Volume 17 | Issue 28 | July 13, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generating Buzz
GRAND Voice Shares Her Kinship Care Story
Generations United GRAND Voice Genia Newkirk shares her story about becoming a kinship caregiver.

“It was just a fire placed in me,” Newkirk said. “It’s got to be an intentional approach in everything that I do for this child. I have to be intentional in what I say. I have to be intentional in the things that we do. I have to be intentional in what her surroundings are.”

Watch her story here.
We Mourn For Prime Minister Abe With Our Japanese Colleagues
Generations United is saddened by the assassination of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

We send our sincerest condolences to our Japanese friends and colleagues during this tragic moment in history.

We cherish the moments that we gathered with them at Generations United’s 2015 conference in Honolulu.
Network Seeking New Project Assistant
Our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center (the “Network”) is seeking a Project Assistant. The Project Assistant is an integral part of the Network team and provides important project support that helps improve programs and services for grandfamilies and kinship families. Read more about this great opportunity here.
As always, the Network is accepting individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems or organizations that serve kinship families. Fill out the contact form to request assistance. Learn more and sign up to access our resources!
The Network is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $9,950,000 with 95 percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $523,684 and 5 percentage funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
Generations United Joins AECF, Casey Family Programs Kinship Project
Generations United is proud to join Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and other partners nationwide to work toward Ending The Need For Group Placements. This movement would ensure every child Grows in a safe and supportive home with their families.

The Learning Exchange offers multiple opportunities to learn about and share high-impact strategies and best practices for building systems of caring and support that serve everyone equitably. Those educational opportunities address the findings of Away from Home and explore 
key levers of change.

A commitment to diversity, equity, anti-racism, and anti-discrimination as well as genuine youth and family engagement is the bedrock of this work. Ana Beltran, Generations United Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center director, shares her insights here.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United wants to thank everyone who supports our work to support grandfamilies and kinship families as well as to encourage intergenerational connections in various ways. Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!
Cultures United: Christmas In July!
A Donkey Called Mistletoe shares the story of Jasmine, Tom, and Mr. Hobson. Jasmine and her best friend, Tom, begin helping their older neighbor, Mr. Hobson, on his farm. When Mr. Hobson decides he must sell the farm and send his beloved donkey, Mistletoe, to a sanctuary, Jasmine hatches a plan to keep them connected. Read more here.

Cultures United highlights films, books, music, TV shows, and art 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.
Encore.org Seeks Third Cohort of Gen2Gen Fellows
Generations United is proud to lift up Encore.org’s Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship. This opportunity unites younger and older people to solve problems, create connections, and create a better world for everyone.

Our world is currently confronting racial inequality, climate change and social isolation, among others. They require an intergenerational intervention. So, Encore.org is looking for the nation’s most talented innovators and entrepreneurs to transform their best ideas to into the most effective intergenerational solutions.

Applications for its third cohort of 15 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows are due July 18, 2022. Learn more here.
Painting Helps Bring Together Intergenerational Portrait Pals
Portrait Pals connects elders with children. They’re paired for four weeks painting portraits of each other. Participant Phillys Rosendahl reflected on her experience, since the children are on summer break.
Portrait Pals is a program hosted by Rosendahl’s assisted living facility and facilitated by the Kindness Empire, an organization committed to encouraging human connection. Read more.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer Grants are available to young people who are currently residing in the United States and between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. The grants support service projects that are youth-led and respond to an identified need in your community. Projects should not be overtly political in nature and/or relate to a specific political party. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more.

The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns across the United States to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or partner organization. Applying organizations must be from communities with populations of 2,500 to 30,000. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all grants have been awarded. Visit the Community Heart & Soul website to download the Seed Grant Program guidelines. Learn more.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have released a funding opportunity called Community-Driven Approaches to Address Factors Contributing to Structural Racism in Public Health. The application deadline is July 15, 2022. Learn more.

The Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth initiative supports high-quality arts programs to help reduce juvenile delinquency, recidivism, or other problem and high-risk behaviors. Arts programs include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpting, drama, digital media, film, music, dance, singing, and creative writing. Goals include developing or expanding high-quality community-based art programs for justice-involved youth in underserved areas, and developing or expanding high-quality, culturally relevant and responsive art programs for justice-involved racial and ethnic minority youth. Applications are due to grants.gov by July 18, 2022. The JustGrants deadline is August 1, 2022.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation's Rapid Response Fund Centering Joy: Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Youth and Their Allies will support projects that provide space for LGBTQIA+ youth to take a deep breath, to celebrate, to rejuvenate, to connect with allies, to experience solace and community, to belong and be affirmed in their full humanity, and to build a vision for the future. Grant must respond to urgent needs. New England community-based organizations & K-12 public schools are eligible for up to $20,000 grants. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until July 21, 2022. Learn more.

Looking Out Foundation helps empower those with no voice. The Foundation supports nonprofits nationwide that address the ever-changing needs of the human race, including disadvantaged youth; public health; community development; women/gender equality; the environment, including environmental education; the arts; human and civil rights; and the hungry and the homeless. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications are due Feb. 1 and August 1, annually. Learn more.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a $20 million cooperative agreement funding opportunity for an academic or nonprofit organization to improve participation and retention in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC. The application deadline is August 1, 2022. Learn more.

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for Grants for Arts Projects and Our Town. The Grants for Arts Projects program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Our Town supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. The application deadline for Our Town is August 4, 2022. Learn more about Our Town.

The Department of Education posted the application for $68 million in grants to support students through Full-Service Community Schools today. Applications are due Sept. 12, 2022. Please review the most updated grant timeline here.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
New Resources and Research
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy has released a new issue that includes the results from the GrOW national study on grandfamilies navigating Covid-19. It includes a policy update by Generations United’s own Ana Beltran, Director, Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network, the first federally supported technical assistance center on the families.  
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. Available in English and Spanish. 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. Available There is also an accompanying fact sheet. Both are available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages is an infographic that 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 that across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach."

--Gloria Steinem
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The cover of the Spring 2022 edition of GRAND Magazine, featuring a photograph of Maria Shriver