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 Volume 14, Issue 5
January 30, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • The U.S. News and World Report did a piece on the opioid crisis remaking the modern american family. Our long-time special advisor, Ana Beltran, worked with the reporter on this story. Learn more.

  • Andrew Yarrow's Washington Post magazine piece on the Plaza West apartments for grandparents raising grandchildren also ran in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts and our GrAND Member Olivia Chase. Learn more.

Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs
Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, created the following brief on the 2018 survey of intergenerational shared site programs. Study results were incorporated into our report, All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. 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. This new resource is designed to help grandfamilies both inside and outside the foster care system impacted by opioids or other substance use. Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new member, Senior Services for South Sound, for their support.  Together,  we are building a world that values all generations! 
Cool Ideas
Old School Films
This program, based in NYC, trains aspiring filmmakers who want to learn how to tell a story. Working with a professional, the apprentice makes a short documentary about an older adult with an aspiring story. In addition to helping young people build their skills in filmmaking, the program helps decrease the effects of social isolation and detachment while encouraging intergenerational connections. 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.
Generations United's Public Policy Priorities for the 116th Congress
Generations United's policy work is designed to engage advocates for children, youth and older adults as joint partners in improving the lifetime well-being of all people. The following principles guide our work and assess the intergenerational impact of legislation. Learn more.
Nominations Now Open for Generations United Awards
Generations United is now accepting nominations for multiple awards to be presented throughout our conference in June. 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.    
Culture United
Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Things aren't going well at home for Merci Suárez: her grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school - and the steadfast connection that defines family. 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
Literacy Grants. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states through the following grant programs: Adult Literacy Grants, Family Literacy Grants, Summer Reading Grants, and Youth Literacy Grants. Online application deadline for the first three programs: Feb. 21, 2019. Deadline for the Youth Literacy Grants: May 16, 2019.  Learn more.

Request for Proposals. The Retirement Research Foundation, one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, is offering a request for proposals for efforts that improve access to quality, community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: May 1, 2019.  Learn more.

Intergenerational Funding Opportunity.  How to Live Forever , a new book by President and CEO Marc Freedman, placed #1 on the Wall Street Journal's list of best books on aging well. Inspired by the book's theme of intergenerational connection, is giving 25 grants of up to $250 to individuals and organizations with fun and creative ideas to connect the generations and help kids thrive.  Learn more and apply   today!

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
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.

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 .
Kinship Traditions of Caring and Collaborating: A Trauma-Informed Model of Practice. Child Welfare League of America and Arizona State University. Phoenix, AZ. Feb. 6-8, 2019.  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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