Volume 17 | Issue 27 | July 6, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generating Buzz
Executive Director Donna Butts on "Top of Mind with Julie Rose" Podcast
Donna Butts, the executive director of Generations United, was interviewed as part of a "Top of Mind with Julie Rose" podcast episode called "Hope or Dread? Let's Rethink Aging."

Washington Post Feature Highlights Generations United Staff Member
Constance Jones, Generations United office assistant and grandfamily matriarch, was featured in a Washington Post “Where We Live” feature by reporter Hope Seck on the D.C. neighborhood, Mount Vernon Triangle.

Jones lives at Plaza West, a housing community serving grandparents raising grandchildren, with her three grandchildren. She reflected both on living in the neighborhood and Plaza West, stressing its impact on her family and others. Read the story here.
Read Generations United's Statement on the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

The recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has drawn more focus on the way our country is divided. As the country considers the wide-reaching ramifications of this decision, there is one group that is being overlooked — older adults who unexpectedly find themselves caring for babies and children. Read our statement here.
The Grandfamilies and Kinship Families: Strengths and Challenges Fact Sheet is now available in Spanish! Acceda a esta hoja informativa, Grandfamilies y Kinship Families: Fortalezas y Desafíos. Access both the Spanish and English versions of this fact sheet on their landing page on the Generations United website.

The Network is accepting individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems or organizations that serve kinship families. Fill out the contact form to request assistance. 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 Launches Michigan Virtual Intergenerational Hub
Connecting Generations in Michigan, a website featuring intergenerational programming and resources, is now live! Generations United, with support from Michigan Health Endowment Fund, created the website to elevate intergenerational programming and resources across the state. This virtual space also highlights the benefits of intergenerational initiatives; how to create programming; best practices to sustain programs; and other vital information.

Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United wants to thank Joan Lombardi, past recipient of our Jack Ossofsky Award for Lifetime Achievement, for her generous donation in honor of Generations United’s demonstration of “what is good in the country.” Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!
Cultures United
The Lady In The Van, a 2015 British movie based on actual events, chronicles an intergenerational friendship between Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) and a homeless Miss Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith) in the 1970s.

While Bennett actually let Shepherd park her van in his driveway for three months, the film depicts them living together for 15 years. Learn more.

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.
ACL’s Commit to Connect Initiative Launches an Intergenerational Community of Practice
Are you looking for ways to partner with other organizations to promote social connectedness through shared programming with young and older persons? Submit your application to join other service providers as they share and gain wisdom on how intergenerational programming can support social connectedness. Learn more and apply now! Applications are due by July 13.
CU Boulder Writing Class Connects Generations
Undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Boulder can take advantage of a unique intergenerational educational opportunity. The Program for Writing and Rhetoric allows creating prose to bring generations together.

A student stressed the value of this educational experience.

 “I really appreciated the opportunity to connect with an actual member of the community and not just someone passing through for school,” the student shared.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
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. Visit the Community Heart & Soul website to download the Seed Grant Program guidelines. Learn more.

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for Grants for Arts Projects and Our Town. The Grants for Arts Projects program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Our Town supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. The application deadline for Grants for Arts Projects is July 7, 2022. Learn more about Grants for Arts Projects. The application deadline for Our Town is August 4, 2022. Learn more about Our Town.

Born This Way Foundation is offering eligible community organizations grants ranging between $25,000 – $50,000. Organizations are invited to submit via this Google Form or email KiC@bornthiswayfoundation.org if you have any questions. Proposals are due by 12 PM PST on Friday, July 8.

Community Care Corps is a national program that works to increase the number of volunteer programs available at the local level to provide non-medical care to older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers. Community Care Corps has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers or directly assist older adults or adults with disabilities with non-medical care to maintain their independence. The application deadline is July 8, 2022. Learn more.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have released a funding opportunity called Community-Driven Approaches to Address Factors Contributing to Structural Racism in Public Health. The application deadline is July 15, 2022. Learn more.

The Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth initiative supports high-quality arts programs to help reduce juvenile delinquency, recidivism, or other problem and high-risk behaviors. Arts programs include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpting, drama, digital media, film, music, dance, singing, and creative writing. Goals include developing or expanding high-quality community-based art programs for justice-involved youth in underserved areas, and developing or expanding high-quality, culturally relevant and responsive art programs for justice-involved racial and ethnic minority youth. Applications are due to grants.gov by July 18, 2022. The JustGrants deadline is August 1, 2022.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation's Rapid Response Fund Centering Joy: Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Youth and Their Allies will support projects that provide space for LGBTQIA+ youth to take a deep breath, to celebrate, to rejuvenate, to connect with allies, to experience solace and community, to belong and be affirmed in their full humanity, and to build a vision for the future. Grant must respond to urgent needs. New England community-based organizations & K-12 public schools are eligible for up to $20,000 grants. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until July 21, 2022. Learn more.

Looking Out Foundation helps empower those with no voice. The Foundation supports nonprofits nationwide that address the ever-changing needs of the human race, including disadvantaged youth; public health; community development; women/gender equality; the environment, including environmental education; the arts; human and civil rights; and the hungry and the homeless. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications are due Feb. 1 and August 1, annually. Learn more.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a $20 million cooperative agreement funding opportunity for an academic or nonprofit organization to improve participation and retention in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC. The application deadline is August 1, 2022. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
New Resources and Research
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy has released a new issue that includes the results from the GrOW national study on grandfamilies navigating Covid-19.. It includes a policy update by Generations United’s own Ana Beltran, Director, Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network, the first federally supported technical assistance center on the families.  
Generations United Resources
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.

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.
"Intergenerational support is crucial. I feel like generations give up on each other."

--Yara Shahidi
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