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 Volume 15, Issue 4
January 29, 2020
In the News
  • Lake County News Chronicle ran a story on Chris Langenbrunner's upcoming retirement. The article mentioned Generations United's Best Intergenerational Community Award. Congratulations to a tremendous intergenerational champion! Read the article.
Webinar: Adoption vs. Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Making Informed Decisions 
Join Generations United on Thurs., Feb. 27, at 3 PM EST for this webinar, supported by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Participants will learn about adoption and guardianship, how they differ and how trends in state laws impact these options. Learn more and register today.
2019 Programs of Distinction
Lakeshore Family Center Intergenerational Project
This  shared site intergenerational program in Irving, NY provides full-day childcare for children six week through twelve years of age, while offering social model adult day care to serve older adults with a variety of physical, psychological, and social needs. Shared activities include baking, sewing, bingo, exercise, music, and crafts. These friendships are strengthened in the relaxed, home-like environment of the Center. In addition to regular planned activities, both children and adults (affectionately known as "grandmas" and "grandpas") enjoy spontaneous time together during the day.

Stay tuned to learn about LinkAGES Colorado  next week! See our full list of Programs of Distinction.
Book Announcement
Intergenerational Contact Zones: Place-based Strategies for Promoting Social Inclusion and Belonging
This book (edited by Matt Kaplan, Leng Leng Thang, Mariano Sánchez, and Jaco Hoffman) introduces novel ways of thinking about, planning, and designing intergenerationally-enriched environments. It's filled with vivid examples of how applications of the concept of "intergenerational Contact Zones" could breathe new life into community settings. The book comes out on March 4, 2020. Learn more.
Jack Levine to Receive Advocacy Award
Congrats to our longtime colleague Jack Levine, who's receiving the Chiles Advocacy Award from the Children's Week Committee. The award is presented to a Floridian who has dedicated his or her life to improving the lives of children and 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 !
Tues., April 28, 2020 - Mon., June 15, 2020
International Certificate in Intergenerational Learning - Edition 5
In partnership with the University of Granada-Enterprise General Foundation, Generations Working Together (GWT) is delighted to offer this accredited online course. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of intergenerational work, its purpose, impact and practical application to enable them to apply this within their own work. Learn more.
Culture United
La Luna
This Pixar-animated short, featured at the beginning of Disney/Pixar's Brave, is a coming of age story of a young boy, Bambino, who goes out one night to work with his father and grandfather. When he learns that the family business is far from ordinary, he must choose between the traditions of his father, grandfather, or find his own way. Watch the short.

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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Youth Service Zone Grants. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, YSA's Youth Service Zone grants offer grants of up to $15,000 to help organizations and schools work collaboratively to increase the youth volunteer rates in their community. Collaboratives of three organizations leading efforts in communities, regions, or states with at least 100,000 residents are eligible to apply. Deadline: March 27, 2020. 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
A Place to Call Home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies.   This sixth edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report detailed the housing challenges these families face and highlighted innovative programs that offer potential for nationwide expansion. Learn more.

Healthier Together. This infographic illustrates the important role vaccinations play in enabling older adults to be healthy providers of care for babies and children whether on a part time (child care) or full time (grandfamilies) basis. Download the full infographic
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. 
National Conference. Generations Working Together. Glasgow, Scotland. March 4, 2020. 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. 

International Conference for Intergenerational Programs and Practices 2020. Japan Society for Intergenerational Studies & International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. Japan. Sept. 16-18, 2020. Learn more.
  • Stay tuned for more info on our Executive Director Donna Butts's presentation.
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"...I am where I am today because my grandmother gave me the foundation for success that I was allowed to continue to build upon. My grandmother taught me to read, and that opened the door to all kinds of possibilities for me." ~Oprah Winfrey, whose 66th birthday is today! (see the meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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