Volume 17 | Issue 34 | August 17, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United celebrated nearly 40 years of inspiring and promoting intergenerational programming and relationships to create a better world Sunday. Former National Council on Aging Executive Director Jack Ossofsky, one of our co-founders, shared our mission succinctly.

"We formed Generations United to argue for a caring society," Ossofsky said.

Generations United began in 1986 as a joint initiative of the Child Welfare League of America, National Council on Aging, and the Children’s Defense Fund. and AARP.

Improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all is Generations United’s mission.

Our commitment to that mission has united generations to collaborate in various ways to not only learn from each other, but confront some of our world’s biggest challenges. This generational unity is essential to our collective success..
Apply Today for an Exemplary Kinship/Grandfamilies Policy, Practice, and Program Designation
The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center (Network) is seeking to identify and designate exemplary kinship/grandfamilies policies, practices, and programs to elevate good work and share exemplary strategies with others. The Network encourages applications from government agencies in states, tribes, and territories, as well as private kinship navigator programs and other community-based organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies. Apply today! Learn more.
Now Hiring: Project Assistant
The Network is seeking a Project Assistant. The Project Assistant is an integral part of the Network team and provides important project support that helps improve programs and services for kinship/grandfamilies. Read more about this great opportunity here.
Technical Assistance Requests
As always, the Network is accepting individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems or organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies. Fill out the TA request form to receive support from our team. Learn more and sign up to access our resources!
The Network is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $9,950,000 with 95 percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $523,684 and 5 percentage funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
Generations United, Partners Co-Host Diverse Intergenerational Programming Webinar
Generations United co-hosted this virtual event–focused on creating culturally responsive intergenerational programming–Tuesday with the National Indian Child Welfare Association and National Caucus and Center on Black AgingThe webinar featured other organizations uniting generations in diverse communities, while providing practical tips for designing programs and activities that celebrate and embrace different cultural norms and values.
The webinar was made possible with support from the RRF Foundation for Aging
Apply by Aug. 22 for the Intergenerational Program of Distinction or Program of Merit Certification
Generations United is now accepting applications to recognize outstanding intergenerational programs that are connecting younger and older people in the United States. The Program of Distinction and Program of Merit (new in 2022) designations are based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program and are intended to recognize the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. Applications are due August 22, 2022. Learn more and apply!
Generations United Seeks Senior Manager, Intergenerational Initiatives
The Senior Manager, Intergenerational Initiatives is a new position at Generations United that will be a key part of our intergenerational program team. Main responsibilities are to lead our work to amplify and support our diverse intergenerational programs initiative; manage grant-funded and other on-going initiatives; deliver training and technical assistance; develop resources; and engage with our members and network. Preference given to applications received before August 17, 2022. Apply and learn more.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!
August Is Make A Will Month
Drafting a will is an important task that everyone should complete especially grandfamilies. Be sure to do your research to figure out what's right for you and your family. FreeWill is one online option to help you make your will -and its free.

You can also help ensure the future of Generations United and its work – consider making a gift through your will or through a donor advised fund or foundation.
Register Today for Our Upcoming Webinars
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Reimagining Intergenerational Housing Webinar on Aug. 23
Join Generations United and Nesterly for a webinar on August 23, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET exploring the emerging continuum of intergenerational living approaches, including home sharing, and how communities and organizations can help advance them. Presenters will include Donna Butts of Generations United, Noelle Marcus of Nesterly, and Jennifer Molinsky of the Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard University. Register today!
Network Hosts Webinars During National Kinship Care Month
The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center, is hosting two free webinars during National Kinship Care Month:
The Keys to Effective Collaboration
Presenter: Dr. Terry Cross (Seneca), Senior Advisor & Founding Executive Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association
Thursday September 8, 2022
2-3:30 pm ET

Family Dynamics in Kinship Families: Implications for Services and Programs
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Crumbley, nationally-renowned kinship expert, trainer, consultant, & therapist
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
2-3:30 p.m. ET
Culture United -- Princess Diaries
The classic film Princess Diaries tells us the story of a regular high school student, Mia Thermopolis, who becomes Mia, Princess of Genovia. Actress Anne Hathaway plays the teenage princess and acting legend Julie Andrews plays her grandmother, Clarisse, Queen Regent of Genovia.

A bond between a grandmother and granddaughter, who haven’t met yet, develops as Queen Clarisse prepares Princess Mia to claim her royal birthright. Learn more here.

Culture United highlights films, books, music, TV shows, and art 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. See disclaimer.
Register for the National Virtual Kinship Town Hall
This great Ohio Federation for Health Equity & Social Justice-hosted event, which takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 9, features Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Admiral Rachel Levine, who’ll highlight current and planned national efforts to support kinship families.

A celebrity guest will also share their kinship story. Don’t wait! Register here now!
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
T-Mobile Hometown Grants, a $25 million, five-year initiative in April 2021 to support the people and organizations that help small towns across America thrive and grow. T-Mobile putting out the call again for potential new awardees. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis. Learn more.

Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer Grants are available to young people who are currently residing in the United States and between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. The grants support service projects that are youth-led and respond to an identified need in your community. Projects should not be overtly political in nature and/or relate to a specific political party. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more.

The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns across the United States to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or partner organization. Applying organizations must be from communities with populations of 2,500 to 30,000. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all grants have been awarded. Learn more.

The Department of Education posted the application for $68 million in grants to support students through Full-Service Community Schools today. Applications are due Sept. 12, 2022. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Generations United Resources
Koreatown Storytelling Program Profile is part of our work to spotlight outstanding intergenerational programming in diverse communities around the country. This program is an oral history and media project connecting high school journalists and community elders in Los Angeles’s Koreatown neighborhood. Learn more.

Reinforcing a Strong Foundation: Equitable Supports for Basic Needs of Grandfamilies, the 2021 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report, includes updated national and state data on grandfamilies and key recommendations to address inequities and provide critical supports to serve grandfamilies well. Available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

Racial Equity Toolkits are designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, so they can better serve all grandfamilies. Generations United has produced a toolkit for American Indian and Alaska Native grandfamilies, African-American grandfamilies, and Latino grandfamilies. Learn more.

Sharing Our Space: A Toolkit for Developing and Enhancing Intergenerational Shared Sites is designed for individuals and organizations interested in creating an intergenerational shared site or enhancing services at their current site. Divided into 10 sections, the toolkit details every step of the development and operation process, from initial planning to sustaining long-term shared site programs. Learn more.

Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs provides rationale and facts to help make the case for intergenerational programs. It is based on a comprehensive review of the literature on intergenerational programs and highlights evidence-based findings on how intergenerational programs benefit everyone. Available There is also an accompanying fact sheet. Both are available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages is an infographic that illustrates that vaccines aren't just for kids - they protect all generations - especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying up to date on vaccines for the flu, pneumonia, and whooping cough is important to protect both older adults and children. Check it out.
"We believe that the time is long past when advocates for children, families, and the elderly can afford separate agendas. We foresee a new and brighter America when organizations...can join forces to strengthen our communities. That is exactly what Generations United intends to do.

Jack Ossofsky
Former National Council on the Aging and one of our co-founders
We want Generations This Week to be a resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, research, reports, and webinars. You can connect with other intergenerational enthusiasts through our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! Email us at gu@gu.org. We'd love to hear from you!
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