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 Volume 14, Issue 9
February 27, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • The new issue of CSA Journal is out! It includes an article by Donna Butts, which highlights how all participants benefit when people with differences come together. Learn more.
  • In their article for Next Avenue, Kate Schaefers and Phyllis Moen -- both with the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) -- show how older and younger students teach other. They shouted out Generations United as an example of an organization building intergenerational ties. Learn more.
  • The Flathead Beacon did a story on grandparents raising grandchildren. The article mentioned Generations United. Learn more.
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A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and also thank our new member, Aging in Community, for their support . 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 !
New Website Offers Resources and Info on the Family First  Act
Generations United is pleased to announce the launch of The database of resources promotes robust implementation of the historic Family First Act, which helps grandfamilies. Learn more.
Culture United
The Good Immigrant
In this much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling UK edition, hailed by Zadie Smith as "lively and vital," editors Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman hand the microphone to an incredible range of writers whose humanity and right to be here is under attack. Chigozie Obioma unpacks an Igbo proverb that helped him navigate his journey to America from Nigeria. Jenny Zhang analyzes cultural appropriation in 90s fashion, recalling her own pain and confusion as a teenager trying to fit in. Fatimah Asghar describes the flood of memory and emotion triggered by an encounter with an Uber driver from Kashmir. Alexander Chee writes of a visit to Korea that changed his relationship to his heritage. These writers -- whose ages range between mid-20s and 50-plus -- share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong. 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.
Improving State and Tribal Foster Family Home Licensing Standards
Our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and longtime advisor Ana Beltran will be among those presenting in an informative webinar tomorrow, Feb. 28, from 3 to 4 PM ET, on how and why to comply with mandatory March 31st Family First Act licensing requirements. Learn more and register today! 
Cool Ideas
Art in the Neighborhood
Art in the Neighborhood is a non-profit organization that empowers Southern Vermont youth to develop and express their full creative potential. "Our project involves intergenerational art classes between young student residents of the Moore Court housing community and adults living in the neighboring Samuel Elliot apartments," Mollie S. Burke, executive director of Art in the Neighborhood, told the Brattleboro Reformer. The organization recently received a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation's Spark! Connecting Community grant program to help further Art in the Neighborhood's mission of bringing art to residents of low-income housing communities in Brattleboro. 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
Support for Collaborative Youth Apprenticeship Programs . The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA), an initiative of New America, will award four to eight grants of up to $200,000 each to support organizations in states and cities throughout the country that are collaborating to expand participation in high-quality youth apprenticeship programs and strengthening equitable outcomes for students, employers, and communities. Deadline: March 8, 2019.  Learn more .

Japan-U.S. Friendship  Commission.  JUSFC, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, seeks applications for a Creative Arts Fellowship program. The program will support and select up to five collaborative projects of U.S.-Japan artists representative of diverse genres and regions of both countries, to be showcased in Tokyo during the Olympic Games in summer 2020. Deadline: March 1, 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.

Increasing Access to Healthy Foods Grant. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced grant funds from the Walmart Foundation to support healthy eating and food access through parks and recreation. NRPA will be funding 15 grantees, through one-year grants ranging from $30,000 - $35,000, to build off of existing nutrition efforts, including participation in the USDA child nutrition programs, and implement new, innovative strategies that improve access to healthy foods in diverse communities. Deadline: March 6, 2019. Learn more.

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

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.

Brief: Frames That Inform Intergenerational Work. The intent of this brief is to increase awareness of the fact that people come at intergenerational issues from different vantage points and "frames." The brief also points out areas of commonality relative to perceptions and framing of these fields that can and should influence how we make the case for intergenerational programs, policies and planning. Learn more .

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 .

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.
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"My grandmother...who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother who saved 50 years of social security checks to put her first grandchild -- she called me Spikie-poo -- she put me through Morehouse College and N.Y.U. grad film." ~Spike Lee in his acceptance speech at the 2019 Academy Awards show (see the meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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