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 Volume 14, Issue 31
July 31, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • The Honolulu Star Advertiser highlighted our friends at Ebenezer Ridges, an intergenerational shared site profiled in our report with The Eisner Foundation. The story, which quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts, also cites a survey conducted by Shannon Jarrott and The Ohio State University College of Social Work. Learn more.
Donna Butts (center right) with our UN Reps (l-r): Ellen Amstutz, Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson, and Kevin Brabazon.
Our UN Reps Are Hard at Work Improving the Lives of All Ages Globally
Generations United's United Nations representatives help integrate intergenerational perspectives into the UN's work including the areas of aging, youth and families, which results in recommendations to its member countries. Our reps co-authored pieces and shared best practices from around the world on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages. They presented at UN sessions on social security programs contributing to social integration because of their inherently intergenerational structures and policies.   Learn more about our reps' work
Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
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. 3, 2019. Contact Emily Patrick with any questions. Learn more
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help an older neighbor type obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his Utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, more. 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.
Cool Ideas
A Vacant Store Lot Will be Converted to a Rec Space for Young and Old
A building that used to be a Festival Foods will soon transform into a recreational space for people of all ages. A multigenerational community center with a Boys & Girls Club will move into the old store, thanks to the generosity of Festival Foods owners Dave and Barb Skogen. 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.
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 !
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Work Skills and Service Learning for Youth.  YouthBuild offers funding for organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth while they perform meaningful work and service to their communities. Deadline: Aug. 6, 2019. Learn more .

Support for Environmental and Financial Literacy Programs.  The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more
 
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to aking@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
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 Eisher 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.
Events
"International Advocacy Workshop." International Federation for Family Development. Budapest. Sept. 2-4, 2019. Learn more.
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Quote
"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." ~J.K. Rowling, who turns 54 today!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
  
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