Volume 18 | Issue 8 | February 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

An article written by Jaia Lent, Deputy Executive Director at Generations United, on Supporting the Nutrition, Health and Well-Being of Grandfamilies is featured in GRAND Magazine. The article highlights our 2022 State of Grandfamilies report. Read the article here.

GRAND Voice Norma Hatfield is quoted in an opinion piece in the Lexington Herald Leader. The article is called, "Lawmakers move to help KY grandparents. Why can't they support families more often?" Generations United commends her and other advocates in Kentucky for this success! Read the full story here.

Global Conference Updates - Accepting Nominations for 2023 Generations United Awards

Know a person, program, or organization doing innovative and outstanding work in the intergenerational and grandfamily fields? Nominate them for a Generations United Award, to be presented during the 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference in Washington D.C.! Interested individuals are encouraged to self-nominate. The deadline for nominations is March 6. Learn more.

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!

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

Standing with Ukraine

This Friday, February 24th, will mark the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. We stand in awe of the resilience of the Ukrainian people and join other civil society organizations calling for a diplomatic resolution to this unjust, devastating war. As we have watched this disaster unfold and seen the social compact ripped apart, we are reminded of the very heart of intergenerational efforts–connection. Read our full Statement Against the War in Ukraine here.

Generations United sponsored a UN Symposium this month, titled Social Security Systems are Remarkably Resilient Even in Times of Extreme Social Trauma: Lessons from the Ukraine, with Executive Director Donna Butts moderating the discussion. Watch a recorded version of the symposium here.

Congratulations to JCA Heyman Interages Founder, Austin Heyman, for Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award

Wayne Berman with the Montgomery County, MD Commission on Aging shared why Heyman received the Commission's 2022 Community for a Lifetime Award:

"The award is in recognition of the vast amount of work that you have done, and leadership that you have provided, to help develop and support programs and services to older adults in Montgomery County. The [Commission on Aging] seeks to enable older adults in Montgomery County to live quality lives, regardless of their abilities, income levels, and backgrounds. You are being recognized with this Community for a Lifetime Award because your efforts and leadership help to achieve this vision. We believe that you have been a vital partner, leader, and innovator in enabling programs and services for older adults in the County."

Readers' Choice Awards

Affordable Housing Finance magazine is seeking nominations for affordable housing developments that were completed in 2022 or will be completed in 2023 for its Readers' Choice Awards. Multiple categories are offered. Intergenerational and multigenerational are not specified but could fall under "Family," "Senior," and other categories. Check out this opportunity to help get intergenerational housing on the radar screen! The deadline to enter a project is 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Learn more.

Livestream: Family First Five Year Celebration

Join the Administration for Children and Families virtually via livestream to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Enacted in 2018 to turn the focus of the child welfare system toward keeping children safely with their families, Family First provides federal funding to jurisdictions to provide families with greater access to mental health services, substance use treatment and improved parenting skills. The livestream link will be emailed to those who have registered. Register here.

Meet Generations United's Board Members

The Generations United Board of Directors recently elected new officers and three new board members. We are grateful for their service and look forward to introducing you to them over the next few weeks. Up next are…

Danny Melgoza

Chief Strategy Officer


Mark Meridy

Executive Director


Learn more about our Board Officers and Board Members here.

We're Hiring

Generations United is hiring for two positions - Grants & Contracts Specialist and Technical Assistance Specialist with the Grandfamiles & Kinship Support Network. Learn more about the positions and apply today!

Program Spotlight - A Little Help

A Little Help (ALH) mobilizes community volunteers of all ages to develop relationships and provide non-clinical services to older adults in the Denver metro area. A Generations United Program of Distinction, A Little Help connects and engages individuals across the generations through acts of service, events, programs, and community partnerships. As the largest model to grow out of the National Village Movement, a grassroots effort that began to support older adults in safely aging in place, ALH equips volunteers with the tools needed to fill service gaps and help older adults remain independent in their homes and connected to the community. Volunteers can assist older adults by providing home maintenance, technology help, transportation, running errands, snow removal, friendly visting, and expressly intergenerational activies such as picnics and mixers. Annually, ALH serves over 1,600 older adults and engages more than 4,000 local volunteers. Learn more 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.

Check Out Our Newest Resources!

Our partners at USAging conducted a topical poll of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Programs, and we worked together to produce a fact sheet that provides an overview of the results and a report that thoroughly shares the details. The fact sheet includes information on services provided to kinship/grandfamilies, referral partners, and challenges. The report covers additional topics and includes profiles of existing programs. Both resources are available in English and Spanish.

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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Oak Foundation's Learning Differences Programme (LDP) partners with nonprofit organizations that improve education for students with learning differences. Through the Advancing Educational Equity through Student Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Request for Proposals (RFP), the LDP seeks proposals from U.S.-based nonprofits that aim to develop research, training, or student supports that improve mental health and well-being for students with learning differences. The goal of this RFP is to identify organizations working with students in K-12 education systems in the United States whose work centers on social-emotional learning or mental health and includes a focus on students with learning differences who are furthest from opportunity due to racism and poverty. Grants will range from $250,000 to $750,000 over two to three years. Deadline for application: February 27, 2023. Learn more.

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. The call for applications is open through February 28, 2023. Learn more.

Youth Service America (YSA) is searching for Heartwarming Young Heroes with creative ideas to foster meaningful connections, promote inclusion, and teach empathy. With support from Hershey's Heartwarming Project, YSA will award up to $50,000 in grants for youth-led service projects and community-building activities during Global Youth Service Day (April 28-30). All youth ages 5-25 in the United States (including U.S. territories and military bases & DoD schools) and Canada are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Sunday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m. your local time. Learn more.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking grant proposals for projects to support the development and/or enhancement of strategic multi-system and multi-level collaboration between child welfare, early care and education systems, and other relevant partners to effectively prevent child abuse and neglect and provide comprehensive supports to children and families with or at-risk of involvement with the child welfare system, including children of color and their families. Grant funding will support infrastructure and capacity-building through the development of policy, coordination mechanisms and procedures, quality practice, and other cross-system strategies. Applications are due March 13, 2023. Learn more.

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.

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 think it's mutually beneficial. I enjoy it. It's gratifying for me. Even though we are old and grey we have a spark inside. It's nice for me. It allows me to write."

Eric Grow, a former English teacher of 20 years and member of the City of Manhattan Beach's Parks and Recreation Department's Older Adults Poetry Circle program.

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