Volume 16 | Issue 11 | March 17, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
In the News
  • In a joint statement, Jaia Peterson Lent and Ana Beltran, co-directors of our National Center on Grandfamilies, applauded the creation of the National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Care in the American Rescue Plan Act. Learn more.

  • Public New Service ran a story on Virginia officials supporting multigenerational families as schools reopen. This article quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Learn more.

  • Voice America Variety featured our Executive Director Donna Butts in a wide-ranging conversation with host Ron Roel. Donna offered examples of unique initiatives as well as practical approaches to connect generations. Listen to this episode.

  • Jamaica Plain Gazette ran a story on how COVID-19 is impacting grandparents and other relatives raising children. The article quotes Donna and cites our 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report. Learn more.
Episode 17 of The Generations United Podcast is Live!
In this episode, Ana Beltran, co-director of the National Center on Grandfamilies, and Generations United's GRAND Voice Members Ms. Genia Newkirk and Mr. Keith Lowhorne discuss kinship care vs. guardianship. Ana shares resources created with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Listen to this episode.
Generations United Virtual Conference
Less Than 1 Week Left for Awards Nominations
Generations United will be presenting several awards honoring outstanding individuals, programs, and best practices in the intergenerational field during the Generations United's 2021 Virtual Intergenerational Conference, which is being held virtually June 15-17, 2021. Nominate someone for the Generations United Intergenerational Innovation Award, Grandfamilies Award, and the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research. Extended deadline: March 22, 2021. Learn more.
Meeting the Multigenerational Moment
Age segregation has created a wide range of social problems, including rampant ageism and an epidemic of loneliness made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, a vibrant movement to bridge generational divides is underway.

Meeting the Multigenerational Moment”—a new SSIR essay series, presented in partnership with Encore.org and The Eisner Foundation—will explore some of the most promising intergenerational innovations.

Our Executive Director Donna Butts and Dr. Shannon Jarrott co-wrote a paper for this series. They are among the mix of social entrepreneurs, academic researchers, and philanthropic leaders offering a look at fresh ways to combat age segregation and make the most of an increasingly multigenerational society.

Read the first essay and sign up here to receive notifications whenever a new essay in this series is published!
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!
Tweet of the Week
Cool Idea
The Hope Park Mentorship Project

A Redding Teen Center 'intergenerational hub' bringing older adults over the age of 60 to mentor teenagers in Shasta County may become a reality by the end of the summer, according to Michael Burk, executive director at the Pathways to Hope for Children nonprofit in Redding, CA. In a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors approved moving forward with the Hope Park Project. "There is a special relationship between grandparents and teenagers, so I think this is kind of a natural fit and an exciting thing for Shasta County," Supervisor Mary Rickert said in the meeting. 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.
Culture United

The Beecham House is a retirement home for former professional musicians, patterned after the real-life Casa di Riposo per Musicisti founded by Giuseppe Verdi. The residents include Reg, Wilf and Cissy. They're retired opera singers who often worked together in the past; among other residents are Cedric Livingstone, a former director, and diva Anne Langley. All the guests in the retirement home engage in their former professions in one way or another, including lecturing and introducing young people to music. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Support for Community Gardens in the U.S. and Canada. The Nature's Path Gardens for Good program will award 21 grants of $5,000 each to community gardens that make fresh organic food more accessible in the local neighborhood. Deadline: March 24, 2021. Learn more.

J.M.K. Innovation Prize. This initiative of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the United States. Each Prize will provide a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds. Deadline for first-round applications: April 30, 2021. Deadline to register for information webinar: March 30, 2021. Learn more.

Support for Youth-Led Service Projects. The Riley's Way Foundation's Call for Kindness program empowers young leaders throughout the country to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and positive change. The program will provide grants of up to $3,000 to up to 30 teen-led projects in 2021. Deadline: April 7, 2021. Learn more.

RRF Foundation for Aging—which has awarded over 5,000 grants of more than $255 million—is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle in their priority areas: caregiving, economic security in later life, housing, social and intergenerational connectedness. The Foundation will also remain open to considering compelling applications on other topics. Deadline: May 1, 2021. Learn more.

The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is a collaborative fund focusing on the mental health and well-being of adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on young people across the United States, The Upswing Fund will provide critical resources to front-line organizations that provide the services that young people rely on. Learn more about their fall grant opportunity which opened October 20th.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to [email protected].
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & Resources
NEW! FCC Launches Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount on broadband service during the pandemic. The program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. 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 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 are important to protect both older adults and children. Check it out.
Upcoming Events
WEBINAR: Respect, Inform and Trust: Communication Strategies to Improve #COVID-19 Vaccination Acceptance Among Older Adults. Join Generations United and Grantmakers in Aging on March 25, 2 pm ET, to explore a successful intergenerational vaccine campaign and a new effort to address vaccine hesitancy. Learn more.
Reframing Childhood Adversity: Promoting Upstream Approaches. Join the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities on March 22, 2 pm ET, to hear new recommendations on reframing childhood adversity from the FrameWorks Institute. The event will highlight a new strategic brief that takes recent science and current communications contexts into account and speaks more directly to racial and social justice, while aligning with efforts to reimagine child welfare systems into child well-being systems. Learn more.
The Virtual Facilitation Learning Lab. Dr. Corita Brown and former Encore colleague Karimah Nonyameko are offering a learning lab where facilitators can share best practices, experiments, and challenges in designing and facilitating meaningful, connective, participatory, and inclusive online spaces. Dates: March 9th, 16th, and 23rd | 12 pm - 1:30 pm ET. Learn more.
Registration now open for Generations United's 2021 Virtual Conference! Dates: June 15-17, 2021. Learn more and register today.
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"Children are the rainbow of life. Grandchildren are the pot of gold."~an Irish saying
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