Volume 18 | Issue 19 | May 10, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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Intergenerational News

Check out Generations United's latest blog post, written by Executive Director Donna Butts, which is titled "Planning for an Intergenerational Future: a New Community Guide." It discusses intergenerational planning and the American Planning Association's Intergenerational Community Planning report. Read the blog post here.

Global Conference Updates - Nominations for the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research due May 12

Generations United is accepting nominations for the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research, which honors a researcher or team of researchers whose outstanding work has advanced the understanding of intergenerational programming. The award will be presented during the 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference in Washington, DC! Submit your nomination by May 12, 2023. Learn more.

Want to put your organization on the map at Generations United's 2023 Global Intergenerational Conference? Snag a spot in our conference program book! Submit your ad by June 1, 2023. Learn more.

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

Check out the snapshot of our conference here.

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

The Eisner Foundation Announces The Eisner Prize Fellowship

The Eisner Prize Fellowship is a new program designed to support leaders pioneering innovations in intergenerational connection.

The Eisner Prize Fellows application is open to anyone working to innovate in the area of intergenerational connection – whether that be through research, programs, technology, or other efforts advancing the field. Young people, people of color, and those working with historically marginalized communities are particularly encouraged to apply. The application closes on May 31, 2023, and Fellows will be announced in June.

Learn more

Program Spotlight - Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly's Intergenerational Housing Program

Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) in Chicago meets the social and housing needs of low-income older people in a model of intergenerational shared living. H.O.M.E.’s Intergenerational Housing program, a Generations United Program of Distinction, has 40 years of experience in providing its signature, affordable intergenerational shared housing in Chicago. H.O.M.E.’s underlying philosophy is that older adults flourish when they are treated with great respect. Committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income seniors, H.O.M.E. helps seniors remain independent and part of their community by offering opportunities for intergenerational living and by providing a variety of citywide support services. A dozen low-income seniors build a chosen family around one another with a handful of younger adults (Resident Assistants) and families with children. Seniors and RAs are provided meals, utilities, and household items. RAs assist seniors with light housekeeping, laundry, and cooking on weekends, as do health care students. H.O.M.E.’s staff also helps residents organize events and outings. Learn more.

Photo courtesy of Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly

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: Becoming a Grandfamily: First Steps Tip Sheet

Our latest two-pager provides information for kin/grandfamily caregivers who are not involved with the child welfare system, covering initial steps to take when children come into their care. It is full of vetted links to information, all conveniently collected in one short resource. We are grateful to our partners at ZERO TO THREE for their leadership in producing these monthly resources and to Network Subject Matter Expert and Management Committee Member Gail Engel, a Generations United GRAND Voice, for her invaluable review and feedback. Access 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 Idea: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Enhanced Campus Collaboration

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Florida (UNF) has always promoted intergenerational exchanges and mentoring. During "Career Connections" events, one or two OLLI members discussed their professional lives with UNF Honors students. "Career Connections" later expanded beyond the Honors program, turning into a seminar to show all first-year students that a professional life may take many twists and turns. The July 2022 issue of the Osher Network Newsletter brought exciting new inspiration for OLLI at UNF’s enhanced service to traditional students. A new collaboration was created with the help of OLLI leader Dr. Rita Brodnax, an expert in the application of brain research to teaching, learning, and communication. In Spring 2023, 14 Honors students completed an eight-session seminar, “The Surprising New Brain Research on Happiness, Success and Resiliency.” The highly interactive class addressed tools and strategies for achieving mental and emotional equilibrium in changing times, using bewilderment as an opportunity for growth and navigating turbulent times. Goals included student development of vision and growth life models versus one of deficiency, harnessing the power of “YET” and embracing a growth versus fixed mindset. The class was an overwhelming success by all reports. OLLI presented each student with a certificate, a symbolic token (compass on a carabiner to hold the keys to different aspects of their future lives), and a digital badge. Rita anticipates repeating the Honors seminar and has offered to deliver a resiliency program to all interested UNF students. 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!

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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

The Allstate Foundation: Racial Equity Grantmaking program provides support to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. The current request for proposals addresses inclusive economic opportunity, with a focus on the following areas: 1) racial equity and inclusivity in the green economy, including career pathways and pipelines; 2) racial equity and inclusivity in implementation of projects and programs related to the American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan; and 3) worker-centric policies and opportunities for frontline and essential workers with a racial equity and inclusivity lens. The Foundation expects to award a total of ten grants of $100,000 each. Phase 1 pre-applications are due May 12, 2023. Visit the request for proposal website to take the eligibility quiz and submit a pre-application. Learn more.

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: May 15, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. Learn more.

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: May 15, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. Learn more.

The MIT AgeLab’s Opportunities for Multigenerational Exchange, Growth and Action (OMEGA) initiative is proud to offer five scholarships to recognize the efforts that teens are making to create multigenerational connections. Each award will include a $5,000 college scholarship to the winning student and $1,000 to the winning student’s intergenerational initiative to support its activities. High school juniors and seniors in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 31, 2023. Learn more.

The Herb Block Foundation: Encouraging Citizen Involvement. The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged in the United States. The Foundation’s Encouraging Citizen Involvement grant program provides support to nonprofit organizations nationally with the aim of helping to ensure a responsible, responsive democratic government through citizen involvement. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 support projects focused on citizen education and greater voter participation in the electoral process. All projects must be nonpartisan and may not involve lobbying for specific legislation or candidates. Letters of inquiry are due June 1, 2023. 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 June 22, 2023. Learn more.

Administration for Community Living: Advancing Aging Network Capacity to Recognize and Support Family, Kinship and Tribal Caregivers. Using the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers (the Strategy) as a road map, ACL will fund up to five (5) new cooperative agreements to eligible entities to work on a national level to further advance the development of state, community and tribal family caregiver support programs funded under the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), Title III-E and VI-C of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended. This new initiative is intended to advance NFCSP/NACSP development to more closely align it with the principles and concepts contained in the Strategy, thus better positioning the program to more effectively recognize, assist, include, support, and engage family caregivers and better meet the challenges and opportunities associated with supporting them. Five (5), four-year cooperative agreements to eligible entities and their partners to develop, test, and disseminate new approaches for technical assistance, capacity building, and other best practices in family caregiver support will be awarded. One (1) grant will be awarded in each of the five Priority/Goals in the Strategy: (1) increasing awareness and outreach; (2) advancing partnerships and engagement with care teams; (3) advancing services and supports; (4) strengthening financial and workplace security; and (5) solidifying a family caregiver national research and data collection agenda. No entity will receive more than one grant under this new initiative. Applicants to each priority area should be those well-positioned and with the requisite experience and capacity to address the respective issues and foster national advancements in those areas. Closing date for applications is June 25, 2023. Learn more.

NEW: ECMC Foundation's mission is to improve higher education for career success among underserved populations in the United States through evidence-based innovation. Support is provided for efforts that fit within the Foundation’s strategic priorities: 1) removing barriers to post-secondary completion, including programs that directly support learner success; 2) building the capacity of higher education organizations, institutions, and systems to improve outcomes for learners and evolve to meet changing needs; and 3) transforming the post-secondary ecosystem, including large-scale, cross-sector collaborations in service of more equitable outcomes. A substantial portion of grantmaking targets the Foundation’s initiatives, which currently include a focus on basic needs, men of color, single mother student success, transfer and credit mobility, and career and technical education leadership. In addition, the Foundation makes grants and investments through an open letter of inquiry process for projects connected to one or more of the strategic priorities. Nonprofit organizations, government entities, and post-secondary institutions and systems are eligible to apply. Application deadline: None for letters of inquiry. 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.

17 New State-Specific Adoption & Guardianship Comparison Charts Are Now Available! These comparison charts help grandfamilies understand the difference between adoption and guardianship for children leaving foster care to permanency with relatives, made possible with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Learn more.

Grand Resource: Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use Part 2 includes 5 new resources designed to provide tips, useful information, and a list of additional resources to help grandfamilies both inside and outside the foster care system impacted by opioids or other substance use. 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 Tip Sheets 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.

"The idea here is to create an experience for both communities around a learning commons in which there is really intentional programming and learning and exchange. Intergenerational learning is life-long learning."

Milagros Peña, President of Purchase College.

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