Volume 16 | Issue 34 | August 25, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Grandparents Day is Less Than Three Weeks Away
As our society opens back up during the COVID-19 pandemic, our theme this year is a question: How will you look at connecting generations differently this Grandparents Day? The week leading up to Grandparents Day, Generations United and our national partners will share COVID-19 and race equity resources. Stay tuned! Follow #DoSomethingGrand to stay connected. Learn more.
In the News
The New York Times ran a story on grandfamily housing catering to older adults raising children. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts and Bridge Meadows's Executive Director Dr. Derenda Schubert. The piece also highlights Generations United's 2019 state of grandfamilies report. Read the article.
Tweet of the Week
Help Us Evaluate Our Racial Equity Toolkits' Impact and Efficacy
In 2020, Generations United—with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—released two racial equity toolkits designed to help organizations provide culturally appropriate services to grandfamilies. Later this year, we will release a third resource focused on working with Latinx grandfamilies. We are currently evaluating our existing toolkits’ impact and efficacy. Please read them and complete the following relevant survey. We encourage you to also share them with your networks.






Cool Idea
The WISE Project

Each week, we'll be highlighting a program from our resource, Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Next up is The WISE Project.

The WISE Project in North Carolina was created by Gray Rogers, a student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, to address ageism in the local LGBTQ community by creating more accessible intergenerational spaces and fostering intergenerational relationships. They launched the Friendly LGBTQ Caller program in 2020 and are expanding in 2021. 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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Culture United
Only Murders in the Building

Selena Gomez, 29, Steve Martin and Martin Short (both guys in their 70s) are the central characters of Hulu’s new comedy, Only Murders in the Building. They are neighbors in an expensive Manhattan apartment complex who’ve never had much to say to one another until discovering two things in rapid succession: One, that they are all hooked on the same true-crime podcast (the Serial-esque All Is Not Okay In Oklahoma, whose host is played by Tina Fey); and two, that the death of a fellow neighbor may not be the suicide cops have written it off to be. 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. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
NEW! Quality Improvement Project. Opening Minds through Art (OMA) has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to expand its program in the state. The grant enables Ohio nursing homes to apply for startup funding to adopt the program. Selected nursing homes will receive $1,500 scholarship for two staff members ($750/person) to attend the OMA Facilitator Training program and $2000 for art supplies. Deadline: ongoing. Learn more.

Grants to Address Social and Economic Injustice. The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. The average grant is $8,000 (the maximum grant amount is $20,000) to organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society. Deadline: ongoing. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & Resources
New Intergenerational Resources. This latest set of free resources, developed by Generations United with support from the RRF Foundation for Aging, aims to strengthen and expand intergenerational programs. The new publications—Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs, Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone, and Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic—support the growing field of practice by increasing the knowledge and skills of people working to connect and support older adults, children, and youth. 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. Each section includes effective practices, challenges, tips, examples, and concrete tools gathered from researchers and practitioners from across the field, organized towards the goal of assisting readers in planning and implementing high-quality shared sites. 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 award 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 is important to protect both older adults and children. Check it out.
Upcoming Events
IFFD Interational Advocacy Workshop. Date: Sept. 1-3, 2021. Learn more.

NEW! Dear Black Male. Dates: Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9, and 16, 2021. Learn more.
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”~Mother Teresa
We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports, and webinars. You can share local and state events in 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!

Best,
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