Volume 16 | Issue 28 | July 14, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
We’re Hiring! This Friday Is the Last Day to Apply!
Generations United is seeking an Operations Coordinator to join our team. This position will support our human resources and financial departments. Deadline to apply: This Friday, July 16, 2021. Read the full job description.
In the News
  • In their article for the American Society on Aging's blog—Generations Today—our Executive Director Donna Butts and Stephanie K. Firestone, AARP's senior strategic policy advisor, cover the psychological barriers and frictions of living together as well as the benefits. Read their piece.
Tomorrow Is the Last Day to Apply!
Generations United Recognizes Quality Intergenerational Programs
Do you or your community have a program that is effectively creating meaningful connections across generations? Generations United invites you to apply to be selected as a Program of Distinction, the U.S. benchmark for high-quality, high-impact intergenerational programs. The designation is the only of its kind, as it aims to recognize excellence while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs. The deadline to apply is tomorrowSee additional information or contact Sheri Steinig.
Tweet of the Week
Cool Idea
Health Nest Uganda

Each week, we'll be highlighting a program from our resource, Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Next up is Health Nest Uganda.

Health Nest Uganda—in Entebbe, Uganda—was concerned by the challenges families experienced during COVID-19 in accessing enough food to eat. The organization was alarmed by the high risks of starvation. In response, leaders from older persons’ groups came together to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and developed a design challenge: “How might older persons and youth work together to be able to develop sustainable food solutions for ourselves and our families?” As a result, they are implementing action plans for intergenerational training in backyard gardening of traditional nutritious foods and animal rearing in order to ensure food security and income generation. Learn more about Health Nest Uganda.

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.
Culture United
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world. 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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
American Rescue Plan Funds. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received $135 million in the American Rescue Plan Act. The NEA is directing 40 percent of that allocation to 62 state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations. The NEA will award the remaining 60 percent of the funding in competitive grants to support jobs in the arts and culture sector and keep the doors open to nonprofit organizations and local arts agencies nationwide. Deadline: Aug. 12, 2021. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & Resources
A Seat at the Table: Piloting Continuous Learning to Engage Fathers and Parental Relatives in Child Welfare. This new report from Mathematica and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families highlights a methodology by the Fathers and Continuous Learning (FCL) in Child Welfare project. This method known as the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) was tested to improve placement stability and permanency outcomes for children by engaging their fathers and paternal relatives. Learn more.

New Intergenerational Resources. This latest set of free resources, developed by Generations United with support from RRF-Foundation for Aging, aims to strengthen and expand intergenerational programs. The new publications—Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs, Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone, and Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic—support the growing field of practice by increasing the knowledge and skills of people working to connect and support older adults, children, and youth. Learn more.

Fact sheet: Intergenerational Shared Sites includes updated information about these important program models and what we know about their impact. Learn more.

Federal Funding Opportunities for Intergenerational Shared Sites Chart is designed to share some federal funding sources that include—or could include—support for intergenerational shared sites. Learn more.

Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report—Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving BeyondGrandfamily caregivers are the first line of defense for children during the pandemic, having stepped in when parents cannot raise them for many reasons, including cases where children's parents have died from the COVID-19 virus. Download the full report, watch Senator Sherrod Brown's award acceptance speech, and listen to stories of grandfamilies impacted by COVID-19. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages. Generations United's new infographic 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.
Upcoming Events
NEW! ZERO TO THREE and Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC): Resources for Racial Justice. Date: Today at 2 pm ET. Learn more.

NEW! Exploring biases in kinship care: The family perspective. Date: Today at 2 pm ET. Learn more.

IFFD Interational Advocacy Workshop. Dates: Sept. 1-3, 2021. Learn more.
“If all generations of people freely and abundantly give care to others and to our world, we will have an eternal source of love and hope that fulfills the needs of all ages…for all future.”~Mattie J. T. Stepanek, peacemaker and poet; his birthday is Saturday.
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