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 Volume 14, Issue 46
Nov. 13, 2019
You Can Still Register for Our State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event!
This evening's event will include opportunities to tour the Plaza West Grandfamilies apartments. The 12-story building has 50 units reserved for grandparents who are raising grandchildren. If you haven't registered, you still can.  Join Generations United for a brief program as we release our 2019 State of Grandfamilies Report, which will focus on grandfamilies and housing. Generations United will also release a new infographic that illustrates the important role vaccinations play in enabling older adults to be healthy providers of care for babies and children. Speakers include:
  • Donna Butts (Generations United) 
  • Dr. Heather Stowe (DC Department of Aging and Community Living)
  • Ana Beltran (Generations United)
  • Sarah Constant (Mission First)
  • Olivia Chase (Generations United GRAND Voice member and Plaza West resident)
  • Kenyattah Robinson (Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement) 
If you can't attend, follow #Grandfamilies19 on Twitter for highlights. Register today
Generations United in the News
  • GateHouse Media ran a story on holiday schedules that keep grandparents from being left out of celebrations and gatherings. Her piece quotes our Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig. Learn more.
Kairos Alive! and Jones-Harrison & Breck School Innovate Together
Our friends at Kairos Alive! in Minneapolis, MN, are in their second year of an intergenerational project with high school juniors and seniors and their teacher from Breck School with older adults at Jones Harrison, an independent living/long-term care center. We're sharing this video that highlights Alex Berstein, a student project leader at Breck School, who worked with other high school students, her match teacher and fellow students, staff and older adults on a research project on Kairos Alive!'s dance, music and theater intervention with older adults. Watch the video.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Li Qian for her contribution. 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 !
Family Voices United Podcast
For the first time, states can now claim federal funds to help pay the costs of attorneys representing certain children and their parents in child welfare legal proceedings. This currently is not available for  kinship/relative caregivers. In this episode, which features our GRAND Member Sharon Olson , relative caregivers share how legal representation can make a difference for their families. Learn more
Cool Ideas
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor has an intergenerational volunteer program serving the youth population in San Pedro and Wilmington. This concerted effort at engaging older volunteers is possible with the support of The Eisner Foundation. The organization has already seen significant growth in senior participation in a variety of programs. Watch their spotlight video

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 2021 International Conference: Request for Partners
Are you committed to growing and strengthening the intergenerational community of practice? Want to bring the best of the intergenerational field to your backyard? Generations United seeks potential partner(s) to co-convene the 21st Global International Intergenerational Conference in Summer 2021. Letters of Interest should be submitted by December 9, 2019. Learn more.
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
The Addams Family (2019)
Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family -- Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma -- are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams' eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood. 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
Build It With KaBOOM! KaBOOM! offers grants to nonprofits and municipalities that want to help communities take bold steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects. Deadline: Nov. 15, 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.

Grants Enhance Youth Running Programs. The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to nonprofit community organizations that initiate and support youth running programs for youths 18 and younger. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act. This new brief -- from Generations United, American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, Casey Family Program, and Children's Defense Fund -- highlights provisions in the Family First Act related to kinship families and federal Title IV-E GAP. It suggests how states and eligible tribes can build on these provisions to promote use of assisted guardianship for children in kinship foster care. Learn more.

Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit. The Toolkit 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. Their use can help advocates improve, expand, and sustain intergenerational opportunities in every community.  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. 
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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" And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." ~Abraham Lincoln

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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