Volume 17 | Issue 48 | November 23, 2022

Generations This Week

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

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Giving Thanks

We are thankful for all of you and wish you meaningful connections with friends and family of all ages during this season. We also share a few resources to reflect on the deeper meaning of the holiday and to raise awareness of American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage:

Generations United in the News

On Saturday, November 19, CBS Saturday Morning aired the story "Preschool at retirement complex promotes intergenerational learning." This fantastic piece showcases the Kindness Creators Intergenerational Preschool, an intergenerational shared site in Oak Park, Illinois and includes comments from Executive Director Donna Butts.

On Friday, November 18, USA Today published a story entitled "Strain on 'grandfamilies': Grandparents raising grandkids face high levels of food insecurity." The article, which includes quotes from Deputy Executive Director Jaia Lent and features quotes and photos from GRAND Voice Mercedes Bristol, highlights our 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies.

Mercedes Bristol

Mercedes Bristol in 2021

We're Partnering with Nutella for the Nutella Nonna Holiday Contest

This holiday season Nutella® is inviting baking enthusiasts of all ages to get their signature Nutella recipe "Nutella Nonna Approved" while encouraging families and friends to create special holiday baking memories, together. Those who participate are entered for a chance to win a grand prize trip to Italy and one of 200+ weekly prizes. For every entry through December 11th, Nutella will also donate $1 to Generations United (up to $10,000). To enter, simply share your Nutella holiday recipe on Instagram using #NutellaNonnaContest and tag @Nutella. To launch the program Nutella has teamed up with Italian baking expert and grandmother, Nonna Pia, who is known for her authentic viral Italian cooking videos on social media.

For additional contest details or to learn more on how to sweeten your holiday season with Nutella, visit NutellaNonna.com

Check Out Our Updated Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit

We just released an update to our Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit created in 2019 by Dr. Shannon Jarrott with support from The Eisner Foundation. The update includes over 20 reliable and valid outcome measures that have been used in the evaluation of intergenerational programs. Learn more.

An image of the cover of the Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit, which features a photo of an Asian American girl and her grandfather smiling as they write/draw together

The 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference - July 26-28, 2023

Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference will be held July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Be sure to save the dates and start planning to join us. This will be our first in-person conference since 2019 and the first time back in D.C. in 10 years. Bookmark the conference website for updates. 

Congratulations to Dr. Ernest Gonzales

Dr. Ernest Gonzales has received the James Weldon Johnson Professorship at New York University. Ernest is a long time friend of Generations United and champion of intergenerational strategies. His research focuses on the relationships between intergenerational work, social determinants of health, healthy aging, and productive activities. James Weldon Johnson Professorship appointments recognize professors "for the positive impact of their work on society." Learn more about Ernest's work and check out Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs - a report he wrote to provide rationale and facts on intergenerational programs.

Dr. Ernest Gonzales
2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

Only 1 Week Left in Comment Period for the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

The public comment period for the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers will close at 11:59 PM on November 30, 2022. Deputy Executive Director Jaia Lent and several GRAND Voices contributed to the development of the Strategy. Comments can be submitted via an online form. Respondents have the option to comment on each individual component of the Strategy or provide comments about the Strategy as a whole. For additional information on the Strategy, contact Greg Link.

Visit the Network's Website

The Network has launched its website, https://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!

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 - Angela Alvarez

Two musicians tied to receive the Best New Artist award at the Latin Grammys on Thursday, November 17. One of the winners was Angela Alvarez, who, at 95 years old, is the oldest musician ever to receive a nomination in that category. Alvarez's musical dreams came true with the help of her grandson, Carlos José Alvarez. Visit her website to learn more about her story; hear music from her album, Angela Alvarez; and watch a trailer for the movie about her life.

Angela Alvarez poses with her Latin Grammy

Photo from Omar Vega/FilmMagic

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 will share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. See disclaimer.

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Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

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!

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Residential (Long Term Foster Care) Services for Unaccompanied Children is a Standing Notice of Funding Opportunity (SNOFO) from the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Operations (ORR/DUCO) within the Administration for Children and Families. It is designed to support long-term foster care providers. Applications are due by November 29. Learn more.

The Actors' Equity Foundation Theatre Grants are awarded to theatres that have a current 501c3 tax-exempt status, an established artistic and administrative track record, a history of fiscal responsibility, and have worked to improve the state of the theatre. Applications must be submitted by November 30. Learn more. 

The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides funding for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for pre-K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer conflict resolution education skills from adults to youth. Grants will range from $20,000 to $40,000. The deadline for submitting initial project idea descriptions is January 9, 2023; invited applications will be due May 19, 2023. Learn more.

Eisner Foundation New York City Grants are now open. Nonprofit organizations with intergenerational efforts operating in one or more of New York's five boroughs are encouraged to apply no later than January 15, 2023. Review the criteria and guidelines, and begin your application here.

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants of $250 or $500 will support youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action for Global Youth Service Day 2023 and make an impact towards ending childhood hunger in America. Learn more about this program. Applications are due by January 16, 2023.

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

2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book: The 33rd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how children in America are in the midst of a mental health crisis, struggling with anxiety and depression at unprecedented levels. This year’s publication continues to present national and state data across four domains — economic well-being, education, health, and family and community — and ranks states in overall child well-being. The report includes pre-pandemic figures as well as more recent statistics, and shares the latest information of its kind available. Learn more.

Call for Practice Briefs - GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy: Do you run a program for grandfamilies and other kinship caregivers? The National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren's online journal, GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, invites practitioners to submit a short summary of their program. The submission deadline is December 15, 2022. Completed manuscripts should be submitted online. Any questions about submissions can be sent to co-managing editor Dr. Deborah Langosch at drlangosch@gmail.com

Generations United Resources

2022 State of Grandfamilies Report  Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies includes the latest findings on grandfamilies facing high rates of hunger and food insecurity, as well as policy recommendations to help feed grandfamilies. Read the report to explore the data and learn why we need to change current policies to ensure access to adequate nutritious food for grandparents.

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. Learn more.

"When I became a photographer, I started understanding. I’m nothing but a conduit, doing something that has been passed down from generation to generation. We are truthful revealers. We are storytellers. We are light bringers."

Devin Allen

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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