Volume 16 | Issue 7 | February 17, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
In the News
  • West Virginia Public Broadcasting produces the Us & Them podcast. In this episode, host Trey Kay speaks with West Virginian grandparents about the challenges of raising grandchildren during COVID-19. He also interviewed Ana Beltran, co-director of Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies. Listen to this episode.
Generations United Virtual Conference—Registration Open
The special we had for the first 25 registrants is closed. Don't miss our early bird deal that goes until March 15. To help with planning, check out our registration fees and policies.
Cool Idea

Located in Los Angeles, Addressing Loneliness with Movement and Art (ALMA) transforms lives by creating intergenerational relationships with volunteers and underserved older adults. They create connection, empowerment, and a better quality of life, through direct creative arts programming, education, advocacy, and research. 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.
Culture United
"Marjorie" by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift dropped a lyric video for "Marjorie,' from her second album of 2020, Evermore. The video includes vintage photos of her grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, and shows her boarding a plane in a Sixties-style dress "à la Jackie O, walking along ancient ruins, and playing piano with Swift as a toddler." (RollingStone). Read the full article and watch the video.
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. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
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Tweet of the Week
Bringing All Voices to the Table
Join the National Academy of Social Insurance and Generations United, March 2 - 4, 2021, for a three-day conference on Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table. The conference is designed to meet this unique moment where the income and health disparities that COVID-19 has exacerbated and that stem from systemic racism have never been more urgent. Convening a broad, diverse range of experts—grassroots organizers, policymakers, advocates, journalists, and philanthropists—will enable partners to help build the coalitions across communities and policy areas to advance meaningful, comprehensive policy change. Learn more.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
NEW! Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services for National Recognition. The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center are accepting applications from programs that may have creatively redefined their respite services to meet family caregivers' current and evolving needs for support and social connections, or modified their respite services, eligibility, or location to enhance respite service flexibility and access in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Application deadline: March 1, 2021. Learn more.

RRF Foundation for Aging—which has awarded over 5,000 grants of more than $255 million—is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle in their priority areas: caregiving, economic security in later life, housing, social and intergenerational connectedness. The Foundation will also remain open to considering compelling applications on other topics. Deadline: May 1, 2021. Learn more.

NEA Research Labs funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Matching/cost share cooperative agreements of up to $150,000 will be awarded. Deadline: March 8, 2021. Learn more.

The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is a collaborative fund focusing on the mental health and well-being of adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on young people across the United States, The Upswing Fund will provide critical resources to front-line organizations that provide the services that young people rely on. Learn more about their fall grant opportunity which opened October 20th.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & Resources
Fact sheet: Intergenerational Shared Sites includes updated information about these important program models and what we know about their impact. Learn more.

Federal Funding Opportunities for Intergenerational Shared Sites Chart is designed to share some federal funding sources that include—or could include—support for intergenerational shared sites. Learn more.

Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report—Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving BeyondGrandfamily caregivers are the first line of defense for children during the pandemic, having stepped in when parents cannot raise them for many reasons, including cases where children's parents have died from the COVID-19 virus. Download the full report, watch Senator Sherrod Brown's acceptance speech, and listen to stories of grandfamilies impacted by COVID-19. 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 are important to protect both older adults and children. Check it out.

Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing. This guide by Generations United includes ideas and solutions on how intergenerational professionals can adapt programs and activities and create new intergenerational connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

Grandfamilies COVID-19 Fact Sheets in English and Spanish. These fact sheets from Generations United provide information for grandfamilies to stay healthy, informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

Interactive Toolkit: Connecting Generations in Senior Housing. This toolkit, developed by Generations United and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston with funding from RRF Foundation for Aging, is now a website with downloadable resources. It was designed specifically to help senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities. Visit the site
Upcoming Events
Stronger Together: The Benefits of Intergenerational Programs for Everyone. In this webinar,  hosted by the American Society on Aging and Generations United, Generations United and colleagues from NYU Silver School of Social Work will share the latest research and resources from the field, innovative models and practical tips for creating or expanding high-quality intergenerational programs. This webinar is made possible with support from the RRF Foundation for Aging. Complimentary CEUs are available for attendees. Register here.
The Virtual Facilitation Learning Lab. Dr. Corita Brown and former Encore colleague Karimah Nonyameko are offering a learning lab where facilitators can share best practices, experiments, and challenges in designing and facilitating meaningful, connective, participatory, and inclusive online spaces. Dates: March 9th, 16th, and 23rd | 12 pm - 1:30 pm ET. Learn more.
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“The future of today’s young is the last report card for today’s old. Our fates are shared, even if we don’t look alike. That’s not just my opinion. In this great, big, mixed-up country of ours, it’s what most Americans think.”~Paul Taylor, author of “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown.”
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