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 Volume 14, Issue 1
January 2, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • Jaia Peterson Lent and our former Policy and Program Assistant Adam Otto have an article in Fall Issue of Generations. Their piece details the ways in which substance use, and particularly the opioid epidemic, hurt America's families, placing greater responsibility on grandparents to care for their grandchildren. Learn more.
  • In their list of "Top Stories of 2018," The Chronicle of Social Change included a photo of our GrAND Member Bette Hoxie speaking at our 2017 GrandRally in D.C. 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.    
2018 Programs of Distinction Designee
Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP)!
The Sharing Teens & Elder Project (STEP) is an intergenerational program where teens and older adults gather to bridge the generations through conversation. They gather to talk, to listen, and to be heard -- striving to increase the mental well-being of all participants, to help decrease social isolation, and to create a safe space where people talk and find their similarities while sharing their experiences. Learn more.

Stay tuned next week to learn more about UNISON-Milwaukee Public Schools Tutor Program! Learn more about our Programs of Distinction.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank Ana Beltran  (who gave  in honor of Martha Ann Wall Bristow ), Gail Kohn (who gave in honor of those in D.C. devoted to intergenerational  relationships) and Paul Arfin (who gave in honor of Donna). We also thank Nani ColorettiMaryanne Courtney, and Sheri Steinig for their do nations.  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 !
Become a Mentor in Real Life
Did you know 1 in 3 young people are growing up without a mentor outside their family? If you're an elder, National Mentoring Month is an opportunity to fill the mentoring gap in America. Mentoring relationship are powerful tools for connecting across generations.  Learn more
Applications for FosterClub's 2019 All-Star Internship are LIVE!
Do you know a young person that has experienced foster or kinship/relative care? Are they between the ages of 18-24? Are they looking for a new experience this summer? Do they want to travel the US, become a leader, and mentor other foster youth? Then check out this opportunity! Learn more about the internship and Apply by Feb 20th!
2019 AARP Purpose Prize Call for Nominations
Do you know someone 50 or older using their life experience to make their community a better place for all ages? Nominate a 50+ changemaker.  
Cool Ideas
Learning Intergenerational Community (LINC) is a program, based in Sudbury, MA, connecting generations through activities that include children interviewing older adults to learn more about their personal stories. The program brings a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) approach to all activities. 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
A Gift From Abuela by Cecilia Ruiz
The first time Abuela holds Nina, her heart overflows with tenderness. And as Nina grows up, she and Abuela spend plenty of time together. Abuela can't help thinking how much she'd like to give Nina a very special treat, so she saves a little bit of her money every week - a few pesos here, a few pesos there. When the world turns upside down, Abuela's dream of a surprise for Nina seems impossible. Luckily, time spent together - and the love Abuela and Nina have for each other - could turn out to be the very best gift of all.  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
Summer Fellowships Available for Pre-K-12 Educators. The Funds for Teachers grants ($5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for teams) are a great opportunity for teachers to do a fellowship learning how to engage older adults in their classrooms. The fellowship allows pre-K-12 classroom teachers throughout the U.S. to design their own professional learning. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019.  Learn more during their webinar on Wed., Jan. 9, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST. 

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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"It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self." ~Donald Woods Winnicott, Playing and Reality

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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