Volume 17 | Issue 42 | October 12, 2022

Generations This Week

News for Advocates of Children, Youth, and Older Adults from Generations United

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2022 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event - Register Today!

On Wednesday, November 2, Generations United will host an event to release our 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies. The event will feature key report findings, new data, and a conversation with grandfamily members. Join us in-person at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. or via a simultaneous live-stream. Register today!

Generations United in the News

The Humana Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Generations United. The grant is part of a multi-million dollar initiative to support healthy emotional connections among those facing isolation, trauma, and addiction. Read more.

SAVE THE DATES - July 26-28, 2023

Generations United's 2023 Global Intergenerational Conference will be held July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Want to help make it an incredible success? Join our Program Committee! Please complete this form to volunteer. 

Visit the Network's New Website

Our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center (Network) has launched its new website, www.GKSNetwork.org! Check it out to find a variety of resources. Our resource library will keep growing, so please visit often to discover more. Visit now!

Check Out the Network's First-Year Feats

In celebration of its first anniversary, the Network created and published an infographic highlighting accomplishments over the course of the last year.

Apply Today for an Exemplary Kinship/Grandfamilies Policy, Practice, and Program Designation

READY FOR RECOGNITION? The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network wants to lift up your exemplary policy, practice, or program!

The 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.

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.

Culture United - Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!

Bo wants to find the perfect container to show off his traditional marbles for the Cherokee national Holiday. It needs to be just the right size: big enough to fit all the marbles, but not too big to fit in his family's booth at the festival for the Cherokee National Holiday. And it needs to look good! With his grandmother's help, Bo tries many containers until he finds just the right one. A playful exploration of volume and capacity featuring Native characters and a glossary of Cherokee words.

Check it out.

Image of the cover of the book

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.

Grandfamilies Spotlight

Cassandra Gentry and her granddaughter

A recent AP article features quotes and a picture of GRAND Voice Cassandra Gentry. The article, "Social Security boost will help millions of kids, too," discusses the 2023 cost of living adjustment for social security and highlights the impact it will have on grandfamilies and millions of children who receive social security benefits. As Gentry notes, "I never thought about contributing to Social Security when I was working, but now that’s what I depend on."

Photo credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Cool Idea - Intergenerational and Multicultural Food and Farm Projects

The South Seattle Emerald reports that the Food Equity Fund in the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods recently awarded grants to multiple projects. Two projects in particular have a strong intergenerational focus. The Khmer Community of Seattle King County brings elders and youth together to grow food in a garden. East African Community Services aims to unite elders and first-generation young people around food and stories.

An older person's hands wrap around a young person's hands as the young person holds soil and a small plant

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas with #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!

ACL Accepting Comments on the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers through Nov. 30

The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers (the strategy) is now available for public comment. Comments received from the public will be used to inform the ongoing work of two Congressionally mandated caregiving advisory councils, as well as to inform future updates to the strategy. Comments can be submitted via an online form.

Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

We welcome a new member organization, Grandparents N' Charge, and thank Willy Valera for his contribution to Generations United.

Thank you to all of 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!

Generations United is Hiring

Generations United is currently hiring for two positions - Senior Manager, Intergenerational Initiatives and Project Assistant for our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network.

Learn more about these great opportunities.

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

HUD Section 202 Capital Advance and Ongoing Project Rental Assistance issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for new Section 202 grants, including $15 million for the LEGACY intergenerational units for grandfamilies. Learn more.

T-Mobile Hometown Grants is a $25 million five-year initiative, which began in April 2021, to support the people and organizations that help small towns across America thrive and grow. T-Mobile is putting out the call again for potential new awardees. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basisLearn 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.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.

Think Intergenerational - Great Resources

Supporting Children & Families Before, During, & After Emergencies, Disasters, & Adversities

The Administration for Children and Families offers a resource guide with links related to preparedness, response, and recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a Disaster Technical Assistance Center.

Guides.vote Nonpartisan Candidate Guides Now Available for 2022 Elections

People often don’t vote because they’re confused, cynical, and subject to disinformation. To help voters feel confident and informed about where candidates stand, guides.vote has created concise, credible, and nonpartisan candidate guides for major 2022 U.S. Senate, Governor, and Secretary of State races. Visit guides.vote to access your state’s candidate guides and voter education resources, and learn more about how to provide a concise and credible way to compare candidates’ stands and make clear why voting matters!

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. There is also an accompanying fact sheet 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.

"The tenets of my cultural teachings are rooted in our commitment to lift up every community member so that no one is left behind. Work and food were shared equally. Through our commitment to community, we care about children, even when they aren't ours, and we want our old folks, and yours, to live their last days in dignity and comfort."

Deb Haaland, US. Secretary of the Interior and first Native person to serve as a Cabinet secretary

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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