April 30-May 2, 2019. Early bird rates available only until March 15, 2019. Register today! See the Conference Program and get more information on the Conference Website.

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.
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" Elders till and prepare the soil of the younger generations..." ~Brugh Joy, Avalanche: Heretical Reflections on the Dark and the Light (Ballantine, 1990)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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