Volume 18 | Issue 9 | March 1, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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Global Conference Updates - Deadline for 2023 Generations United Awards Nominations is March 6th!

Know a person, program, or organization doing innovative and outstanding work in the intergenerational and grandfamily fields? Nominate them for a Generations United Award, to be presented during the 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference in Washington D.C.! Interested individuals are encouraged to self-nominate. The deadline for nominations is March 6. Learn more.

Registration is open for Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference, to be held July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, DC! Special savings are available to people who register by March 15. Register today!

Thank you to The Eisner Foundation, our premier sponsor of the 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference.

Generations United in the News

Executive Director Donna Butts is quoted in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution titled "Opinion/Solutions: On-campus retirement communities help generations support each other." She discusses intergenerational connections and its benefits. Our Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit is also mentioned. Read more.

Our 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report is mentioned in a recent blog post on FRAC's website. The blog post is titled "Show Love for Grandfamilies and Kinship Families in Your Community" and can be read here.

Webinar: The Unique Dynamics of Shared/Co-Parenting in Kinship Families

Our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is hosting a webinar with internationally renowned kinship trainer and consultant Dr. Joseph Crumbley!

Join us Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. ET to learn shared/co-parenting strategies that provide well-being, safety, and stability for children in kinship families. Register now.

Thank you Harbor House of Louisville Inc.

The work of Generations United is made possible because of the financial support of foundations, corporations, member organizations, and donors. Thank you Harbor House for your membership renewal and ongoing partnership.

Meet Generations United's Board Members

The Generations United Board of Directors recently re-elected board members for a new three-year terms. We are grateful for their service and look forward to introducing you to them over the next few weeks. Up next are…

Lisa Coen

U.S. Public Affairs Lead


Lynette Fraga

Learn more about our Board Officers and Board Members here.

We're Hiring

Generations United is hiring for three positions - Project Assistant, Grants & Contracts Specialist and Technical Assistance Specialist with the Grandfamiles & Kinship Support Network. Learn more about the positions and apply today!

Program Spotlight - VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides programming, resources and individualized support to visually impaired individuals and their caregivers in all 5 boroughs of New York City and the greater NYC metro area. The VISIONS Center on Aging, the first older adult center (OAC) in the country explicitly designed for low vision and blind older adults, aims to reduce social isolation and increase older adults' ability to live independently and confidently. The VISIONS OAC Intergenerational Program, a Generations United Program of Distinction, recruits high school students to provide weekly social service visits weekly to blind or vision impaired older adults who are living independently in their homes, via phone/video chats, and to provide services on site at the center. Youth volunteers read, assist with technology needs, shop, escort and provide companionship to older adults. Due to the COVID pandemic, volunteers have been providing weekly wellness check-ins and increased technology help to ensure seniors stay connected. Volunteers assist on site with leading classes, assisting with special events and distributing meals. Learn more about VISIONS and their intergenerational programming here.

Photo courtesy of VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Each week, Generations United is spotlighting a recipient of our Intergenerational Program Certification. The certification is an annual recognition of outstanding programs bringing older and younger participants together and is based on rigorous standards of program effectiveness and sustainability. Learn more about the Intergenerational Program Certification here.

Do you have 5 minutes to help build Generations United’s shared site learning network?

As part of Generations United’s effort to support the development of intergenerational shared sites, we have created a short survey to explore ways to strengthen our intergenerational shared site learning network. This survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. We very much appreciate your input and time! Take the survey.

Also, please sign up to receive our new quarterly intergenerational shared site alert - coming soon!

Monthly Resource: Legal Options for Grandfamily & Kin Caregivers

This tip sheet provides information on care and custody options for kinship/grandfamilies, answers to a few commonly asked questions, and a technical assistance tip for professionals working with kinship/grandfamilies. It is full of vetted links to additional information, all conveniently collected in one short resource. We are grateful to our partners at ZERO TO THREE for their leadership in producing these monthly resources.

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Accepting 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 - Youth Villages podcast Season 2: Stronger Than You Think

Youth Villages' podcast Stronger Than You Think is back for season two! Featuring clinical experts, Stronger Than You Think is an opportunity to amplify the stories of young people and demonstrate how Youth Villages' work can transform their lives and create space for them to heal. New episodes launch every Wednesday (Feb. 15 – April 12). Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us, and we'll share them in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. See disclaimer.

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

Youth Service America (YSA) is searching for Heartwarming Young Heroes with creative ideas to foster meaningful connections, promote inclusion, and teach empathy. With support from Hershey's Heartwarming Project, YSA will award up to $50,000 in grants for youth-led service projects and community-building activities during Global Youth Service Day (April 28-30). All youth ages 5-25 in the United States (including U.S. territories and military bases & DoD schools) and Canada are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Sunday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m. your local time. Learn more.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking grant proposals for projects to support the development and/or enhancement of strategic multi-system and multi-level collaboration between child welfare, early care and education systems, and other relevant partners to effectively prevent child abuse and neglect and provide comprehensive supports to children and families with or at-risk of involvement with the child welfare system, including children of color and their families. Grant funding will support infrastructure and capacity-building through the development of policy, coordination mechanisms and procedures, quality practice, and other cross-system strategies. Applications are due March 13, 2023. Learn more.

Riley's Way Foundation's Call for Kindness empowers young leaders throughout the U.S. to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and positive change. In 2023, Riley's Way will award up to $3,000 to as many as 36 youth-led projects rooted in the values of kindness, empathy, youth leadership, and inclusive community that tackle anything from equity and social justice issues to building meaningful connections in a school or community. At least ten of the selected projects will be specifically focused on environmental justice. Winners will also participate in a leadership development fellowship. Youth ages 13 to 22 that are living in the United States are eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is April 2, 2023. Learn more.

Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is funding research on supportive family policies and programs that have strong potential to impact equitable access to nutritious food in communities, nutrition security, diet quality, and improved nutrition and health outcomes. Apply by April 5, 2023. Learn more.

NEW: J.M. Kaplan Fund: J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative, early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. In 2023, up to ten Prizes will be awarded, each including unrestricted funding of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, accessing tools and a community of support to help turn their innovative ideas into life-changing social impacts. The first-round application deadline is April 28, 2023. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.

Think Intergenerational - Great Resources

Journal of Intergenerational Relationships Call for Papers for Memorial Issue Honoring Founding Editor Dr. Sally Newman’s Contributions to the Intergenerational Field: Dr. Sally Newman was a guiding force for founding the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships in 2003, serving as its first editor until June 2014. Despite her death in 2022, Dr. Newman’s legacy lives on. In honor of Dr. Newman’s leadership in intergenerational program research, the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships invites scholarly contributions for a special issue focused on contemporary intergenerational research that builds on her foundational work, which can be seen today in different programmatic settings and countries. This special memorial issue will be published in 2024. Submissions must be received by May 31, 2023. Read the full special issue announcement here. Contact Shannon Jarrott with questions.

"Intergenerational Community Planning" Report: Generations United Senior Fellow Irv Katz and Generations United friend and Penn State professor Matt Kaplan, PhD, collaborated on a "guide" to intergenerational community planning published by the American Planning Association (APA). The intergenerational planning guide follows related APA reports on multigenerational planning and planning for all ages. The document suggests that the well-being of children, youth, and older adults--and how they relate with one another--should be integrated into regular city planning processes, such as the comprehensive planning that most cities and towns undertake. "Intergenerational Community Planning" is available for free to members of the American Planning Association and $25 for non-members.

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 grandfamilies.

Grandfamily Caregiver Tip Sheets on Self-Care and Youth Mental Health are now available in Spanish. These tip sheets were developed with support from our partner, Humana. Learn more.

Updated Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit, which was created in 2019 by Dr. Shannon Jarrott with support from The Eisner Foundation, includes over 20 reliable and valid outcome measures that have been used in the evaluation of intergenerational programs. 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.

Racial Equity Tipsheets Now Available. With support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Generations United is pleased to share a new series of tip sheets to accompany our racial equity toolkits. These tools are designed to help professionals serving grandfamilies to provide culturally appropriate services. 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.

"I have one life and one chance to make it count for something. I’m free to choose that something. My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I can, whenever I can, for as long as I can."

Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States.

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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