Volume 17 | Issue 37 | September 7, 2022

Generations This Week

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

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Dance Your Way To Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is nearly here! Help Generations United and nearly 20 partners celebrate grandparents, grandparent-like figures, grandfriends as well as other intergenerational connections. 

We invite you to #DoSomethingGrand and fun! Share a video of you dancing to Earth, Wind, & Fire’s September. Be sure to tag Generations United and #DoSomethingGrand. We’ve already had some fantastic contributions. Watch them here.

In partnership with Humana, our Grandparents Day campaign lifts up social isolation’s impact on mental health. Visit www.grandparentsday.org to learn more.

Generations United, Humana Co-Host Grandfamilies Mental Health & Emotional Well-being Webinar

Generations United and Humana will host an interactive webinar on Sept. 12 from Noon to 1 p.m. ET to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on grandfamilies’ mental health and social isolation. The webinar includes a panel of grandfamilies and a presentation from Deborah Langosch, PhD, LCSW, a clinical social worker, trainer, psychotherapist, and consultant. Register here

Generations United Receives William Penn Foundation Grant

Eight organizations are slated to receive 3-year grants totaling nearly $3 million from William Penn Foundation. Generations United was among the grant recipients. Funding will allow us to convene a learning community and provide technical assistance to fellow grantees. Those grants will fund initiatives supporting grandfamilies in Philadelphia. Grant recipients range from grassroots organizations to multi-service agencies. Those initiatives include providing case management, education, emergency funding, outreach, peer support groups, and referrals. More than 1,500 grandfamilies will benefit from William Penn Foundation’s gift. Learn more.

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.

Global Intergenerational Conference Coming in July 2023

Generations United is excited to announce the 2023 Global Intergenerational Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. in July 2023. The conference unites intergenerational professionals, educators, caregivers, advocates, and enthusiasts from around the world to learn, connect, and share innovative practices and programs. Stay tuned for more details. To join our Program Planning Committee, please complete this form.

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 Webinars During National Kinship Care Month

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is hosting two free webinars during National Kinship Care Month:


Collaboration For Grandfamilies and Kinship Family Support

Presenter: Dr. Terry Cross (Seneca), Senior Advisor & Founding Executive Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2-3:30 p.m. ET

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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.

Register for the Upcoming Workshop from Generations United and the Gerontological Society of America ILRCE Interest Group

Generations United and the Gerontological Society of America's Intergenerational Learning, Research, and Community Engagement (ILRCE) interest group are co-hosting a workshop from on Sept.13 at 1 p.m. ET to explore how Generations United and GSA ILRCE members can collaborate and learn from each other. Register today.

GRAND Magazine Honors Generations United's Work

GRAND Magazine honored Generations United earlier this month. The publication devoted to grandparents named us as one of 2022 Best-of-the-best Grandparent Resources. GRAND Magazine also highlighted our grandfamilies advocacy work, featuring a contribution from Generations United Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent.

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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: Mixtape

Mixtape is a movie that revolves around a young woman, who accidentally destroys her mother’s mixtape. She lives with her grandmother after losing her mother. The young woman sets out to discover each obscure track on the cherished cassette. 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.

Intergenerational Program of Distinction or Program of Merit Certification Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 9

Generations United is 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 now due Sept. 9, 2022. Learn more and apply!

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.

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. 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 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. 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.

"Legacy is not what I did for myself. It's what I'm doing for the next generation."

Vitor Belfort

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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