Volume 15 | Issue 46 | November 18, 2020
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United in the News
  • CBS 21 News ran a piece on grandfamilies impacted by COVID-19. The story quoted our longtime Special Advisor Ana Beltran as well our GRAND Voice Member Joanne Clough. Learn more.

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Blog shines a light on the unique challenges faced by grandfamilies during the pandemic. The article highlights our recent State of Grandfamilies report. Learn more.
Work Anniversary
We congratulate our Senior Manager Emily Patrick, who celebrated 5 years with Generations United. We recognized Emily and other staff with work anniversaries at our September board meeting. You can join us in celebrating Emily by emailing her.

Stay tuned to see who we announce next week.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our board member Mary Anne Mason for her contribution. We also thank Roy Earnest (who gave in honor of "my late sister Jodie Richers") and Anita Rogers for their donations. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Join Us for Generations United's 2021 Virtual Global Intergenerational Conference
While we won't be able to celebrate in person, our biennial international conference will be packed with opportunities to network, share best practices, learn about the latest research and connect with people around the globe who are passionate about high quality intergenerational programs. Stay tuned for more details about our summer 2021 event including dates, registration, and the call for sessions.

If you’d like to join the conference planning committee, email us at conference@gu.org.
Tweet of the Week
Cool Idea
A "Radical Experiment in Multigenerational Living"
Last November, Helsingborg, a small port city in southern Sweden, introduced Sallbo, a radical experiment in multigenerational living consisting of 51 apartments spread over four floors of a revamped retirement home. More than half of the home's 72 residents are over the age of 70. The remaining residents? They're between the ages of 18 and 25. 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
Sneak Peek at A Promised Land
Ahead of former President Barack Obama's new memoir, A Promised Land, NPR Books presents five clips of Obama reading from his memoir. Those snippets include him talking about his grandmother "Toot" as well as his mother-in-law, Marian, and his daughters. Check them out.
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
The Academy's 2021 Summer Internship Application Season is Now Open! The National Academy of Social Insurance is looking for graduate students, recent graduates, and qualified upper-division undergraduate students for paid summer internships in public policy. Students interested in improving the well-being of individuals and society through economic, social, and/or health policy are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’s nationally-competitive internship programs: Merton C. Bernstein Internship on Social Insurance, Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research Internship, Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy, and Rashi Fein Internship in Health Policy. Deadline for Rashi Fein Internship in Health Policy: Jan. 8, 2021. All other deadlines: Jan. 29, 2021. Learn more.

Classics for Kids Foundation. The mission of the Classics for Kids Foundation is to empower young people to shape positive futures through music, build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provide grants for high quality instruments. The Foundation is offering matching grants to K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States to help purchase stringed instruments. Grants will not exceed 50% of total instrument cost. Requests are reviewed quarterly; the upcoming application deadline is Dec. 31, 2020. Learn more.

Youth Service America. To celebrate Lights On After school last week, YSA announced that applications are now open for our After school grants for this school year. With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, YSA will award After school Grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs. Activities can take place any time between mid-December and the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Programs can apply through Dec. 4. 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.

RRF Foundation for Aging. RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly The Retirement Research Foundation) is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle. During the last 42 years, RRF has awarded nearly 5,000 grants worth almost $250 million—all dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people. RRF recently completed a strategic planning process that sharpened this commitment and focused its grantmaking on four priority areas: Caregiving; Economic Security in Later Life; Housing; Social and Intergenerational Connectedness. LOIs should be submitted online by Dec. 1, 2020 for the February 1st proposal deadline. Learn more

The Children's Bureau. The Children’s Bureau has announced forecasts for two federal funding opportunities to help local jurisdictions better support kinship families:
  • Family Connection Grants: Building the Evidence for Kinship Navigator Programs : HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-CF-1903 
  • Improving Child Welfare Through Kinship Supports and Foster Care as Service to Families: HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-CW-1921 

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & Resources
Factsheet: 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. Soon a vaccine for COVID-19 will also be critical for both age groups. 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
Register Now to Learn About Social Engagement Approaches for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Elders During COVID-19. In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults is holding a webinar focused on social engagement interventions for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian elders. Speakers will highlight cultural considerations when implementing social engagement programs, approaches and interventions that involve American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian elders. Fri., Nov. 20, 2 – 3 pm ET. Learn more and register.
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“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”Donald Woods Winnicott, Playing and Reality
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Best,
Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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