Volume 17 | Issue 4 | January 26, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Seeking Assistant Director, National Center on Grandfamilies - Apply by February 7th
Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies is seeking an Assistant Director to join our results-oriented team. The Assistant Director is responsible for leading a cross-site Kinship Navigator Collaborative program and evaluation, grants and contracts for the Center, overseeing and managing grandfamilies’ engagement, creating and ensuring the quality of the Center’s publications and website content, conducting federal advocacy, and supervising staff and consultants working on relevant projects. The senior-level, Washington DC-based position will work with the organization’s management team to participate in fundraising and budgeting functions of the Center. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to gu@gu.org by Monday, Feb. 7. Learn more.
Meet Our New Staff
Generations United has added several fantastic new staff members to our team over the past few months and we want to introduce them each to you. We will be featuring new staff profiles over the next few weeks. Please join us in welcoming all of them to the team.
Ali Siegmund started with Generations United this past June and transitioned to the National Center on Grandfamilies in the fall as the Grandfamilies Project Assistant. She supports program implementation and special projects for the Center.
Karen Gillespie joined the team in October and is the Grandfamilies Project Assistant, where she supports program implementation and special projects for the National Center on Grandfamilies. Karen has also served as a Generations United GRAND Voice member for 4 years. 
Robyn Wind is our GRAND Voices Support Coordinator and joined Generations United in November. She provides coordination and support to our national network of grandfamily caregivers. Additionally, Robyn has been a GRAND Voice for Generations United for 4 years.
Generations United in the News
Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United is featured on Episode 3 of the Stanford Center of Longevity’s Century Lives podcast talking about why multigenerational living may be the way of the future to maintain our quality of life. Learn more and listen.
New Website for USAging
When was the last time you visited USAging.org? If it’s been a while, check out their website’s new look and updated site navigation and learn about the organization’s work and programs. USAging is a longtime Generations United member and partner. Learn more.
Culture United - Della Mae
Della Mae, a film by award-wining screenwriter Nakia Stephens, is about a widowed woman who's convinced by her granddaughter to road trip across the country and take a shot at fulfilling her lifelong dream of being in a Hollywood film. Della Mae is available this month on Aspire TV. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music, and TV shows 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.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
A big thank you to Carlos and May-May Horcasitas for their generous donation. Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!
Cool Ideas - Learning Buddies
The DARTS Learning Buddies program, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year — connects 130 older adult volunteers from with students on a weekly basis. They pair up for reading exercises, spelling and vocabulary games, math support and more. The Learning Buddies program started with a single volunteer in 1997 and now has 130 volunteers in about 50 schools in Minnesota’s Dakota, Scott and Ramsey counties. Learn more.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You 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.
Inaugural Issue of Family Integrity and Justice Quarterly
Family Integrity & Justice Works at Public Knowledge® has just published their inaugural issue of the Family Integrity & Justice (FIJ) Quarterly. This free digital publication brings many of the dark realities of the child welfare system to light. The issue looks at the harsh truth of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) from a variety of experts who have either interacted with or been impacted directly by this harmful legislation.

The journal is being edited by Jerry Milner and David Kelly, former leadership at the Children’s Bureau at HHS, and features an article by Autumn Adams, who spoke at Generation United's 2021 Virtual Global Conference. Learn more.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Aim High grant program is funded by the New York Life Foundation and administered by the Afterschool Alliance, and supports out-of-school programs serving middle school youth nationwide. Funded programs must serve a high percentage, at least 75 percent, of low-income youth. Twenty one-year grants of $15,000 will focus on supporting programs in their racial equity and social justice efforts. Twenty two-year grants ($50,000 or $100,000) will focus on supporting programs in enhancing direct services, technical assistance, capacity building, and their efforts to continue to serve youth as the pandemic continues to change and impact families in different ways. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2022. Learn more.

American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities. AmeriCorps Seniors' focus with this opportunity are applicants who can demonstrate how they will engage adults age 55 and over in impactful national service to address one or more of the identified priorities. AmeriCorps Seniors prioritizes serving communities that are hard-to-reach and/or those that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2022. Learn more.

NEA Funding Guidelines Posted. Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) and Challenge America funding are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Through their programs, they encourage activities that rebuild the creative economy and educate the next generation, unite and heal the nation through the arts, and serve the nation’s arts field.

The AARP® Purpose Prize® Award supports AARP's mission by honoring nonprofit founders ages 50 and older who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all. Submit your application! Call for applications open through Feb. 28, 2022. Learn more.

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces; housing; transportation; civic engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; support efforts to build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and other innovative ideas that support people age 50 or older. Applications due Mar. 22, 2022. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
NEW - Kinship Caregiving Options: Considerations for Caregivers
A new resource, Kinship Caregiving Options: Considerations for Caregivers, has been developed in partnership with the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Children’s Defense Fund, and Generations United, with support from Casey Family Programs. The publication provides a broad, national overview of choices that may be available to caregivers, along with related considerations, to help caregivers make more informed decisions about pathways to pursue. Learn more.
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. Learn more.

Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family. This new toolkit is designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve all Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement. 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.. Learn more.

Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone, serves as a companion piece to Making the Case and provides a synthesized overview of the benefits. Learn more.

Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic shares what we have learned about intergenerational engagement during the pandemic, including examples of inspiring intergenerational initiatives; tips for addressing the digital divide; and resources to help you get started or strengthen your intergenerational work. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages. Generations United's new infographic 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.

"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization..."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

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The Generations United Team
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