Volume 15 | Issue 43 | October 28, 2020
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United in the News

  • The Louisville Courier Journal published a story featuring Generations United GRAND Voices member Norma Hatfield about a new handbook she helped create to offer help to grandparents and others offering kinship care for kids. Read the story. 

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.
New Resources Now Available from Virtual Briefing on Shared Sites and COVID-19
Close to 600 people registered for Generations United and The Eisner Foundation's virtual briefing about the value of intergenerational shared sites in serving young and old throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Thank you to our amazing line up of speakers and to all who joined us for the inspiring event. Watch the recap which includes a special message from Senator Bob Casey who championed shared sites' inclusion in the Older American's Act. The Q&A, chat, and other related resources from the event are now available on our website. Learn more.
StoryCorps Grandfamilies Stories - Joanne and Diane
Over the summer, StoryCorps recorded conversations as part of a project that focused on helping us understand the unique impacts COVID-19 is having on various types of families, including grandfamilies. It was made possible with support from the Brookdale Foundation Group, Casey Family Programs, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with Generations United. Four of these stories featuring GRAND Voices have been edited and are now posted on our website.

This week Generations United’s policy and program coordinator Diane Roznowski and Joanne Clough discuss the challenges they face during the COVID-19 pandemic while they jointly raise Joanne’s granddaughter/Diane’s niece.  Listen to their story.

This segment was produced by StoryCorps, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Jaia Lent for her contribution in honor of the Grandfamilies/COVID Relief Fund. 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!
Cool Ideas
Inspired by how their own grandparents were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring, MD) students Dhruv Pai and Matt Casertano created Teens Helping Seniors to deliver groceries and prescription medications to older adults in need. The program quickly became a national effort, expanding to volunteers and chapters all over the country.

With the upcoming 2020 General Election coinciding with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Montgomery County, Maryland, chapter of Teens Helping Seniors (MCMDTHS) will also be providing voting support by disseminating voter information with essential deliveries and assisting older adults with online ballots. 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
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names. 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! 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 December 31, 2020. Learn more.

NEW! Youth Service America. To celebrate Lights On Afterschool last week, YSA announced that applications are now open for our Afterschool Grants for this school year. With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, YSA will award Afterschool 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.

America Walks: Community Change Grant. The program awards grants of up to $1,500 to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level. Projects should create healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation. Of particular interest are projects that center the concerns of minority residents, reach across the demographics of communities to build coalitions, or create unique civic partnerships with new perspectives. The application deadline is November 9, 2020. Learn more.

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 

Innovations in Alzheimer's Caregiving Awards. Now in its 13th year, the awards spotlight innovative programs in three categories: Creative Expression, Diverse/Multicultural Communities, and Public Policy. One award of $20,000 will be given in each category. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on October 30, 2020. Learn more.

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.

Annie's Grants for Gardens. Support is provided to K-12 school gardens nationwide to help children start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Grants---$3,000 for new applicants and $5,000 for returning applicants---may be used to purchase any supplies for an edible garden, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. Deadline: Nov. 2, 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
NEW! Factsheet: Intergenerational Shared Sites includes updated information about these important program models and what we know about their impact. Learn more

NEW! Federal Funding Opportunities for Intergenerational Shared Sites Chart is designed to share some of the 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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Upcoming Events
NEW! 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.

NEW! Silver Hands, part 1, by Folktopia – Virtual Evening Performance. Join Kairos leader Parker Genné and her Intergenerational Folktopia Band, for the premiere of their new work, Silver Hands, part 1, inspired by the folktale Handless Maiden, presented in collaboration with American Swedish Institute's virtual programming, on Friday, October 30, 6pm CDT. Parker is joined by a multidisciplinary group of Artists including Kairos' Maria Genné, Vladimir Garrido-Biagetti, Sol Moran and Kairos dance company veteran Tamera Ober as videographer. Learn more and purchase tickets.

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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"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." - Greek Proverb
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