Volume 17 | Issue 2 | January 12, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Older Americans Month 2022 - Age My Way
Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). In 2022, ACL will be focusing on aging in place – how older adults can plan to stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. The 2022 theme is Age My Way, an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities, and connect with other generations. Learn more.
Pennsylvania Intergenerational Conference - Call for Proposals Due Feb. 15
The Pennsylvania Intergenerational Conference will be held in State College at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on July 5-7. This 2-1/2 day conference will include hands on learning, workshops, pre- and post-conference tours and group activities, interest group meetings, and much more! Learn more, register, and submit a proposal.
Cool Ideas - Partridge Creek Farm's New Intergenerational Farm
Partridge Creek Farm in Ishpeming, Michigan is developing an intergenerational farm located on a 3.5 acre field adjacent to Jasperlite Senior Housing and near Ishpeming High School. The farm is set to open this Fall with the goal to encourage the community to invest in its own nutrition. The farm will feature handicap-accessible community garden beds, an educational classroom, greenhouses, and programming that brings older adults and youth together. Check out this report by Matt Price for WLUC station to learn more.

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.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Marsha Adler, Mary Ann Casey, Eric Kingson, John Martin & Brent Elrod, and David Ochoa for their donations. We also thank Senior Services, Inc. for renewing their membership. Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!
Apply for the AARP Purpose Prize Award - Deadline Jan. 17
Less than a week left to apply for the AARP Purpose Prize award. This is a national award in the United States that celebrates people 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a difference. Through the Purpose Prize award, AARP celebrates the creativity, innovation, and inspiration that life experience brings. Applications are due Jan. 17, 2022. Learn more.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Department of Labor YouthBuild supports organizations that provide a pre-apprenticeship program model that encompasses education, occupational skills training, leadership development, and high-quality post-program placement opportunities for youth. YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who left high school prior to graduation and that also have other risk factors, including being an adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, migrant farmworker youth, youth experiencing housing instability, and other disadvantaged youth populations. Deadline: Jan. 21, 2022. Learn more.

The Eisner Foundation's New York City Expansion. The Eisner Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry from organizations in New York City’s five boroughs offering intergenerational solutions to society’s greatest challenges. Deadline: Jan. 23, 2022. Learn more.

National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read supports the development of community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to a specific book chosen by the community. Deadline: Jan. 26, 2022. Learn more.

Aim High grant program is funded by the New York Life Foundation and administered by the Afterschool Alliance, and supports out-of-school programs serving middle school youth nationwide. Funded programs must serve a high percentage, at least 75 percent, of low-income youth. Twenty one-year grants of $15,000 will focus on supporting programs in their racial equity and social justice efforts. Twenty two-year grants ($50,000 or $100,000) will focus on supporting programs in enhancing direct services, technical assistance, capacity building, and their efforts to continue to serve youth as the pandemic continues to change and impact families in different ways. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2022. Learn more.

American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities. AmeriCorps Seniors' focus with this opportunity are applicants who can demonstrate how they will engage adults age 55 and over in impactful national service to address one or more of the identified priorities. AmeriCorps Seniors prioritizes serving communities that are hard-to-reach and/or those that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2022. Learn more.

NEA Funding Guidelines Posted. Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) and Challenge America funding are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Through their programs, they encourage activities that rebuild the creative economy and educate the next generation, unite and heal the nation through the arts, and serve the nation’s arts field.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Methods and Emerging Strategies to Engage People with Lived Experience
A new brief from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identifies methods and emerging strategies to engage people with lived experience to improve federal research, programming, and policymaking. The brief, Methods and Emerging Strategies to Engage People with Lived Experience, draws on lessons learned from federal initiatives across a range of human services areas to identify ways that federal staff can meaningfully and effectively engage people with lived experience. Learn more.
New Guidelines for Age-Inclusive Communications
Changing the Narrative just released Guidelines for Age-Inclusive Communications. It covers language, messaging, and visuals to use when writing or speaking about aging-related issues and ageism—and what to avoid. Learn more.
Grand Connections Now Available
Grand Connections, ZERO TO THREE’s first-ever curriculum specifically designed for grandparents is now available for free online. To access the entire curriculum, you will need to provide your name, organization, and email address. Once you hit “submit,” you’ll immediately receive an email with links to everything—a facilitator’s guide, lesson plans, grandparent films, and handouts and slides in English and Spanish. Generations United is honored to have been part of the development of this program. Learn more.
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. Learn more.

Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family. This new toolkit is designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve all Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement. 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.. Learn more.

Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone, serves as a companion piece to Making the Case and provides a synthesized overview of the benefits. Learn more.

Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic shares what we have learned about intergenerational engagement during the pandemic, including examples of inspiring intergenerational initiatives; tips for addressing the digital divide; and resources to help you get started or strengthen your intergenerational work. 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.

"There's no such thing as other people's children."
~ Bill Russell, NBA Legend & MENTOR Co-founder

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!

The Generations United Team
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