Volume 15 | Issue 45 | November 11, 2020
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United in the News
  • The Nonprofit Quarterly ran a piece on nonprofits finding new ways to engage older adults virtually. This article pulled from Mark Miller's New York Times piece on older adults volunteering virtually, which includes a quote from our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.
Work Anniversary
We congratulate our Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig, who celebrated 20 years with Generations United. We recognized Sheri and other staff with work anniversaries at our September board meeting. You can join us in celebrating Sheri by emailing her.

Stay tuned to see who we announce next week.
New Podcast Builds Bridges Between Generations in Michigan
Episode 1 of Homebound: A Dialogue for the Ages launched this week! The podcast—developed by Limelight, LLC, in collaboration with Generations United and the Ypsilanti Senior Center with support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund— features conversations between older and younger people. Learn more and listen to the first episode.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our board member Pam Smith for her contribution. Together, we are building a world that values all generations! Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Join Us for Generations United's 2021 Virtual Global Intergenerational Conference
While we won't be able to celebrate in person, our biennial international conference will be packed with opportunities to network, share best practices, learn about the latest research and connect with people around the globe who are passionate about high quality intergenerational programs. Stay tuned for more details about our summer 2021 event including dates, registration, and the call for sessions.

If you’d like to join the conference planning committee, email us at conference@gu.org.
Tweet of the Week
Cool Idea
The Maranatha Gunyah Intergenerational Learning Centre in Wellington, Australia

The first of its kind in Australia, it will offer regular interaction between residents and pre-school children in purpose-built rooms. Resident Pauline Corcoran, 82, has no grandchildren of her own but she doesn't mind her new noisy neighbours. "You know you're alive," she laughed. 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
Let Him Go

Following the loss of their son, a retired sheriff and his wife leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas. 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
NEW! The Academy's 2021 Summer Internship Application Season is Now Open! The National Academy of Social Insurance is looking for graduate students, recent graduates, and qualified upper-division undergraduate students for paid summer internships in public policy. Students interested in improving the well-being of individuals and society through economic, social, and/or health policy are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’s nationally-competitive internship programs: Merton C. Bernstein Internship on Social Insurance, Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research Internship, Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy, and Rashi Fein Internship in Health Policy. Deadline for Rashi Fein Internship in Health Policy: Jan. 8, 2021. All other deadlines: Jan. 29, 2021. Learn more.

Classics for Kids Foundation. The mission of the Classics for Kids Foundation is to empower young people to shape positive futures through music, build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provide grants for high quality instruments. The Foundation is offering matching grants to K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States to help purchase stringed instruments. Grants will not exceed 50% of total instrument cost. Requests are reviewed quarterly; the upcoming application deadline is Dec. 31, 2020. Learn more.

Youth Service America. To celebrate Lights On After school last week, YSA announced that applications are now open for our After school grants for this school year. With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, YSA will award After school Grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs. Activities can take place any time between mid-December and the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Programs can apply through Dec. 4. 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.

RRF Foundation for Aging. RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly The Retirement Research Foundation) is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle. During the last 42 years, RRF has awarded nearly 5,000 grants worth almost $250 million—all dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people. RRF recently completed a strategic planning process that sharpened this commitment and focused its grantmaking on four priority areas: Caregiving; Economic Security in Later Life; Housing; Social and Intergenerational Connectedness. LOIs should be submitted online by Dec. 1, 2020 for the February 1st proposal deadline. Learn more

The Children's Bureau. The Children’s Bureau has announced forecasts for two federal funding opportunities to help local jurisdictions better support kinship families:
  • Family Connection Grants: Building the Evidence for Kinship Navigator Programs : HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-CF-1903 
  • Improving Child Welfare Through Kinship Supports and Foster Care as Service to Families: HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-CW-1921 

Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant Program seeks to assist residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional, and health barriers they face. This program provides support to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of housing residents and links them to training and supportive services that will enable participants to move along the self-sufficiency continuum. In the case of elderly residents or residents with disabilities, the Service Coordinator links them to supportive services which enable them to age or remain in place. Deadline: Nov. 19, 2020. 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
Factsheet: 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. Soon a vaccine for COVID-19 will also be critical for both age groups. Check it out.

Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing. This guide by Generations United includes ideas and solutions on how intergenerational professionals can adapt programs and activities and create new intergenerational connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

Grandfamilies COVID-19 Fact Sheets in English and Spanish. These fact sheets from Generations United provide information for grandfamilies to stay healthy, informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

Interactive Toolkit: Connecting Generations in Senior Housing. This toolkit, developed by Generations United and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston with funding from RRF Foundation for Aging, is now a website with downloadable resources. It was designed specifically to help senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities. Visit the site
Upcoming Events
LiveOn NY Webinar- Intergenerational Programming: A Transformative Approach to Building Vibrant, Cohesive Communities. Speaker: Dr. Nancy Henkin, Senior Fellow, Generations United. Description: Found to be one of the most impactful programs, Intergenerational Programming fosters deeper awareness of aging, social connection, and an increased self-worth and belonging for participants of all ages. Learn about various operating intergenerational programs, as well as tips and best practices from the experts on how to begin or improve intergenerational programming more fully into center activities. CE Credit available. Wednesday, Nov. 18th,11:00am—12:30pm, EDT. Learn more and register.

TimeSlips Creative Care Fall Festival 2020: Celebrating Virtual Connections During Quarantine.
This Fall, join TimeSlips once a week from October 29 to November 19 as they invite their community to share all that they have accomplished these past few months in creating innovate ways to creatively engage elders. You will hear from artists-in-residence in Wisconsin, students and elders in Durham, North Carolina, community members in Detroit, and artists in Milwaukee. Learn more and register.
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“Rosa Sat, So Ruby Could Walk, So Kamala Could Run.”—Bria Goeller
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Best,
Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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