Volume 17 | Issue 43 | October 19, 2022

Generations This Week

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

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Remembering Dr. Sally Newman 

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Sally Newman on Friday, September 23, 2022, at the age of 93. Sally was a pioneer and a legend. Even if you never met Sally, your work in the intergenerational field was influenced by her scholarly work and passion for connecting generations. Sally founded Generations Together at the University of Pittsburgh in 1979, serving as its Executive Director until 2004. She worked with her team to create the first intergenerational specialist certification. Sally was instrumental in connecting practitioners and researchers around the globe. She established the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships and wrote the seminal textbook Intergenerational Programs: Past, Present, and Future. Her obituary sums up not only her professional career, but also what a wonderful person she was to all who knew her.

Sally’s family created a Jamboard that includes some wonderful photos, and they ask that you share your memories, so we can all honor Sally’s life together. The Jamboard also includes details on the Zoom memorial service on Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET.

2022 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event - Register Today!

On Wednesday, November 2, Generations United will host an event to release our 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies. The event will feature key report findings, new data, and a conversation with grandfamily members. Join us in-person at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. or via a simultaneous live-stream. Register today!

SAVE THE DATES - July 26-28, 2023

Generations United's 2023 Global Intergenerational Conference will be held July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Want to help make it an incredible success? Join our Program Committee! Please complete this form to volunteer. 

Visit the Network's New Website

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

Two New Resources Available

The Network has published two new resources: Kinship Navigator Programs Around the United States and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Facts for Grandfamilies and Kinship Families

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

READY FOR RECOGNITION? The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network wants to lift up your exemplary policy, practice, or program!

The 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.

Grandfamilies Spotlight

The Biden administration proposes spending $20 billion over a decade to help grandfamilies navigate the child welfare system. The administration wants to increase the numbers of kinship placements- incentivizing states to place children with relatives, putting more money into supportive programs, and expanding a tax credit to include those who take legal guardianship of younger family members. Deputy Executive Director Jaia Lent is quoted in a New York Times piece on the proposal. Read more here

Photo credit: NYT/Chet Strange

According to new analysis from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, one in seven Latino children live with grandparents, who play an important role in children's lives. While the majority of these children live in multigenerational households, the analysis found that 1.6% of Latino children lived with their grandparents with no parents present. Generations United has several resources on best supporting these grandfamilies, including the Latino Grandfamilies Toolkit and Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration

Cool Idea - Perfect Pair

The nonprofit Perfect Pair is looking to reduce loneliness and bridge the gap between generations by making one-on-one connections between older adults and college students. With a goal to "reunite people with their passions," participants are matched based on personal interests or shared backgrounds. Pairs meet weekly and can choose from more than 50 activities to engage in. Perfect Pair has chapters at five universities across the U.S. and is growing- learn more today!

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas with #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!

Call for Practice Briefs- GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy 

Do you run a program for grandfamilies and other kinship caregivers? The National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren's online journal, GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, invites practitioners to submit a short summary of their program including:

  • Name and location
  • Program conceptualization and purpose
  • Services for caregivers and youth
  • Challenges encountered and how barriers were overcome
  • Accomplishments and successes 
  • Tips for other providers and lessons learned 

The submission deadline is December 15, 2022. Submissions should have an approximate total word count of 2500. Completed manuscripts should be submitted online. Any questions about submissions can be sent to co-managing editor Dr. Deborah Langosch at drlangosch@gmail.com

Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

Thank you to all of 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!

ACL Accepting Comments on the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers through Nov. 30

The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers (the strategy) is now available for public comment. Comments received from the public will be used to inform the ongoing work of two Congressionally mandated caregiving advisory councils, as well as to inform future updates to the strategy. Comments can be submitted via an online form.

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.

Learn more about these great opportunities.

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

The Wallace Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from groups of organizations that are working together to promote youth development, are seeking financial support to strengthen their work, and can help determine new directions for its Learning and Enrichment programs. Each group of organizations selected will receive grants averaging $200,000 for a year of work, as well as access to other supports such as peer learning and technical assistance. Expressions of interest are due by November 4. Learn more. 

The AmeriCorps State and National American Rescue Plan Planning Grants provide support to develop an AmeriCorps program that will engage AmeriCorps members in implementing evidence-based interventions to solve community problems. Priority is given to organizations leading service in rural communities, tribal communities, and communities with concentrated poverty, and those organizations serving historically underrepresented and underserved individuals. The application deadline is November 14. Learn more. 

The Actors' Equity Foundation Theatre Grants are awarded to theatres which have a current 501c3 tax exempt status, an established artistic and administrative track record, a history of fiscal responsibility, and have worked to improve the state of the theatre. Applications must be submitted by November 30. Learn more. 

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 basisLearn 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

Guides.vote Nonpartisan Candidate Guides Now Available for 2022 Elections

People often don’t vote because they’re confused, cynical, and subject to disinformation. To help voters feel confident and informed about where candidates stand, guides.vote has created concise, credible, and nonpartisan candidate guides for major 2022 U.S. Senate, Governor, and Secretary of State races. Visit guides.vote to access your state’s candidate guides and voter education resources, and learn more about how to provide a concise and credible way to compare candidates’ stands and make clear why voting matters!

Generations United Resources

The 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 is also an accompanying fact sheet 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.

"Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, some kind of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers."

Gilbert Highet 

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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