Volume 17 | Issue 41 | October 5, 2022

Generations This Week

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

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2022 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event - Register Today

Generations United will release our 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies on Wednesday, November 2. The event will feature key report findings, new data, and a conversation with grandfamily members. 

The event will be held both in person at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and simultaneously live streamed. You will need to register if you plan to attend in person or view the live stream. In-person seating is limited and box lunches will be available on a first come-first served basis. More details coming soon. Register today!

Generations United In The News

Donna Butts was quoted in The New York Times article "Grand-mates: Generations Sharing a Special Bond (and Sometimes the Rent)" Read more.

Ana Beltran, director of the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center was featured in the Administration for Community Living's Blog "Supporting Kinship Families & Grandfamilies Affected by Substance Use Disorders." Read more.

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Meghan Shiffer, 20, lived with her grandmother, Mary Ingraham, as a child. Ms. Shiffer returned to live with her after her mother died in December. Credit Lauren Lancaster for The New York Times

SAVE THE DATES - July 26-28, 2023

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

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, 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. Visit now!

Check Out the Network's First-Year Feats

In celebration of its first anniversary, the Network created and published an infographic highlighting accomplishments over the course of the last year.

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

What's your exemplary kinship/grandfamilies policy, practice, or program? Share it with the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network and get recognized for your work!

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.

Culture United - Nothing Special

In author Desiree Cooper's new children's book — called Nothing Special — a grandfather and grandson find beauty in the ordinary moments of life — from catching crabs at the beach to laying under the stars. Cooper based the book on the relationship between her grandson Jax and her own father, known in the book as PopPop.

Listen to Cooper discuss her new book and intergenerational joy on the Stateside Podcast.

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.

ICYMI - The Kendal Early Learning Center Celebrates Grandparents Day

Children from the Kendal Early Learning Center, part of a shared site at Kendal at Oberlin in Ohio, showed off their best dance moves with their older adult friends to create this short video celebrating Grandparents Day. Click here or on the image to watch. Learn more about Grandparents Day.

Grandfamilies Spotlight

GRAND Voice Mercedes Bristol is featured in Good Housekeeping's article "How Raising Five Grandkids Inspired One Abuela to Help Others Like Her." This story was created as part of From Our Abuelas in partnership with Lexus. From Our Abuelas is a series running across Hearst Magazines to honor and preserve generations of wisdom within Latinx and Hispanic communities. Read Mercedes' story.


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.

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!

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

HUD Section 202 Capital Advance and Ongoing Project Rental Assistance issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for new Section 202 grants, including $15 million for the LEGACY intergenerational units for grandfamilies. 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

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 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.

"Older persons are a tremendous source of knowledge and experience. We must strive to ensure their active engagement, full participation, and essential contributions. Together, let us build more inclusive and age-friendly societies and a more resilient world."

Secretary-General António Guterres, from his message celebrating the United Nations

International Day of Older Persons - Oct. 1, 2022

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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