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 Volume 13, Issue 46
November 14, 2018
In the News
  • WAMU did a story this morning on the Plaza West apartments in DC, which reserved over 50 units for grandparents raising grandchildren. The article cites a Generations United study. Learn more.
Save $100! Registration Now Open for our Global Intergenerational Conference!
Planning to meet us in Portland, OR, in June for the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference? Take advantage of the lowest possible registration rate when you  register by Feb. 15, 2018! Register now
Congrats to our 2018 Programs of Distinction Designees!
We are thrilled to announce that the following programs have been selected for the 3-year designation:  Family Friends Program at Temple University's Intergenerational Center, JABA's Friends in Schools Helping (FISH) Program , Link Generations , STEP - Sharing Teens and Elders Project , and The UNISON-Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Tutor Program . Learn more about our Programs of Distinction designation. Over the next few weeks, stay tuned to learn more about each program. 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank Sodexo, Inc. and our renewing member, Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition, 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 !
Important Notice Regarding Conference Sessions
We just recently learned that there was a glitch early October in our session submission platform for Bridging the Generations, Generations United's 20th Biennial Global Intergenerational Conference co-hosted by Bridge Meadows. This issue seems to have been resolved in mid-October, but we are concerned that we did not receive all proposals submitted during this time period. We sent a confirmation to all presenters in our system on Fri., Nov 9. If you submitted a proposal and did not receive confirmation,  please email Sheri Steinig at as soon as possible. We will work with you to make sure your proposals are in the system. Due to this glitch, we are extending the deadline for submissions to Nov. 16, 2018 . Submit your proposal.
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Cool Ideas
Shepherd Speaks
Shepherds Speaks, which recently launched at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV, is based on the StoryCorp model, which encourages interpersonal storytelling between two people. The students draw names of older community members to pair up with. A couple of groups at a time go into separate rooms in the library to ask each other questions and share stories in their responses. 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
Grandma's Hands
Grandma's Hands, a picture book by Rolanda T. Pyle, tells the story of Shonda, who's heartbroken are her mother passes away. She and her siblings have to move away to live with her grandmother, which means she will miss her friends and her favorite teacher, Ms. Harris. Shonda's teacher tells her a story that changes her perspective of living with Big Mama. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Participate in the 2019 Youth Employment Success cohort. The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is seeking five programs from across the country that are interested in starting or expanding initiatives on financial capability for young adults participating in job readiness programs. Programs that are selected to participate will benefit from early access to training on a new tool to help young adults manage their transportation options and costs and a chance to provide input on how the tool is developed. Deadline: Nov. 26, 2018. Learn more.

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. An initiative of the Bruner Foundation, the Award discovers and celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design along with their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities .. The Gold Medal winner will receive a $50,000 award, and four Silver Medal winners will receive $10,000 each. Deadline: Dec. 12, 2018. Learn more

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 .
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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"The future of today's young is the last report card for today's old. Our fates are shared, even if we don't look alike. That's not just my opinion. In this great, big, mixed-up country of ours, it's what most Americans think."  ~Paul Taylor, author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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