Volume 16 | Issue 4 | January 27, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
In the News
  • In their joint piece for Next Avenue, our Executive Director Donna Butts and The Eisner Foundation's CEO Trent Stamp offer three ways the Biden Administration can support older adults, youth, and families. Learn more.

  • The new issue of GRAND Magazine is out! It includes a piece from our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and our Communications Specialist Alan King on why vaccines are essential for everyone. Read their article.
Jaia Peterson Lent Elected as a New Academy Member
Generations United is thrilled that our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent is among the nearly 60 newly elected Academy Members of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Members are nominated by current Members in recognition of their professional contributions in one or more areas of social insurance. They make significant contributions to the Academy’s research, education, and leadership development initiatives by volunteering their time on study panels, task forces, and committees, at conferences and on webinars, and in other Academy programs. Read the full release
Webinar on the Grandfamilies and Kinship Care Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021
Join Generations United on Tues., Feb. 9th, 12 PM ET, for a webinar to highlight the grandfamilies and kinship care provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Generations United staff will be joined by experts from the Children’s Defense Fund and the ABA Center on Children and the Law to provide an overview of new federal investments in kinship navigator programs, grandfamilies housing, and relevant child welfare programs that can help grandfamilies/kinship families. Learn more and register.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Pam Plimpton for her contribution. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Deadline Extended! Submit to Present at our 2021 Virtual Conference by Feb. 8th
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 has been extended to February 8, 2021. Learn more and submit your proposal.
Webinar on Engaging Older Adults and Young People Remotely—Lessons Learned During the Pandemic
On February 10th, join Generations United at 2pm EST for a free hour-long webinar that will share information and lessons learned on how programs have created new opportunities and adapted activities in response to the pandemic. This session will also give you the opportunity to connect with other practitioners across the country and learn about tools and resources to support your work. This webinar is made possible with support from the RRF Foundation for Aging. Register here. 
Cool Idea
Pima County Library Memory Kits
These free resources give young people a way of starting a conversation with an older person. Each kit focuses on a time or topic in the past and comes with resources including a DVD, photographs, music, artifacts, and activities. When you share a Memory Kit with an older adult, you open the door for them to relive their most pleasurable memories and talk about those memories with an active listener. 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.
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, but incredibly loving grandmother. 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
DAR American Indian Scholarship. Each year, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education. The DAR American Indian Scholarship is awarded to help Native American students of any age, any tribe, and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021. Learn more.

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, and Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy. Deadline: Jan. 29, 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
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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"Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, some kind of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers."~Gilbert Highet, Scottish American classicist, intellectual critic, and literary historian.
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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!

Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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