Volume 18 | Issue 2 | January 11, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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Global Conference Updates

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!

Submit your proposals for conference educational sessions. 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

New Racial Equity Tip Sheets 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. 

The three photos from the covers of the three racial equity tip sheets appear, showing an American Indian/Alaska Native baby and grandmother; a Latino grandmother, grandfather, granddaughter, and grandson; and an African American grandmother and granddaughter

New and Renewing 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. 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 here.

The AARP Purpose Prize Award Is Accepting Applications through February 28

The AARP Purpose Prize award honors extraordinary individuals who use their lived experiences to make a better future for all. Don’t miss a chance to earn $50,000 for your organization and a year of support to help broaden the scope of your work. Up to 10 fellows will each receive $10,000 for their organization and a year of technical support. See official rules and apply at www.aarp.org/apply.

An older Black woman smiles as she stands in front of a brightly painted school bus. Below, is says, "The AARP Purpose Prize Award - Apply Today!"
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Older Americans Month 2023 Theme Announced

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2023 theme is Aging Unbound, which offers an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences and discuss how communities can combat stereotypes. We're going to join ACL in promoting flexible thinking about aging – and how we all benefit when older adults remain engaged, independent, and included.

Join Us TODAY for Our Webinar with USAging!

Please register for 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 today, 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.

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!"

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.
An older adult and teen sit together, in masks, at a Legacy Letters event

Photo credit: Legacy Letters

Cool Idea: Legacy Letters

Legacy Letters, a Generations United Program of Merit, seeks to combat loneliness and social isolation among older adults and young people through intergenerational workshops that include both group and one-on-one activities. Following the sessions, participants craft legacy letters, and they can share their compositions with the group during the final session. Legacy Letters is a program of The AgePRIDE-Healthy Generations Center at the University of Washington's Goldsen Institute. Learn more.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideasYou 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.

Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

This week, we gratefully acknowledge the membership renewal of the County of San Diego and donations from Board members Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Joe Cuticelli, and Sheri Brady. We are also thankful for donations from Donna Butts, in honor of Team GU; Mary Ann Casey; Eric Kingson; Samantha Zirkle, in honor of Noni and Papou; Rebecca Rapoport, in honor of Susan and Jim Rapoport; Judy Kilpatrick; and Karen Crow, in honor of Alice and Abe Fishkin.

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

Eisner Foundation New York City Grants are now open. Nonprofit organizations with intergenerational efforts operating in one or more of New York's five boroughs are encouraged to apply no later than January 15, 2023. Review the criteria and guidelines, and begin your application here.

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants of $250 or $500 will support youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action for Global Youth Service Day 2023 and make an impact towards ending childhood hunger in America. Learn more about this program. Applications are due by January 16, 2023.

New York Life Foundation: Aim High grant program, administered by the Afterschool Alliance, provides support nationwide for out-of-school time programs serving middle school youth. The aim is to bolster the ability of after-school and summer learning programs to prepare middle school students for success in high school, college, and life. For this year's cycle, 20 one-year grants of $15,000 each will be awarded: ten for programs' efforts around racial equity and social justice and ten for programs' efforts around youth well-being. Twenty two-year grants of either $50,000 per year or $25,000 per year will focus on supporting programs in enhancing direct service activities, technical assistance, capacity building, and their efforts in continuing to serve youth while facing the challenges of the pandemic and beyond. Applications are due February 1, 2023. Learn more.

AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development Senior Demonstration Program grants will fund projects focused on supporting older adults as they seek to secure employment in professional, skilled labor, or para-professional careers. In addition, AmeriCorps Seniors is partnering with Public Health AmeriCorps, which seeks to support projects that address the public health needs of local communities, advance health equity, and create pathways to public health careers for older adults. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Learn more.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. The program supports temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations, and strengthen local economies. The application deadline is February 15, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Learn more.

T-Mobile Hometown Grants is a $25 million five-year initiative that began in April 2021, with a goal of supporting the people and organizations that help small towns across America thrive and grow. T-Mobile is putting out the call again for potential new awardees. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basisLearn more.

The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns across the United States to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or partner organization. Applying organizations must be from communities with populations of 2,500 to 30,000. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all grants have been awarded. 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.

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.

"We’ve been trying to step up and help these families, a lot of whom do not qualify for food stamps or food assistance, but they’re still suffering, and their families are doing without, so we find that if we meet them where they are and help them it’s made a huge, huge impact on these families.”

- Kathy Coleman, Grandfamily Caregiver and Director, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resource Center of Louisiana

Read more in our 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies

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