Volume 18 | Issue 12 | March 22, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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Generations United in the News

Last week we shared our summary of the intergenerational provisions in President Biden's budget. The budget includes funding for many important programs and shows the administration’s commitment to working on issues that impact all generations. Read our summary here.

Global Conference Updates - Register Today!

Register for Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference, taking place July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, DC! Register today!

A limited number of discounted rooms remain at the conference hotel, the Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf (480 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20024, USA). The rate for conference attendees is $246 per night (plus applicable taxes). Please book your hotel room early using this booking link or call the hotel at

+1 202-484-1000.

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

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American Society on Aging Conference

The 2023 On Aging Conference of the American Society on Aging, “Advancing Health and Well-Being,” will take place in Atlanta, GA from March 27-30, 2023. Here are two sessions Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts will be participating in, along with Board Member Mark Meridy, who is also the Executive Director of Generations United partner DOROT.

The first session is “Bringing People Together Builds Life Sustaining Connections and Better Community” on Monday, March 27th, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., with speakers Donna Butts, Mark Meridy, Judith Turner, and Ali Hodin Baier.

The second session is the intergenerational program meet up discussion on Tuesday, March 28th, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Donna is leading this session to connect with ASA members working to develop intergenerational programming. 

Learn more about the conference.

Webinar: Intersection of Kinship Care and Culture: African & Caribbean Communities in America

Our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webinar with Dr. Hadih Deedat, Dr. Eric Edi, and Dr. Anita Rogers. In this webinar, our panel will highlight strengths, support needs, and service models for working with kinship families in African and Caribbean communities.

Join us Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 2 p.m. ET. Register now.

We're Hiring

Generations United is hiring a Project Assistant. If you're looking to join a supportive and inclusive work environment doing important intergenerational work, apply today!

Learn more and apply.

Next Shared Site Learning Network Meeting - Expanding Our Vision: New Shared Site Models

Join us for the next Shared Site Learning Network Meeting on Tuesday, April 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET, to learn about two exciting models that intentionally bring young people and older adults together in shared spaces. Presenters from Sunnyside Community Services, a community center in Queens, NY, and Vincentian Collaborative System, a multi-generational living community in Pittsburgh, PA, will share their visions, successes, challenges, and lessons learned as they continue to develop their shared sites. Register today. 

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

Meet Generations United's Board Members

We continue to introduce you to the phenomenal members of our Board. We are grateful for their commitment and service. Up next are…

Gerri Mason Hall

Barb Quaintance

Senior Vice President, Office of Volunteer and Civic Engagement


Learn more about our Board Officers and Board Members here.

Program Spotlight - TIHS Class of 1974 ReadtoME Program

The Tuskegee Youth Readers TIHS Class of 1974 ReadtoME Program advocates for the entire community of Macon County to ensure that kids between 3 and 5 are read to for 15 minutes a day, with a goal of inspiring a lifelong love for and understanding of the importance of reading. The goal of ReadtoME, a Generations United Program of Merit, is to have every 3- to 5- year-old registered with ReadtoME by multiple citizens, ensuring there is a pool of people involved in their development. The program pursues every 3- to 5-year-old by involving the Macon County Head Start programs, Macon County Pre-K classes, and Day Care Centers. Video reading sessions are scheduled weekly with volunteers from various backgrounds and from around the country. The program also engages Tuskegee University faculty, staff, and students to support these efforts. ReadtoME has created a buzz around reading and the concept of reaching young minds to create a better opportunity for success for children. They currently have 50 volunteer sign ups to engage with ReadtoME students. There are currently some 300 students that are engaged in the project through the entities that they serve. Learn more about ReadtoME here.

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.

New Resource: Preparing Kinship/Grandfamilies to Respond to Medicaid and CHIP Changes

All government and nonprofit professionals who interact with kinship/grandfamilies can help spread the word about upcoming eligibility reviews for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. This resource aims to provide information to professionals so that they can better support the families and help them maintain their health insurance coverage. Read/download the resource. 

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.

Cool Ideas - GrandPaws Pantry

GrandPaws Pantry is a local nonprofit organization that provides monthly pet supplies to older adults in Phoenix metro care facilities. Sonya Colattur was inspired to found GrandPaws Pantry by her beloved great grandmother, who lived in an assisted living community. Learn more.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas with #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!

Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

Thank you for the contributions from Kevin Brabazon in honor of Essie Davis, a community hero, and Barbara Hanson in honor of Marilyn Hanson and all the socially isolated human beings.

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

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.

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.

NEW: Administration for Community Living Lifespan Respite Care Program: State Program Enhancement Grants. Applicants to this funding opportunity will propose approaches grounded in the principles and actions of the strategy to make advancements in and strengthen their Lifespan Respite Care systems. Grantees will be expected to build on previous efforts to improve equitable access, consistency, quality, and sustainability and reduce duplication in respite service delivery. Additionally, grantees will be expected to provide respite services, continue building collaborations and partnerships across the state, expand options for volunteers, ensure adequate respite provider training is offered, identify gaps in current services and conduct outreach to reduce those gaps, and continue to, or increase, efforts to target underserved populations across the lifespan. Due date for applications: Monday, May 15, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. Learn more.

NEW: Administration for Community Living Lifespan Respite Care Program: Grants to New States and States Re-Establishing Their Core Respite Infrastructures. Applicants to this funding opportunity will propose approaches to, at a minimum, establish or re-establish state and local coordinated Lifespan Respite Care systems to serve family caregivers regardless of the age, disability, or chronic condition of the care recipient. Applicants will also be expected to propose how they will develop or expand new and emergency respite services and provide such services; train and recruit respite workers, including volunteers; and assist caregivers in gaining access to respite care services that meet the needs of both the caregiver and care recipient. Due date for applications: Monday, May 15, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. Learn more.

The Brookdale Foundation Group Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. A seed grant of $30,000 ($20,000 in year one and $10,000 tier two, contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future) is available to non-profit organizations across the United States. On-going technical assistance will be provided. Proposals are due on Thursday, June 22, 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 love life so much and enjoy being with young people. They're the ones who keep me going because they bring such joy into my life -- and they keep you updated on what's happening in their world."

Sister Jean

A 103-year-old who serves as the chaplain for the Loyola University men’s basketball team

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