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 Volume 14, Issue 2
January 9, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • The Guardian did a story about grandparents raising grandchildren. The story highlights Bridge Meadows and quotes Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • In her piece for GRAND Magazine, Jaia Peterson Lent highlighted the additional hurdles faced by grandfamilies who come together because of a parent's detention or deportation. She also cited our report, Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration. Learn more.
  • The Seattle Times reported on the grandparents raising grandchildren requesting more help from Washington state. The story mentions Generations United. Read more.
  • CBC News did a story on grandparents increasingly becoming primary caregivers. The piece cited a Generations United report. Read the story
Generations United at NASI's Conference
We're excited that Donna Butts is moderating a conversation on the economic concerns of younger generations during the opening reception of the National Academy of Social Insurance's 31st Annual Policy Conference in DC on Jan. 30th! Learn more.
Nominations Now Open for Generations United Awards
Generations United is now accepting nominations for multiple awards to be presented during the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference, June 12-14, 2019, in Portland, OR! Consider nominating an individual, team, organization, or community group for their outstanding contributions to the fields of intergenerational work and grandfamilies. The deadline for award submission is February 22, 2019. Learn more about the awards and submit your nomination.    
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our board members -- Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Joe Cuticelli, MaryLee Allen, and Pam Smith -- as well as our friends Bert Hayslip, Helene Block Fields, Marlina Sanz, Rita Soronen, and Susanne Seperson for their contributions . We also thank Frances Rago who gave in honor of Jean Fiorito and Sharon Hunt 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 !
Social Isolation of Older Adults: Strategies to Bolster Health and Well-Being
This new book from the Springer Publishing Company offers critical strategies from recognized scholars, clinicians and elder-policy activists on how to confront social isolation among older adults.  Donna Butts and our United Nations Rep, Kristin Bodiford , co-authored a chapter, "Family and Intergenerational Relationships," for the book. Learn more about the book .
2018 Programs of Distinction Designee
UNISON-Milwaukee Public Schools Tutor Program
The UNISON-Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Tutor Program is a collaboration between UNISON and Milwaukee Public Schools. It began in 2011 with the goal of combating the low literacy rates of Milwaukee's elementary school children. This intergenerational program was developed with the understanding that the community's older adults can serve as tutors and mentors for children, and that this interaction can benefit both the children and the older adults involved. Through all of its programs, UNISON cultivates trusted relationships between volunteers and participants to improve the well-being of children, families and older adults. Learn more about the programLearn more about our Programs of Distinction .
Cool Ideas
Saging and Aging
This program, based at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, is a college course that allowed students to explore the effects of a rapidly growing older population and learn how older adults can be a resource to their communities. Class discussions include caregiving, technology, spiritualism and retirement. 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
If Beale Street Could Talk
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. The movie, which won a 2019 Golden Globe, was adapted from James Baldwin's 1974 novel and introduces the late writers work to younger generations. 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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
ARCH is Seeking Respite Innovation for National Recognition.  If your respite service addresses critical respite needs for any population in your community and can demonstrate innovation worthy of replication, it may be recognized as an ARCH Innovative and Exemplary Practice Program Respite Service. Up to three of this year's Exemplary Practice Program awardees will be recognized at the 2019 National Lifespan Respite Conference, May 1- 2, 2019, in Buffalo, NY, with all conference and travel expenses paid. Deadline: Jan. 14, 2019.  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 present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell." ~Zora Neale Hurston, whose birthday was on Monday (see the meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
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