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 Volume 14, Issue 42
Oct. 16, 2019
Our Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit Is Out!
In an effort to collect more data on intergenerational shared sites and facilitate program evaluation, Generations United, with support from The Eisner Foundation, partnered with Dr. Shannon Jarrott of The Ohio State University to develop this toolkit. This guide offers three resources designed to meet the needs of program providers and researchers committed to demonstrating the impact of intergenerational programming and understanding the practices by which outcomes are achieved. Learn more.
In the News
  • Leading up to Grandparents Day, Generations United partnered with the Food Research and Action Center to collect stories from grandparents on how they benefit from the federal nutrition program. Read their narratives.
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 !
Tweet of the Week
Cool Ideas
A New York-Based Nursing Home's Partnership with Local Girls Scouts
The New Jewish Home's Westchester skilled nursing facility, Sarah Neuman, enjoys a long-standing connection to the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Girl Scouts. In 2017, when residents and staff learned that a young scout from Troop 2997 needed a wheelchair accessible ramp in order to take part in the events there, they sprang into action and, with other members of the local community, hosted an intergenerational fundraiser called "Walk and Roll" to raise funds for the project. The joint effort raised $27,000 for the ramp and other modifications to the Girl Scouts House. 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
Say Hello, Lily by Deborah Lakritz
Lily wants to go with her mother to visit the people who live at Shalom Home, an assisted living facility, but when they arrive she suddenly feels very shy. She clings closely to her mom, overwhelmed by all the new faces. But slowly Lily joins the activities, makes new friends, and celebrates a birthday to remember. 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
John Heinz Dissertation Award. Do you know a doctoral student who is conducting outstanding research on social insurance? Nominate their dissertation for this prestigious award (or encourage them to apply). The Heinz Dissertation Award offers a prize of $3,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Academy's annual policy conference in Washington, DC in March 2020. Deadline to apply: Oct. 21, 2019. Learn more.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Academy Grants Program. The program is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in two areas: FilmWatch and FilmCraft grants that range from $5,000 to $20,000. FilmWatch supports curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies and other film-related organizations. FilmCraft support high-quality educational programs that identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019. Learn more
Support for Live Performance Projects Nationwide. MAP Fund grants support original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. . MAP awards $1 million annually, to up to 45 projects in the range of $10,000-$45,000 per grant. Deadline: Nov. 25, 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, hosted by Generations United, 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 .
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. 
"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.
State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event. Generations United. Washington, DC. Nov. 13, 2019. 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.
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"If people are sick and hurting and lost, I guess it falls on everybody to address those problems in some fashion. Because injustice, and the price of that injustice, falls on everyone's heads." ~Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen. Happy National Boss Day!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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