Volume 17 | Issue 40 | September 28, 2022

Generations This Week

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

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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, & Health

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is hosting the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Administration has released a National Strategy with actions the federal government will take to drive solutions to these challenges. Generations United's public policy and advocacy coordinator Chelsi Rhoades is attending to elevate intergenerational messages. You can also join the effort and share what hunger, nutrition, & health mean to you and your community.  Learn more.

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 while being 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 lunches will be available on a first come-first served basis. More details coming soon. Register today!

Volunteers Needed for Our Global Intergenerational Conference Coming July 2023

Want to make Generations United's 2023 Global Intergenerational Conference an incredible success? Join our Program Committee! Please complete this form to volunteer. 

ICYMI - The White House Issues Proclamation on National Grandparents Day

President Biden issued a proclamation in honor of National Grandparents Day earlier this month. The following excerpt not only acknowledges grandfamilies but also shares the important role President's own grandfather played in his life.

"Grandparents are storytellers and gatekeepers of family tradition. They are wellsprings of knowledge and experience. They are the centerpieces of family gatherings and the glue that keeps so many families together. Grandparents also help raise children...Sometimes they fill in as primary caregivers, putting aside their own needs and working full-time to provide the blessing of a loving family. I know from my own experience how grandparents can step up in critical moments. When my father lost his job in Scranton, Pennsylvania, my grandpop welcomed us into his home and offered us stability during a time of uncertainty." Read the full Proclamation.

Learn more about Grandparents Day.

Visit the Network's New Website

Our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center (The Network) 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. Visit now!

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

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

For National Kinship Care Month, Aysha E. Schomburg, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau amplified GRAND Voice Genia Newkirk and her story of caring for her brother’s daughter, Nadia, and the importance of supporting kinship caregivers by providing them with the resources they need to ensure the best outcomes for the children in their care. Read Genia's story. 

Deborah Willett, a member of Generations United's Grandfamilies Advisory Group, Program Coordinator GRANDFamily Connections of Chester County, PA and GRANDFamily Provider Network of Chester County, created a video with her son Noah Willett explaining the terms grandfamilies/kinship families. Check out the video.

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 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 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.

"I know from my own experience how grandparents can step up in critical moments. When my father lost his job in Scranton, Pennsylvania, my grandpop welcomed us into his home and offered us stability during a time of uncertainty."

President Biden in his 2022 Proclamation for National Grandparents Day

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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