Volume 16 | Issue 6 | February 10, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
In the News
  • In their piece, "When grandparents become caregivers," Resolve Magazine highlighted the Grand Family Coalition in Loveland, CO, which provides support and resources for grandparents caring for younger generations. The article features our GRAND Voice Member Gail Engel. Learn more.

  • RetireGuide ran a piece on self-care for grandparents raising grandchildren. The article quotes Ana Beltran, co-director of Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies. Learn more.
New Podcast Episode!
Rachel Fleischer, executive director of Young Invincibles, joined our Executive Director Donna Butts on The Generations United Podcast to share her group's advocacy history and to discuss ways to connect generations as the Biden administration helps communities build back from COVID-19. Listen to our latest episode.
Webinar on Engaging Older Adults and Young People Remotely—Lessons Learned During the Pandemic
Join Generations United today 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 RRF Foundation for Aging. Register here. 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, for their contribution. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Bringing All Voices to the Table
Join the National Academy of Social Insurance and Generations United, March 2 - 4, 2021, for a three-day conference on Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table. The conference is designed to meet this unique moment where the income and health disparities that COVID-19 has exacerbated and that stem from systemic racism have never been more urgent. Convening a broad, diverse range of experts—grassroots organizers, policymakers, advocates, journalists, and philanthropists—will enable partners to help build the coalitions across communities and policy areas to advance meaningful, comprehensive policy change. Learn more.
Cool Idea
Scotland's first intergenerational facility will combine a nursery and accessible council homes designed for older adults. This shared site will be the first of its kind in the country, and will offer health and wellbeing benefits for older residents and new learning and social opportunities for children attending the nursery. 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
The Star Collection

According to First Nations Pedagogy, elders have been the Gatekeepers of First Nations wisdom, knowledge, and history. The Star Collection books for young American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) readers highlight a connection to that cultural wisdom and community. It also celebrates young people's positive relationships with others that are safe, stable, and nurturing. This two-book collection is intended for kindergarten through third grade AIAN readers.
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
NEW! 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
Stronger Together: The Benefits of Intergenerational Programs for Everyone
In this webinar, 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 CEs are available for attendees. Register here.
Registration Now Open for Generations United's Virtual Conference
Generations United is thrilled to announce our 2021 Virtual Global Intergenerational Conference, taking place June 15-17, 2021! Register today.
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“In Africa, when an old person dies it is like when a library burns down.” ~Hampâté Ba, Malian philosopher
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