Volume 16 | Issue 8 | February 24, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
In the News
  • TeenVogue ran a story on the stresses and comforts that come with living in a multigenerational home during COVID-19. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.

  • Our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent was a guest on the Creating a Family Radio Show/Podcast, where she discussed the unique issue that kinship caregivers face and what they need to succeed. Listen to this episode.

  • Last night, PBS NewsHour did a segment on grandparents raising children for a second time and how they're impacted by the pandemic. The piece featured our GRAND Voice Joanne Clough along with Carter, her granddaughter whom she is raising. We're particularly proud because our Policy and Program Coordinator Diane Roznowski is her daughter and Carter's aunt. Learn more.
New Episode
In this episode of The Generations United Podcast, our Senior Fellow Dr. Anita Rogers discusses her passion for and history of civil rights work, how the activist landscape has changed, and the similarities between Black Power and Black Lives Matter. She also explains how the intergenerational field can be more inclusive and effective in elevating the voices and initiatives of people of color. Listen to this episode.
Stronger Together: The Benefits of Intergenerational Programs for Everyone
In this webinar, today at 1 pm ET—hosted by the American Society on Aging and Generations United—Generations United and colleagues from NYU Silver School of Social Work will share the latest research and resources from the field, innovative models, and practical tips for creating or expanding high-quality intergenerational programs. This webinar is made possible with support from the RRF Foundation for Aging. Complimentary CEUs are available for attendees. Register here.
Generations United Virtual Conference—Awards Nominations
Generations United will be presenting several awards honoring outstanding individuals, programs, and best practices in the intergenerational field during the Generations United 21st Global 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. Deadline: March 8, 2021. Learn more.
Cool Idea

This program, which launched in 2020, invited older adults into creative and engaging conversations from the comfort of their own homes. Building from the concept of “well check calls” which are meant to address basic physical needs, Tele-Stories tends to social and emotional wellbeing by using creativity to forge connections and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. 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
Ida B. the Queen

Written by Ida B. Wells’s great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, Ida B. the Queen tells the awe-inspiring story of a pioneering woman who was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman who brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who co-founded the NAACP. 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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supprters for their contributions. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Tweet of the Week
Purpose Prize Call for Applications
The AARP Purpose Prize award honors extraordinary individuals who use their life experience to make a better future for all. Hurry! The Call for Applications ends March 31, 2021. Don’t miss a chance to earn $50,000 for your organization and a year of support to help broaden the scope of your work. Up to 10 fellows will each receive $10,000 for their organization and a year of technical support. See official rules and apply.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
NEW! Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services for National Recognition. The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center are accepting applications from programs that may have creatively redefined their respite services to meet family caregivers' current and evolving needs for support and social connections, or modified their respite services, eligibility, or location to enhance respite service flexibility and access in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Application deadline: March 1, 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.

NEA Research Labs funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Matching/cost share cooperative agreements of up to $150,000 will be awarded. Deadline: March 8, 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. 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
Upcoming Events
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.
Generations United Virtual Conference—Registration Open. The special we had for the first 25 registrants is closed. Don't miss our early bird deal that goes until March 15. To help with planning, check out our registration fees and policies.
National Civil Rights Museum Hosts 'A Conversation with Ruby Bridges and Chelsea Clinton'. This one-hour virtual dialogue between two education advocates and authors will focus on the intersection of race, class, gender and generations. This event on Feb. 25 is a sharing of personal stories, struggle, Southern roots and congruent pathways that have brought them where they are today. Learn more.
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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—a Scottish American classicist, academic writer, intellectual critic, and literary historian
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