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 Volume 14, Issue 14
April 3, 2019
NYU Silver, Generations United Intergenerational Housing Project Named Finalist in Longevity Design Competition
We thank New York University's School of Social Work for the shout out in their blurb. Generations United is proud to be a part of such a great team! Learn more about our intergenerational housing project.
Generations United in the News
  • Closing out Women's History Month last week, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation shouted out our Executive Director Donna Butts. "She's helping to increase equitable outcomes for early education and K-12 students." Learn more
  • In her opinion piece for The Gainesville Sun, Sherry Ahrentzen highlights new housing options needed for older adults. Her piece mentioned Generations United's GrandDorm housing project with New York University's Silver School of Social Work. Learn more.
  • Yesterday, Grassroots Advocacy Radio did a segment on how the opioid crisis is impacting grandfamilies. The show's guests were our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and our GrAND Member Joanne Harrison Clough. Listen to the recording
Generations United at the National Conference on Access to Justice for Children and Families!
In or near Tysons Corner, VA, on April 9 and 10? 
Don't miss our long-time Special Advisor Ana Beltran's presentation at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law's National Conference on Access to Justice for Children and Families. See Ana's sessions. Learn more about the conference.
We're Moving!
Generations United is moving from our E Street NW office to 80 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 on May 1, 2019. Make sure you update your system to reflect our new address. All of our contact information will stay the same.
Earn CEUs at "Bridging the Generations"
Registered attendees of our 2019 conference in Portland are eligible to earn up to 4 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from Pennsylvania State University. To request credits, individuals must submit the online CEU Request Form,  along with a $30 administrative fee, by June 28th. Learn more and complete the CEU request form
Intergenerational Connections Help Build Healthy and Prosperous Communities  
Our friends  Lance Robertson (Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, Administration for Community Living),  Debbie Cox Roush(Director, Senior Corps, Corporation for National and Community Service), Kimberly Gallo (Director, Aging and Adult Services), and  Pam Plimpton(Intergenerational Coordinator, Aging & Independence Services, County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency) are presenting in a webinar tomorrow, April 4, at 2 pm ET. This discussion will provide an overview of the role intergenerational programs play in building healthy communities.  Learn more and register today
Tweet of the Week
Thank you Patti Russo (of Carlisle, MA*) for this week's suggestion!  

Culture United
Women Rowing North
In  Women Rowing North, Mary Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. 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.

*Carlisle, MA is a 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities award winner. 
Cool Ideas
Musicians' Village
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's devastation in New Orleans, Musicians' Village was designed to be a community for the city's several generations of musicians and other families. Five New Orleans-style duplexes were built and are being used as rental units for elder Master Musicians in Residence. These elder musicians provide a rich resource for the younger residents of the Village and the surrounding communities. 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
Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP). The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: June 12, 2019 . Learn more .

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 Youth Literacy Grants. Deadline: 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.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement. This new KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights how an increase in family foster care placements is driven in large part by kinship placements. The report finds marked improvement for systems in placing children overall in families nationwide but the group placement rate for teens remains stagnant and racial disparities for children of all ages persist. 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 .

Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs. This resource from Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, contributes to the goal of establishing a new national baseline of shared site intergenerational programs. The study results were incorporated into All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive, a report issued by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Learn more about the survey.
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

Illuminate Respite! ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition, and the New York State Office for the Aging. Buffalo, NY. April 30-May 2, 2019.  See the Conference Program and get more information on the Conference Website.

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.
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"It would be absolutely useless for any of us to work to save wildlife without working to educate the next generation of conservationists." ~Jane Goodall, whose birthday is today! She turns 85. (See the meme.)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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