Volume 16 | Issue 10 | March 10, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
In the News
  • The Seattle Times ran a piece on grandparents raising grandkids with little help during a pandemic. The article cites Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report. Learn more.
New Intergenerational Resources
Generations United is pleased to share the latest set of free resources, developed with support from RRF-Foundation for Aging, aimed 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.
Less than One Week Left to Register for our 2021 Conference at the Early Bird Rate
Join us for Generations United’s 2021 Virtual Intergenerational Conference, taking place June 15-17, 2021! There are 5 days left to register at the early bird rate, so register today to get the best possible rate, which ends on March 15. Learn more and register.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our board member, Gerry Hyland, for his contribution. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Humans of Dementia 2021
Generations United is proud to partner with Hilarity for Charity, Fujifilm, the Bob and Diane Fund, MemoryWell, and Photoville for our 2nd annual Humans of Dementia Storytelling Contest. If you're a high school or college student, join our movement. All you have to do is profile someone who is living with or someone who has passed from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, using written or photo storytelling. Nearly 50 million people worldwide have dementia. Join the cause and share your story. Learn more.
Generations United Virtual Conference
Less Than 2 Weeks 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.
Tweet of the Week
Cool Idea
WISE Project connects generations of LGBTQ community in North Carolina

What grew out of a need to address ageism and intergenerational disconnection within the LGBTQ community became the WISE Project. Created by Gray Rodgers in early 2020, the Chapel Hill-based project aims to address the needs of LGBTQ people in North Carolina across generations through community and peer-support programs, and creating spaces to share stories. 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
Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine: Overcoming COVID-19

This children’s storybook is a re-telling of My Hero is You, developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). An intertribal workgroup convened to re-write this story and create illustrations that represent Indigenous peoples, values, and communities.
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! 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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 gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & Resources
Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Substantiated Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect. This new paper by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within the Department of Health and Human Services on the relationship between buprenorphine treatment and child maltreatment. The paper finds, for the first time, that increase availability of buprenorphine treatment predicts reductions in certain types of child maltreatment case loads in 25 states. 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
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.
National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. Join the Food Research & Action Center, March 16—18, 2021, and thoughts of anti-hunger advocates for content-rich sessions, networking, a virtual Lobby Day, and more. 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! Don't miss our early bird discount that goes until March 15th. Dates: June 15-17, 2021. Learn more and register today.
Amazon donates to Generations United when you shop AmazonSmile
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Generations United.

"The women of today are the thoughts of their mothers and grandmothers, embodied, and made alive."~Matilda Joslyn Gage, National Citizen and Ballot Box (1889)
Your Feedback Invited
We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports and webinars. Local and state events can be shared in 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!

Treat Yourself GRAND!
As a reader of Generations This Week, you are eligible to receive a complimentary subscription to GRAND - The Lifestyle Magazine for Awesome Grandparents. 

That's a $26 value for 12 issues delivered right to your inbox. Get valuable offers and inspirational articles like our column on GRAND Families, and more.