Volume 17 | Issue 35 | August 24, 2022

Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
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Generations United & Partners Host

Reimagining Intergenerational Housing Webinar

Generations United, Nesterly, and Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies hosted a virtual event to share the emerging continuum of intergenerational living approaches, including home sharing, grandfamily housing, co-housing and more, and how communities and organizations can help advance them.

Speakers included Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts, Nesterly CEO & Founder Noelle Marcus, and Dr. Jennifer Molinsky, Housing & Aging Society Program Project Director and lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Click here to watch the recording.

Intergenerational Program of Distinction or Program of Merit Certification Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 9

Generations United is 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 now due Sept. 9, 2022. Learn more and apply!

Generations United Seeks Senior Manager & Project Assistant

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.

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center 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 these great opportunities here.

Network Director Participating In Sept. 14 Webinar

The National Center on Substance Abuse & Child Welfare will host a free Sept. 14 webinar that lifts up services and supports for kinship families struggling with substance abuse and related mental health problems. Presenters include Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network Director Ana Beltran and Nancy Young, Ph.D., Project Director, NCSACW.

Register today!

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.

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!

Register Today for Our Upcoming Webinars

Network Hosts Webinars During National Kinship Care Month

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is hosting two free webinars during National Kinship Care Month:


Collaboration For Grandfamilies and Kinship Family Support

Presenter: Dr. Terry Cross (Seneca), Senior Advisor & Founding Executive Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022

2-3:30 p.m. ET

Register Here

Family Dynamics in Kinship Families: Implications for Services and Programs

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Crumbley, nationally-renowned kinship expert, trainer, consultant, & therapist

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022

2-3:30 p.m. ET

Register Here

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.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

Thank you to Julie Tippens and John Steele for your donation in honor of Donna Butts' birthday. 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.

Learn more here.

Cool Ideas: Cooking, Conversation Inspire Intergenerational Connections

Conversation and cooking helped bring Rajee Subramanian and her granddaughter, Maya Ramaswamy, closer together. It also inspired her to create Recipe4Life, a digital vegetarian cookbook. Rajee, who Maya calls Ammamma, left India for Wilmette, Ill. in 2020. Maya recalled family trips to India.

"Of the wonderful memories from those trips, none stand out as much as the nights when my grandmother would cook my great-grandmother's recipes, the rest of us gathered around the aromatic kitchen listening to my great-grandmother share stories and life lessons," she said on her website.

Learn more here.

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

T-Mobile Hometown Grants, is 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 is 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.

“Together we can do great things.”

Mother Teresa

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