Volume 17 | Issue 30 | July 27, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generating Buzz
Generations United ED Featured in Washington Post Article on Intergenerational Housing
Photo by Nadia Abdullah
A need for affordable housing inspired an intergenerational connection between Nadia Abdullah, 25, and Judith Allonby, 64, in Malden, Mass. That connection has blossomed into a friendship and helped keep Judith in her family home, Washington Post reporter Cathy Free noted in her July 15 story. Free included valuable insights from Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts about the value and impact of intergenerational relationships. Read more here.
Generations United Seeking Senior Manager, Intergenerational Initiatives
The Senior Manager, Intergenerational Initiatives is a new position at Generations United that will be a key part of our intergenerational program team. Main responsibilities are to lead our work to amplify and support our diverse intergenerational programs initiative; manage grant-funded and other on-going initiatives; deliver training and technical assistance; develop resources; and engage with our members and network. Preference given to applications received before August 17, 2022. Apply and learn more.
Exemplary Kinship/Grandfamilies Policies, Practices, and Programs Application Opens Soon
The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network (Network) is seeking to identify and designate exemplary kinship/grandfamilies policies, practices, and programs. The Network will soon invite the submission of applications from government agencies in states, territories, and tribes, as well as private kinship navigator programs and other community-based organizations that serve grandfamilies and kinship families. Please check out this space next week for more information and a link to the application.
Network Seeking New Project Assistant
The Network is seeking a Project Assistant. The Project Assistant is an integral part of the Network team and provides important project support that helps improve programs and services for grandfamilies and kinship families. Read more about this great opportunity here.
As always, the Network is accepting individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems or organizations that serve kinship families. Fill out the contact form to request assistance. 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.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
Thank you to Elizabeth O'Connell-Thompson for your generous contribution to Generations United! Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organizationjoin us!
Apply by Aug. 22 for the Intergenerational Program of Distinction or Program of Merit Certification
Generations United is now accepting applications to recognize outstanding intergenerational programs that are connecting younger and older people in the United States. The Program of Distinction and Program of Merit (new in 2022) designations are based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program and are intended to recognize the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. Applications are due August 22, 2022. Learn more and apply!
Upcoming Generations United Webinars
Cultural Responsiveness in Intergenerational Programs Webinar on Aug. 16
Join Generations United on August 16 at 2 p.m. ET for a webinar on the importance of cultural responsiveness in intergenerational programming. The virtual event, co-hosted by the National Indian Child Welfare Association and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, will include examples of organizations bringing younger and older people together in diverse communities and provide practical recommendations for designing programs and activities that reflect different cultural norms and values. More details to come. Register today!
Adrian Sherratt/The Observer
Reimagining Intergenerational Housing Webinar on Aug. 23
Join Generations United and Nesterly for a webinar on August 23, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. EDT exploring the emerging continuum of intergenerational living approaches, including home sharing, and how communities and organizations can help advance them. Presenters will include Donna Butts of Generations United and Noelle Marcus of Nesterly. Register today!
Culture United - Connecting With A Kindred Spirit
Tate P. Ellerbee, who lives in Rippling Creek, La., in 1948, gets a writing assignment from her teacher–learn to write a letter. Tate picks the perfect pen pal, rising country music star Hank Williams. Tate, her great-aunt, and great-uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night. She believes she and Hank must be kindred spirits. An intergenerational family relationship frames the story of Tate’s aspirational intergenerational connection with Hank Williams. Read 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.
DOROT Hosts First In-Person Event In Two Years
Earlier this month, our friends at DOROT opened their doors for their first onsite, in-person event in over 2 years! DOROT engages volunteers and older adults in in-person and virtual intergenerational activities such as friendly visiting, tech tutoring, food delivery, storytelling, and special holiday programming. DOROT’s experience and success in connecting youth and older adults has earned them the designation of a Generations United Program of Distinction. As they begin welcoming their community back in-person, we can’t wait to see the friendships and connections that form.

Interested in learning more about the Program of Distinction designation? Click here
Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideasYou 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer Grants are available to young people who are currently residing in the United States and between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. The grants support service projects that are youth-led and respond to an identified need in your community. Projects should not be overtly political in nature and/or relate to a specific political party. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling 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.

The Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth initiative supports high-quality arts programs to help reduce juvenile delinquency, recidivism, or other problem and high-risk behaviors. Arts programs include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpting, drama, digital media, film, music, dance, singing, and creative writing. Goals include developing or expanding high-quality community-based art programs for justice-involved youth in underserved areas, and developing or expanding high-quality, culturally relevant and responsive art programs for justice-involved racial and ethnic minority youth. Applications are due to grants.gov by July 18, 2022. The JustGrants deadline is August 1, 2022.

Looking Out Foundation helps empower those with no voice. The Foundation supports nonprofits nationwide that address the ever-changing needs of the human race, including disadvantaged youth; public health; community development; women/gender equality; the environment, including environmental education; the arts; human and civil rights; and the hungry and the homeless. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications are due Feb. 1 and August 1, annually. Learn more.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a $20 million cooperative agreement funding opportunity for an academic or nonprofit organization to improve participation and retention in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC. The application deadline is August 1, 2022. Learn more.

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for Grants for Arts Projects and Our Town. The Grants for Arts Projects program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Our Town supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. The application deadline for Our Town is August 4, 2022. Learn more.

The Department of Education posted the application for $68 million in grants to support students through Full-Service Community Schools today. Applications are due Sept. 12, 2022. Please review the most updated grant timeline here.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Resources and Research
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy has released a new issue that includes the results from the GrOW national study on grandfamilies navigating Covid-19. It includes a policy update by Generations United’s own Ana Beltran, Director, Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network, the first federally supported technical assistance center on the families. 
Generations United Resources
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.

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.
"Retire from your job but never from projects.If you want to live a long life, you need eustress. That is, a deep sense of meaning of contribution to worthy projects and causes, particularly your intergenerational family."

Stephen Covey
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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The cover of the Spring 2022 edition of GRAND Magazine, featuring a photograph of Maria Shriver