Volume 17 | Issue 10 | March 9, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United in the Media
Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts' op-ed published in The Hill on why, in the interests of vulnerable native children in foster care, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) must be protected and strengthened.

She is also featured on the Your Valuable Home podcast in the episode, "Grandparents as First Responders." She discusses how the intergenerational shared site model has been elevated since the pandemic due to the lack of child and adult care. Learn more.
Generations United Issues Statement Against Ukraine War
As a consultative NGO with the United Nations, Generations United has joined with other civil society organizations in calling for an immediate halt to hostilities and a peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the war against Ukraine.

Generations United said in a statement, "We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine whose children, youth, older adults, and families have found themselves victims of an unwanted and inhumane conflict."

Generations United statement CoNGO statement (Photo credit: Markus Schreiber, AP)
Job Opportunities! - Communications Specialist and Interns
Generations United is seeking a Communications Specialist to join our results-oriented team! The Communications Specialist is responsible for managing and carrying out Generations United’s communications efforts including online and traditional media; social media; project-based media campaigns; writing and gathering stories of intergenerational impact; building working relationships with the media; and positioning Generations United and intergenerational issues positively in the media. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to gu@gu.org by Tuesday,
March 15, 2022.
Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for internships. Generations United internships provide opportunities to enrich your understanding of intergenerational issues while building research skills, learning about advocacy, and engaging with an active intergenerational network. We offer rolling applications for opportunities throughout the year. Stipends are available. Nontraditional students are welcome. If you are passionate about building a better world for people of all ages, please send a resume and cover letter to gu@gu.org.
Diverse Intergenerational Programs Survey
As part of Generations United’s Diverse Intergenerational Programs Initiative, we are conducting a survey to identify and learn more about programs and activities that connect younger and older people. We are especially interested in programs that engage or seek to engage participants from diverse communities. Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. Learn more and take the survey.
Culture United - "Holding On"
Holding On, a story by author Sophia N. Lee with illustrations by Isabel Roxas, is about a young girl in the Philippines who uses music to connect with her grandmother — her Lola — as her memory fades.

The book was inspired by summers Lee spent with her grandparents, and by the time she spent with her grandmother in New York after she migrated to the U.S. and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

In a recent interview with John Schu on his Mr.Schu Reads blog, Lee saId, "My Lolo died after I turned five, but the magic of those summers continued with each year I returned. It was what I held on to when my grandmother found it hard to remember. I wrote the book so that I wouldn’t forget." 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. See disclaimer.
HFC Humans of Dementia Contest
HFC's annual storytelling and photography contest, Humans of Dementia, invites young people to share their personal stories of loss, fear, resilience, and hope in the face of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Contest winners receive cash prizes for first place ($2,500), second place ($1,500), and third place ($1,000); a virtual winners' celebration with HFC co-founders Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller; and a feature on HFC's website and social media channels. Learn more.
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Cool Ideas - New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra
The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) was created in 1994 from string teacher Lorraine Marks' idea that musicians in different age groups could benefit from playing together. NJIO has three orchestras with over 100 volunteer musicians from New Jersey communities, with members ranging in age from 5 to 93-years-old.

In 1994, Marks was coping with the death of her mother and discovered that cello lessons helped her father deal with his grief. She placed advertisements in several New Jersey community newspapers announcing an opportunity for musicians of all ages to come and play together. The response was tremendous, with over 60 people showing up for the first rehearsal.

In 2013, NJIO was named as one of five nationwide finalists for the Eisner Prize in Intergenerational Excellence. They have performed at several prestigious venues including the United Nations, the U.S. Capitol, The Kennedy Center, and in the Plaza Fountain Concert Series at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The Cornell Douglas Foundation is dedicated to advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. The average grant size is $15,000 to $50,000. Requests are reviewed throughout the year. Learn more.

NEW: Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program. The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children's nutrition and wellness. The Foundation's Garden Grant Program provides funds for eligible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Grants of $3000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations that serve children in the K-12 age range. Consideration is given to new and or existing garden projects that help at least ten children engage with fresh fruit and vegetables. Applications will be accepted from Feb. 14 through March 11, 2022, for both U.S. and Canadian projects. Learn more.

Project Innovation is a competitive grant challenge that will award nearly $3.5 million to non-profits in 11 NBC and Telemundo markets that are tackling everyday problems through innovative solutions in one of the following categories:
  • Culture of Inclusion - Programs that encourage equitable access, opportunities, and resources for traditionally underrepresented communities.
  • Youth Education and Empowerment - In-school and out-of-school programs that equip youth with the tools they need to succeed, including STEM/ STEAM education and youth entrepreneurship.
  • Next Generation Storytellers - Programs that promote access and develop pathways for emerging talent, diverse voices, and underrepresented youth to explore careers in arts, news, sports, and entertainment.
  • Community Engagement - Programs that enable individuals to engage and volunteer in their communities.
Applications will be accepted from Feb. 18 - March 25, 2022. Learn more: (English) (Spanish).

Goldman Sachs Group has announced the Black Women Impact Grants program as part of its One Million Black Women initiative to fund an open-access grants program for Black women-led and Black women-serving nonprofits. The program, funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, will select fifty Black women-led nonprofits to receive general operating funding ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 over two years. Organizations must align with at least one of the seven impact areas of One Million Black Women: healthcare, education, housing, digital connectivity, financial health, access to capital, and job creation and workforce advancement. Organizations must be a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization with a focus on serving Black women and girls. Qualifying organizations must also have Black women in organizational and/or programmatic leadership and have annual operating budgets of between $250,000 and $1 million.
Initial applications are due March 11, 2022, and selected eligible applicants will be invited to submit additional information in a call-back stage. Award decisions will be made in June 2022. Learn more.

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces; housing; transportation; civic engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; support efforts to build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and other innovative ideas that support people age 50 or older. Applications due March 22, 2022.

The Aawok Georgiana Trull Memorial Scholarship, an opportunity open to California Native people active in Indigenous Language Revitalization, was created to honor Aawok Georgiana. She was an elder from the Yurok Tribe who spent more than 40 years of her life dedicated to revitalizing the Yurok language. She had many accomplishments, including her contribution to a Yurok alphabet and a published conversation dictionary. Application deadline is March 31, 2022. Learn more.

Partners for Places, an initiative of The Funders Network, is a matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government leaders, community-led groups, and place-based local or regional funders. Through the program, national funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of all residents. The current focus is on equitable climate and green stormwater action in communities through collaborative partnerships. For Round 19, grants will range between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or $75,000 and $150,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more place-based foundations. Application deadline is April 13, 2022. The new deadline for Mini Grant applications is March 31, 2022. Learn more.

The Alaska Community Foundation works to connect people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska's communities. The Foundation's Social Justice Fund is designed to facilitate strategic collaborations that promote strong civic engagement, access to quality healthcare and education, community leadership, and equal rights. The goal of the Fund is to support Alaskans in their efforts to address the root causes of social justice issues within their communities and across the state. Nonprofit organizations, tribes, schools, faith-based organizations, local government agencies, and grassroots organizations may apply for programmatic and general operating support. Grants will range up to $25,000. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Foundation staff prior to submitting an online application. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2022. Learn more.

The Riley's Way Foundation's Call for Kindness program empowers young leaders throughout the country to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and positive change. The program will provide grants of up to $3,000 to up to 35 youth-led projects in 2022. Funded projects may tackle anything from pressing equity and social justice issues to building meaningful connections in schools or communities. The 2022 special topic will support ten projects specifically focused on mental health. Youth living in the United States, ages 13-22, may enter by essay or video describing a new project, or an improvement to an existing project. Each project is required to have both a partner organization and an adult mentor. Winners will also join a cohort of fellows from across the country to participate in a dynamic leadership development experience. Application deadline is April 1, 2022. Learn more.

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program seeks to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent youth substance use. The Program works to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private nonprofit agencies, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth (18 years of age and younger). The Program also works to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. Application deadline is April 11, 2022. Learn more.

NEA Funding Guidelines Posted. Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) and Challenge America funding are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Through their programs, they encourage activities that rebuild the creative economy and educate the next generation, unite and heal the nation through the arts, and serve the nation’s arts field.

  • Challenge America applications are due April 21, 2022.
  • GAP applications are due July 7, 2022.

The Medica Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Medica, a Minnesota-based health plan, provides funding to nonprofit organizations and government agencies within the company's service area in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin. The Early Childhood Health category provides grants ranging up to $25,000 for programs that focus on developing healthy families to foster optimal growth and development of young children, birth through age 12. Application deadline is April 29, 2022. Learn more. Note: The Foundation is expanding its philanthropic reach to include funding in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa, and is currently developing relationships and learning about health concerns in these states. The funding process for Nebraska and Iowa will be by invitation only. Please contact Shelly d'Almeida at Michelle.dAlmeidaAraujo@medica.com with questions.

The NIH Office of the Director has released a Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity to support one RADx Tribal Data Repository (TDR). This opportunity will provide a repository for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) data and is expected to publish in the winter of 2022. The repository will house AI/AN data collected from projects supported by the RADx Initiative to better understand the impacts of COVID-19, support research to better inform and develop policies to address current and future pandemics, and support and promote AI/AN researchers by providing data access upon appropriate review. Application due: May 25, 2022. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
New Video Resource
A new, open-access manuscript and video from Shannon Jarrott and Kathy Lee is now available for the Shared Site Intergenerational Programs: A National Profile article appearing in the Journal of Aging & Social Policy. The article is based on Generation United's 2018 study on intergenerational sites, launched with a grant from the Eisner Foundation. Learn more.
Now Available: Spanish Version of 2021 State of Grandfamilies Report
Generations United has released the Spanish language version of the 2021 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report. This report highlights how the systems and services that help U.S. families were not designed for grandfamilies, leaving children and caregivers in these families with inequitable access to key resources to help their families thrive. Learn more.
Generations United Resources
Reinforcing a Strong Foundation: Equitable Supports for Basic Needs of Grandfamilies. The 2021 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report includes updated national and state data on grandfamilies and key recommendations to address inequities and provide critical supports to serve grandfamilies well. Available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family. This new toolkit is designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve all Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement. Available in English and Spanish. 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.. Learn more.

Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone, serves as a companion piece to Making the Case and provides a synthesized overview of the benefits. Learn more.

Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic shares what we have learned about intergenerational engagement during the pandemic, including examples of inspiring intergenerational initiatives; tips for addressing the digital divide; and resources to help you get started or strengthen your intergenerational work. 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.

"In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions
that affect the people."
~ Wilma Mankiller

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Lee Westell, Editor
Generations This Week
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