Volume 17 | Issue 39 | September 21, 2022

Generations This Week

News for Advocates of Children, Youth, and Older Adults from Generations United

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Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network Launches Website

Our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network:A National Technical Assistance Center  has launched its new website at www.GKSNetwork.org! Check it out to find a variety of resources. Our resource library will keep growing, so please visit often to discover more!

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Apply Today for an Exemplary Kinship/Grandfamilies Policy, Practice, and Program Designation

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center (Network) is seeking to identify and designate exemplary kinship/grandfamilies policies, practices, and programs to elevate good work and share exemplary strategies with others. The Network encourages applications from government agencies in states, tribes, and territories, as well as private kinship navigator programs and other community-based organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies. Apply today! Learn more.

Technical Assistance Requests

As always, the Network is accepting individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems or organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies. Fill out the TA request form to receive support from our team. 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.

Volunteers Needed for Our Global Intergenerational Conference Coming July 2023

Want to make Generations United's 2023 Global Intergenerational Conference our best one yet? Join our Program Committee! Please complete this form to volunteer.


Photo Courtesy of Ichoan Nursing Home, Kitakyushu, Japan.

Baby Workers Brighten Nursing Home Residents' Days

Sounds of giggles, little feet, and walkers echo through Japanese nursing home’s walls. “Baby workers” are brightening residents’ days as they bridge generations. More than 30 children, all under 4-years-old, (who are accompanied by parents or guardians) create memories with their new older friends. Families earn diapers, baby formula, baby photo shoots and coupons for a nearby café for their labor of love. 

Read the New York Times story.

Kelly Clarkson Lifts Up DOROT, Intergenerational Friendship

We congratulate our friends at DOROT for being recognized for their great work. Entertainer Kelly Clarkson celebrated Marilyn Warner and Nathaniel Tanenbaum’s intergenerational connection on her eponymous talk show. Marilyn and Nathaniel met at DOROT’s Summer Teen Internship Program in 2020.

“You both seem to have a genuine connection,” Kelly said while introducing Marilyn and Nathaniel. “I love that DOROT brings people together in such a positive way to combat social isolation.”

Watch the clip.

Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

Thank you to Bert Hayslip for his donation to Generations United. Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!

Culture United: Patchwork Quilt

Tanya cuts old clothing into scraps to help her mother and grandmother make a

beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life. Children from all families will be drawn into this story about being sewn together like quilt blocks.  Learn more here.

Culture 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.

Children's Bureau Hosting Kinship Caregiver Self-Care Webinar Today

Kinship caregivers often think of the children they are raising before themselves. Join the Children's Bureau Learning and Coordination Center virtual self-care webinar at 2 p.m. ET today! Register here.

Learn more about kinship caregiver health & strategies to help caregivers practice self-care and have compassion for themselves. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors and social workers helped create this webinar. 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Sesame Street's Rosita

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and join Rosita from Sesame Street as she looks back on all the amazing things she's learned about her Mexican culture from her abuela, and how those memories come to life in their story quilt!  

Click here to read the storybook.

Generations United is Hiring

Generations United is currently hiring for two positions - Senior Manager, Intergenerational Initiatives and Project Assistant for our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center.

Learn more about these great opportunities.

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

T-Mobile Hometown Grants is a $25 million five-year initiative, which began in April 2021, to support the people and organizations that help small towns across America thrive and grow. T-Mobile is putting out the call again for potential new awardees. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly 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. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.

Think Intergenerational - Great Resources

Generations United Resources

Koreatown Storytelling Program Profile is part of our work to spotlight outstanding intergenerational programming in diverse communities around the country. This program is an oral history and media project connecting high school journalists and community elders in Los Angeles’s Koreatown neighborhood. Learn more.

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.

Racial Equity Toolkits are designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, so they can better serve all grandfamilies. Generations United has produced a toolkit for American Indian and Alaska Native grandfamilies, African-American grandfamilies, and Latino grandfamilies. 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. There are also an accompanying fact sheets 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.

"I want to be the bridge to the next generation."

NBA Legend Michael Jordan

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 us at gu@gu.org. We'd love to hear from you!

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