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 Volume 14, Issue 39
Sept. 25, 2019
(l-r): our board chair Matthew Melmed (executive director of ZERO TO THREE), Adam Hlava, Alan King, and our Executive Director  Donna Butts .

Staff Celebrations
Last week, our staff and board honored three work milestones at our board meeting. Those included our longtime Special Advisor Ana Beltran, who's been with Generations United for over 20 years. Our Finance and Operations Manager Adam Hlava celebrated almost eight years. It's been nearly six years for our Communications Specialist Alan King.
Generations United in the News
  • Bloomberg Businessweek ran a piece on baby boomers staying connected to the younger generation. The story highlighted our 2018 report with The Eisner Foundation! Learn more.
  • TODAY's TMJ4 profiled our Grand Voice Member Santana Lee and highlighted her All4Kidz program, which offers support and provides services for youth in the foster care system. Santana, who's from Milwaukee, attended our 2017 conference there, where she got a chance to speak with her elected official Senator Tammy Baldwin. Learn more about Santana.
Our Board Member Gerry Hyland Gets a Building Named After Him
Last week's special naming and dedication ceremony in Fairfax County, Virginia, was in honor Gerry's leadership, commitment to community, and decades of public service. As a member of the Fairfax County, Virginia Board of Supervisors, he served Mount Vernon District residents from 1988-2015 and was known as "a leader who listens." Learn more.
New Speakers Added to This Evening's Capitol Hill Release of The Best of Both Worlds!
This evening's speakers include U.S. Senator Bob Casey (PA), Lance Robertson (assistant secretary for Aging and administrator at the Administration for Community Living), Trent Stamp (CEO at The Eisner Foundation), Donna Butts (executive director at Generations United), and Diane Beckley (COO at St. Ann center for Intergenerational Care - Bucyrus Campus). If you haven't registered, you still can. Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation to learn how public policies, including the Older Americans Act, can encourage spaces and places for all ages.  Enjoy food and beverages while hearing report highlights and stories from shared site programs. If you can't attend, follow #IGSharedSites on Twitter for highlights.  Register today .
Grounds Pass Required for Next Week's UN Event
Next Fri., Oct. 4, is the Inaugural Meeting of the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, of which  Generations United is a co-founder. If you are planning to attend the event at the United Nations Headquarters, but do not have the required pass, our UN Rep Kevin Brabazon can arrange to get you a temporary pass issued in your name. Kevin needs to hear from you by the end of the day on Thurs., Sept. 27. Email our Communications Specialist Alan King  and he'll put you in touch.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing partner, Bridge Meadows, 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 !
Episode 7 is Up!
In this episode of The Generations United Podcast, ZERO TO THREE's Rebecca Parlakian (senior director of Programs) and Kathy Kinsner (senior manager of Parent Resources) discuss the critical role grandparents play in filling the gap as parents struggle to provide the best affordable care for their children. They're joined by Althea Sachs, a grandparent in the Los Angeles area, who gives a first-hand perspective on providing child care for her 5-year-old grandson, Etan, and an 18-month-old granddaughter. Listen to the episode
Highlights from our Office Warming!
We had a blast last week! If you missed it or want to revisit awesome moments from that event, you can! Check out brief recap.
An Online Course Offers International Certificate in Intergenerational Learning
In partnership with Generations Working Together (GWT), the University of Granada-Enterprise General Foundation is delighted to be able to offer another opportunity to participate in this accredited online course, which starts Nov. 5. The course is aimed at anyone who wants to 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
Opening for a Leadership Position at a Rockville, MD-based Intergenerational Organization
The Heyman Interages Center at JCA has an opening for leadership position. The successful applicant will manage local educational and service programs that foster caring and supportive partnerships between older adults and youth. See the full job description.
Share Your Story for a Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card!
Family Voices United -- a collaborative effort by Casey Family Programs, FosterClub, Generations United, and the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds -- is looking for perspectives from grandparents and other relatives raising children  in the effort to improve the foster care system. Learn more and share your story by answering this question:  "When a youth leaves a foster care facility or institutional care (like a treatment center), what supports will be most helpful for them to integrate back into a family setting?" We look forward to your responses. 
Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
Deadline Extended to Sept. 27!
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. 27, 2019.   Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Miss Tizzy by Libba Moore Gray
When old Miss Tizzy, beloved by all of the children in her racially diverse neighborhood, becomes too ill to help them bake cookies, make puppets, and put on a parade, the children know just how to return her kindness. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program.  The Foundation's Garden Grant Program provides funds for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools and nonprofit organizations. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019. Learn more
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use.  Hear directly from members of grandfamilies impacted by substance use who will share their challenges and strengths. The webinar will also explore the latest statistics, resources for grandfamilies and those who directly serve them, and policy and program solutions. Oct. 22 at 2 pm ET.  Register today .

Conversations with Grantmakers in Aging.  The presenters -- our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin , Taryn Patterson with Sequoia Living, and Mary O'Donnell from The Retirement Research Foundation -- will highlight findings from their report, Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice. They will also share effective strategies outlined in the accompanying toolkit  and discuss efforts by national housing providers to deepen and broaden their intergenerational work. Oct. 3 at 2pm ET. Learn more .

Research and Resources
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.
Capitol Hill Release of "The Best of Both Worlds." Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Washington, DC. Sept. 25, 2019.  Learn more .

"Family, the Face of Humanity." International Federation of Family Development. London UK. Oct. 18-20, 2019. Learn more
  • Catch our Executive Director Donna Butts's roundtable presentation on Oct. 19. Learn more.
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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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