Volume 17 | Issue 52 | December 21, 2022

Generations This Week

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

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Happy Holidays from Generations United!

2022 has been an exciting and productive year for Generations United! Thanks in large part to our community of supporters around the world, we’ve worked to improve the lives of people of all ages by addressing the negative impacts of social isolation, which were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to adapt and pivot to the changing needs of the intergenerational field. Some of our highlights from the past year include:

  • Strengthening our Diverse Intergenerational Programs Initiative by revising our Programs of Distinction Certification with an eye towards diversity, equity and inclusion, and hosting a webinar on Cultural Responsiveness and Intergenerational Programs that had close to 400 registrants

  • Supporting the development and release of a national caregiver strategy created as a result of the work of the Federal Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, co-chaired by Jaia Lent, and the RAISE Family Caregiving Council

  • Elevating the importance of different intergenerational housing models by co-hosting a successful webinar with Nesterly and the Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard University, with 340 registrants. We also convened the first learning network on the topic, with over 130 people expressing interest

  • Testifying before the Senate Committee on Aging as an invited bipartisan consensus witness speaking about the impact of COVID-19 on grandfamilies

Thank you for supporting us and our mission all year long. We can't wait to see what we'll accomplish in 2023! From the entire Generations United team, we wish you and those you love a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.

Registration is now open for the 22nd Global Conference!

Registration for Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference, to be held July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, D.C., is now open! Special savings are available to the first 25 registrants. Learn more & register today.

The Conference Planning Committee seeks proposals for educational sessions that will enhance our field’s capacity for developing practices, programs, and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, support kinship and grandfamilies, and build more cohesive and caring communities around the world. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2023. Download the Word Doc version of the session guidelines and instructions for more information. All submissions must be completed online

Recognizing Intergenerational Programs of Distinction and Programs of Merit

Generations United is thrilled to recognize 20 exemplary intergenerational programs from across the country with the prestigious Intergenerational Program Certification (IPC). These new recipients join 23 renewing programs. All of the programs are creatively and effectively engaging younger and older people in activities that strengthen relationships between the generations. Congratulations to all recipients and renewals! Learn more about the programs and the IPC process here.

A circle/oval theme graphic in which an icon of a webinar on a laptop appears along with the word "WEBINAR" at the top. Below, its says, "WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 / 2 p.m. ET" and "Topic / The Important Role of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Programs in Serving Kinship/Grandfamilies / Research, Resources, and Strategies for Success." The final circle/oval contains the words "Hear from national experts and professionals who are directly serving the families!"

Register for Our January Webinar with USAging!

Please register for and help us promote our January webinar, “The Important Role of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Programs in Serving Kinship/Grandfamilies: Research, Resources, and Strategies for Success.” The event will take place on January 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, and it will feature Network leaders and professionals directly serving the families at Area Agencies on Aging.

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.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

This week, we'd like to thank May-May & Carlos Horcasitas, Bill Libro, John Martin & Brent Elrod, Marilyn & John Oyler, Jean & Rich Josephson in honor of Mary Anne Mason, and Marsha Adler for their generous contributions to Generations United.

Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!

"Solidarity between generations is fundamental for achieving a society for all ages."

United Nations Madrid International Plan on Action on Ageing

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