Volume 15 | Issue 50 | December 16, 2020
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United in the News
  • MedPage Today, whose reporters contributed to our 2020 State of Grandfamilies report, ran a piece on how COVID-19 continues to challenge grandfamilies. The article features our GRAND Voice Member Gail Engel. It also cites our new grandfamilies report. Learn more.

  • The Southern ran a piece on 27 factors that make people vulnerable to COVID-19. The article mentioned Generations United's COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families. Learn more.

  • Zillow put out a press release that focused on top home trends for 2021 driven by COVID-era design. The release cited Generations United's report, Family Matters: Multigenerational Families in a Volatile Economy. Learn more.

Submit to Present at our 2021 Virtual Conference
The Call for Sessions for Generations United’s Virtual Global Intergenerational Conference is now open! We are seeking proposals on cutting-edge intergenerational research, policies, and practices that are relevant, informative, creative; represent the great diversity in our field; and showcase practices that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2021. Learn more and submit your proposal.

If you’d like to join the conference planning committee, email us at conference@gu.org.
Work Anniversary
We congratulate our Executive Director Donna Butts, who celebrated 23 years with Generations United. You can join us in celebrating Donna by emailing her.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Child Focus for their contribution in support of the GRAND Fact Sheets. 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
Digital Connecting Corps
The Digital Connecting Corps (DCC)—a collaboration between Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan and Milan, Ypsilanti, and Chelsea Seniors Centers—provides an intergenerational and sustainable digital support program for older adults living in Washtenaw County. 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
Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcraker
This documentary follows Debbie Allen and her students at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and offers a behind-the-scenes look as this intergenerational group prepare for their annual award-winning holiday version of The Nutcracker, called Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. Watch the trailer.
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
Sky Ranch Foundation. The Sky Ranch Foundation supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and its territories that work to prevent involvement in the criminal justice system by providing them comprehensive support services that may include education, job training, enrichment activities, counseling, and case management. Preference is given to organizations working with youth between the ages of 11 and 18. Deadline for LOIs: Jan. 31, 2021. Learn more.

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 the total instrument cost. Requests are reviewed quarterly; the upcoming application deadline is Dec. 31, 2020. 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 gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & Resources
NEW! The Pandemic's Perfect Storm: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Gen Z and Millennials. This new report resulted from a partnership that the AgingWell Hub at Georgetown Business for Impact started with Bank of America and Transamerica to capture how the pandemic is impacting young adults who were already saddled with student loan and credit card debt. Both companies are committed to offering this group financial guidance and support. Learn more.

NEW! The Creative Aging Resource Website—by Lifetime Arts—is the first dedicated place on the web to offer artists, community educators, program administrators, senior service professionals, and funders a browsable directory of hundreds of hand-curated creative aging research, media, case studies, along with expert and organizational profiles. Taught by professional teaching artists, creative aging programs inspire older adults from all walks of life to tap into their inner artists through instructional workshops in all art forms and in socially-supportive environments. 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. 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
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“Grandparents are a treasure in the family. Please, take care of your grandparents: love them and let them talk to your children!”Pope Francis, whose birthday is tomorrow.
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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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