Volume 17 | Issue 5 | February 2, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United in the News
Ana Beltran, Generations United's Director, Grandfamilies and Kinship Support Network – the new name for the National Technical Assistance Center – is quoted in the recent Next Avenue story by Michelle Talsma Everson, "Raising and Supporting Grandchildren with Disabilities." Learn more.
Meet Our New Staff
Generations United has added several fantastic new staff members to our team over the past few months and we want to introduce them each to you. We will be featuring new staff profiles over the next few weeks. Please join us in welcoming all of them to the team!
Rachel Tailby joined Generations United this past November as Operations Coordinator. She provides administrative and logistical support to the Finance and Operations Director to facilitate smooth operations and strengthen the organization's functioning.
Maari Weiss started with Generations United this past December as the Communications Coordinator for the Grandfamilies and Kinship Support Network. Maari creates resources and communications to engage with and support partners as well as to inform the media and public.
Lee Westell is Generation United's Senior Manager, Communications and started with the team in January. Lee is responsible for managing Generation United's communications efforts including online and traditional media, social media presence and building relationships with the media.
Seeking Assistant Director, National Center on Grandfamilies - Apply by February 7th
Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies is seeking an Assistant Director to join our results-oriented team. The Assistant Director is responsible for leading a cross-site Kinship Navigator Collaborative program and evaluation, grants and contracts for the Center, overseeing and managing grandfamilies’ engagement, creating and ensuring the quality of the Center’s publications and website content, conducting federal advocacy, and supervising staff and consultants working on relevant projects. The senior-level, Washington DC-based position will work with the organization’s management team to participate in fundraising and budgeting functions of the Center. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to gu@gu.org by Monday, Feb. 7. Learn more.
Diverse Intergenerational Programs Survey
As part of Generations United’s Diverse Intergenerational Programs Initiative, we are conducting a survey to identify and learn more about programs and activities that connect younger and older people. We are especially interested in programs that engage or seek to engage participants from diverse communities. Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. Learn more and take the survey.
Culture United - Stories of a Generation
For Pope Francis, the wisdom of older adults should be shared with the young. It's that belief — that older generations have experience that can help shape the vision and dreams of a younger generation — that led to the pope's unlikely decision to participate in a new Netflix documentary series, "Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis." In this series, based on the pope’s 2018 book, “Sharing the Wisdom of Time,” the program showcases inspiring women and men over 70 including Martin Scorcese and Jane Goodall, who share life lessons and pivotal choices from their remarkable journeys. 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. See disclaimer.
Reporter Looking for Families
A respected news outlet is doing a story about children who have lost a parent or caregiver to Covid-19 and the way grandparents have stepped in to either help or support the family or in some cases, raise the grandchildren. Phone interviews would take place over the next few weeks. For more information, please contact Lee Westell, Senior Communications Manager.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United wishes to thank the Turrell Fund for their donation. Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!
Cool Ideas - Lori's Hands
Lori's Hands builds dependable, intergenerational partnerships among college student volunteers and community members living with chronic illnesses. Students help with day-to-day tasks and community members educate students about the human experience of chronic disease. This intergenerational community health program is currently operating in Newark, DE, and Baltimore, MD. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities. AmeriCorps Seniors' focus with this opportunity are applicants who can demonstrate how they will engage adults age 55 and over in impactful national service to address one or more of the identified priorities. AmeriCorps Seniors prioritizes serving communities that are hard-to-reach and/or those that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2022. Learn more.

NEA Funding Guidelines Posted. Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) and Challenge America funding are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Through their programs, they encourage activities that rebuild the creative economy and educate the next generation, unite and heal the nation through the arts, and serve the nation’s arts field.

Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program. The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children's nutrition and wellness. The Foundation's Garden Grant Program provides funds for eligible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Grants of $3000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations that serve children in the K-12 age range. Consideration is given to new and or existing garden projects that help at least ten children engage with fresh fruit and vegetables. Applications will be accepted from February 14 through March 11, 2022, for both U.S. and Canadian projects. Learn more.

The AARP® Purpose Prize® Award supports AARP's mission by honoring nonprofit founders ages 50 and older who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all. Submit your application! Call for applications open through Feb. 28, 2022. Learn more.

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces; housing; transportation; civic engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; support efforts to build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and other innovative ideas that support people age 50 or older. Applications due Mar. 22, 2022. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Now Available: Spanish Version of Latino Grandfamilies Toolkit
Generations United just released the Spanish language version of Latino Families: Helping Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family. This resource helps organizations elevate cultural strengths and better support families. Learn more.
Generations United Resources
Reinforcing a Strong Foundation: Equitable Supports for Basic Needs of Grandfamilies. The 2021 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report includes updated national and state data on grandfamilies and key recommendations to address inequities and provide critical supports to serve grandfamilies well. Learn more.

Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family. This new toolkit is designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve all Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement. Learn more.

Sharing Our Space: A Toolkit for Developing and Enhancing Intergenerational Shared Sites is designed for individuals and organizations interested in creating an intergenerational shared site or enhancing services at their current site. Divided into 10 sections, the toolkit details every step of the development and operation process, from initial planning to sustaining long-term shared site programs. Learn more.

Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs provides rationale and facts to help make the case for intergenerational programs. It is based on a comprehensive review of the literature on intergenerational programs and highlights evidence-based findings on how intergenerational programs benefit everyone.. Learn more.

Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone, serves as a companion piece to Making the Case and provides a synthesized overview of the benefits. Learn more.

Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic shares what we have learned about intergenerational engagement during the pandemic, including examples of inspiring intergenerational initiatives; tips for addressing the digital divide; and resources to help you get started or strengthen your intergenerational work. 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 is important to protect both older adults and children. Check it out.

"We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach."
~ Gloria Steinem

We want Generations This Week to be a resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, research, reports, and webinars. You can connect with other intergenerational enthusiasts through our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! Email the editor at lwestell@gu.org. I'd love to hear from you!

Lee Westell, Editor
Generations This Week
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