Volume 17 | Issue 6 | February 9, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United in the News
GRAND Voice Victoria Gray was quoted in the press release from Arizona Governor Ducey's office on the passage of House Bill 2274 in the House Health and Human Services Committee. 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. Please join us in welcoming them to the team!
Melissa Devlin joined Generations United in January as the Assistant Director for the Grandfamilies and Kinship Support Network. Melissa is responsible for helping to manage the center and implement its workplan. Melissa has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management.
Shalah Bottoms who joined the team in January, is the Technical Assistance Specialist for the Grandfamilies and Kinship Support Network. Shalah is responsible for supporting training and technical assistance that the center provides and helping to disseminate that learning.
Culture United - Collective Wisdom
In this multilayered collection of interviews, conversations and photographs, over 100 trailblazing women describe the ups, downs, and lessons learned while forging their unique paths. Collective Wisdom celebrates the life stories of those who have been there — from an Olympic athlete and a NASA team member to award-winning artists, activists, writers, and filmmakers, from women in their fifties to centenarians. It is also a tribute to the importance of intergenerational connections between women, with interviews conducted by daughters, friends, mentors, and colleagues.

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.
Seeking Office Assistant - Apply by February 16
Generations United is seeking an office assistant to join their results-oriented team! This Washington, DC-based position is responsible for managing inquiries received by email and phone and general office duties. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to gu@gu.org with the subject line “Office Assistant” by Wednesday, February 16. 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.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
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 - Intergenerational Essay Contest
The City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs is sponsoring the 40th annual “A Senior I Know” intergenerational essay contest for first through fifth grade students. The contest encourages students to choose a significant older senior and write an essay about the positive impact they have gained from them. The winning essays are chosen by a committee that consists of retired educators. Winners will be recognized in May which is also Older Americans Month. Each contest winner will receive fun prizes provided by community sponsors.

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
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 JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Mini-Grant Program supports the development of innovative and effective programs that can be replicated by community mediation centers nationwide and serve as a pathway to their sustainability and growth. The 2022 Mini-Grant Program will focus on organizations helping communities assess and address a range of community conditions to assist them in developing and implementing new approaches to community safety. Proposed projects should expand how organizations currently serve communities (through mediation, restorative justice practices, conflict coaching, conflict management training, or dialogue processes) by offering a new or enhanced process to help people, institutions, and the community as a whole on their path toward re-imaging community safety. Mini-Grants of $15,000 for two years will be awarded to up to five organizations across the country. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and public agencies are eligible to apply. Deadline for Solicitation of Interest responses is Mar. 7, 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
Benefits of Kinship Placement Tool
This tool, created by the Children’s Rights Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Litigation Section, gives lawyers social science support for in-court and out-of-court legal advocacy. Learn more.
Now Available: Spanish Version of 2021 State of Grandfamilies Report
Generations United has released the Spanish language version of the 2021 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report. This report highlights how the systems and services that help U.S. families were not designed for grandfamilies, leaving children and caregivers in these families with inequitable access to key resources to help their families thrive. 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. Available in English and Spanish. 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. 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.. 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 often hear about stepping outside ourselves, but rarely about stepping outside our generations."
~ Criss Jami

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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