Volume 17 | Issue 38 | September 14, 2022

Generations This Week

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

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Generations United Thanks Partners, Supporters For Fabulous Grandparents Day

Generations United thanks our dedicated Grandparents Day partners for joining us to #DoSomethingGrand. Your support made our campaign to celebrate grandparents, grandfriends, and other intergenerational connections successful. Our 2022 Grandparents Day Campaign partners are listed here.

We invite you to continue to #DoSomethingGrand throughout September! Visit www.grandparentsday.org for ideas and inspiration.

Generations United, Humana Hosted Sept. 12 Self-Care Webinar

Generations United and our Grandparents Day partner Humana hosted an interactive webinar on Sept.12 discussing the COVID-19 pandemic’s influence on grandfamilies’ mental health and social isolation. The webinar featured a stellar grandfamilies panel and presentation by Dr. Deborah Langosch, a clinical social worker, trainer, psychotherapist, and consultant. Watch it here.

Intergenerational Community Building Webinar Features Generations United ED

Northland Diversity in Aging Series’  Intergenerational Community Building webinar takes place Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT and features Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts, Northland Foundation Chief Operating Officer Zane Bail, Lutheran Social Services Youth Services Program Coordinator Kathy Hermes and other experts highlighting intergenerational programs. Register here.

SAVE THE DATE: Global Intergenerational Conference Coming July 2023

Generations United's next Global Intergenerational Conference will be held in July 2023 in Washington, DC! Stay tuned for more details. We are currently looking for people to join the Conference Program Planning Committee. If interested, please complete this form.

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Intergenerational Housing Learning Network To Host Inaugural Virtual 

Gathering on Sept. 21

Generations United invites you to the first meeting of the Intergenerational Housing Learning Network on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. ET. The virtual event will focus on sharing information about intergenerational housing options and discuss ways to encourage intergenerational approaches to affordable housing, senior housing, and supportive housing development. Register today!

Generations United, Partners Launch Intergenerational Institute

Generations United is excited to be working with Engage@EMU and the Ypsilanti Senior Center on a new Ypsilanti Intergenerational Community Solutions Institute - an intergenerational training and design institute that will bring together key stakeholders in the City of Ypsilanti for a series of gatherings to collaboratively learn about intergenerational issues and plan intergenerational initiatives to reduce social isolation and improve health outcomes for all generations. This work is supported by a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Learn more.

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!

Network Hosts Upcoming Webinar During National Kinship Care Month

Family Dynamics in Kinship Families: Implications for Services and Programs

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Crumbley, nationally-renowned kinship expert, trainer, consultant, & therapist

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Register Here

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.

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.

Thank You to 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!

Culture United: Hit The Road

Brit has had her driver’s license only 11 days when her parents drop her off to stay at her grandmother’s house for two weeks while they go on vacation. Little do they know Brit is headed for a three-state road trip with Nannie to pick up her college roommates, Florence, Aurelia, and Daisy, and bring them to their alma mater for their 65th—and most likely final—reunion. 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.

LinkAGES Colorado's New Video on Intergenerational Evaluation

LinkAGES Colorado (a Generations United Program of Distinction) just released the first video in their Evaluation Education Series. This series is designed to make program evaluation easy and actionable for all program managers and facilitators. Click here to watch the first one, Scope & Purpose of Evaluation. LinkAGES is developing a whole suite of educational materials for organizations that want to facilitate intergenerational programs. Stay tuned for more information!

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

T-Mobile Hometown Grants is a $25 million, five-year initiative 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. Available There is also an accompanying fact sheet. Both are 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.

"One of the things we want to do is find ways, first, to impress these parents how important it is to have children in a situation where they can respond to them and, second, to bring intergenerational relationships into play."

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

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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