Volume 18 | Issue 30 | August 2nd, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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Picture of Generations United staff at the 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference in Washington, D.C.

Thank you for a successful Global Intergenerational Conference!


Our 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference last week was an overwhelming success! We couldn't have achieved this milestone without the unwavering support and enthusiastic participation of all our attendees from around the world. Your passion for driving positive change and your commitment to intergenerational connections made this an incredible event. Our next conference will be in 2025 - stay tuned for more details!


We invite you to visit our social media channels to relive the magic of #GensUnited23. There, you'll find a collection of pictures and updates from our global conference.


Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for more updates, exciting opportunities, and to continue moving intergenerational connections forward. Together, we're shaping a brighter future for all generations.

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

Six Award Recipients Honored At Generations United’s Global Intergenerational Conference


Last week, Generations United recognized the honorees for our biennial awards program. Learn more about the outstanding contributions these individuals and organizations are making to the intergenerational field here.

Strengthening Cultural Responsiveness In Intergenerational Programs Report Released


Last week, we released our Strengthening Cultural Responsiveness in Intergenerational Programs Report at our Global Intergenerational Conference. This report highlights the intentional and creative ways that organizations are combatting systemic racism by prioritizing the voices and lived experiences of diverse staff and participants in their practices. Check out the report here.

Generations United Announces Theme for Grandparents Day 2023


#DoSomethingGrand and celebrate Grandparents Day (Sunday, September 10) throughout the month of September! This year we are celebrating The Grandparent Advantage – the ability to recycle human knowledge, understanding, culture, and experience – benefits future generations and is essential to supporting strong, healthy families.


Learn more about the #DoSomethingGrand activities you can do with your grandparents, grandfriends, grandchildren, or other loved ones here.

Program Spotlight - Hearts and Minds Activity Center Intergenerational Program

The intergenerational services of the Hearts & Minds Activity Center, a Generations United Program of Distinction, provide opportunities for the students of the child care program to interact with and learn from the participants in the adult day care, as well as enhance the social and emotional growth of the students and provide emotional and social connections for the elders. This innovative program is a central element in building a strong and genuine community with a sense of purpose. It allows the adults and children to come together to share experiences, knowledge, and skills that are mutually beneficial and foster positive relationships between the two generations. Learn more.


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: Black Kinship Families – Identifying Needs and Challenges

This video resource is part two of a series of videos from our partner, the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA), and it features a conversation between Karyne Jones, President and CEO of NCBA, and Dr. LaShawnDa L. Pittman, Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. Check it out here.

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

The Dialogues on the Experience of War program from the National Endowment for the Humanities supports the study and discussion of humanities sources that address the experiences of military service and war from a wide variety of perspectives. Dialogue projects encourage veterans and nonveterans to reflect collectively on such topics as civic engagement, veteran identity, and the legacies of war, service, and homecoming. Project teams should include humanities scholars, military veterans, and individuals with relevant experience. The optional draft deadline is July 27, 2023 and the application deadline is September 7, 2023. Learn more.


The Field-Initiated Approach to Addressing Racial Bias and Inequity in Child Welfare opportunity from the Administration for Children and Families aims to award up to eight grants that support the development, implementation, and evaluation of field-initiated approaches to addressing racial bias and inequity in child welfare and improving the safety, stability, and well-being of families in traditionally underserved communities. As a field-based initiative, this funding opportunity will enable communities to design and lead targeted solutions to local issues of systemic disproportionality and inequitable access to services experienced by traditionally underserved communities at varying points across the child welfare continuum. The closing date for applications is July 31, 2023. Learn more.


AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping older adults build economic opportunity. Through its current requests for applications, the Foundation seeks projects that advance economic opportunity among older adults with low income in 22 U.S. states and territories with high rates of senior poverty. The focus is on achieving equitable outcomes for older adults with low income by increasing income and decreasing expenditures, accessing benefits, and securing refunds and credits. Priority is given to equitable strategies and services that address systemic barriers, racial and ethnic disparities, and other biases that perpetuate economic instability. Support is provided for direct service projects developing and testing new approaches and solutions to help older adults with low income secure the essentials and field building projects advancing economic opportunity and financial stability for older adults on a systemic level. The application deadline is August 4, 2023 and the invited full application deadline is September 8, 2023. Learn more.


The WITH Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are currently accepting applications through a request for proposals (RFP) focused on projects that foster health and healthcare systems transformation for older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in communities of color within the United States. Proposals should prioritize one of the following approaches: implementation of models, educational resources, regional or national advocacy, or research to identify and fill gaps in knowledge and inform efforts to improve health related to the care that older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in communities of color receive. The RFP also seeks to foster the development of new partnerships between community, healthcare, and disability organizations. Proposals should specifically support primary care providers (including dentists) and healthcare systems in providing culturally competent care to older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in communities of color. The application deadline is August 15, 2023. Learn more.


Community Collections Grants from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress fund and support contemporary cultural field research and documentation within diverse communities. Available to individuals and organizations, the grants offer up to $50,000 each to support projects within their communities to produce ethnographic cultural documentation, such as interviews with community members and audio-visual recordings of cultural activity, from the community perspective. Funding through these awards can be used to cover travel, equipment rental or purchase, and other expenses associated with cultural documentation fieldwork. Applications are due by 2:00 p.m. ET on August 18, 2023. Learn more.


NEW: F5’s STEM Education Grant aims to help build the pipeline of female changemakers and future leaders by investing in programs to increase access to STEM education and career opportunities for girls and women of color. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations around the world that have a primary focus on increasing access, capacity building, career development, or other related work with the goal of increasing representation of women of color in STEM education, especially the technology sector. Funded projects must serve a majority (>50%) women of color or girls of color. Nonprofit organizations that are legally registered charitable organizations in the country where they operate, or are fiscally sponsored by a legally registered charitable organization, for at least three years are eligible to apply. The grant application will be open from July 14, 2023-August 18, 2023 at 11:45pm PST. Learn more.


The Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program, offered by LISC and Foot Locker, Inc., through the Foot Locker Foundation, supports nonprofit community organizations that empower youth in underserved communities. Eligible cities include Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco, CA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Newark, NJ; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Dallas and Houston, TX; and Washington, DC. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 support current youth programming, the creation of new programming, or the extension of existing programming over one year. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 support capital improvement projects that enhance the impact of youth programming over one year. Applicant organizations should primarily serve youth in under-resourced communities with programs and services focused on health and wellness, education and life skills support, mentoring, or career development; include people of color in their leadership ranks; and more. The application deadline is August 30, 2023. Learn more.


The International Paper Foundation addresses critical needs in the communities where International Paper employees live and work in the United States. Areas of interest include education, with a focus on children's literacy; hunger and food security for children, families, and seniors; health and wellness, including promotion of healthy habits; and disaster relief. If your organization does not have an International Paper location in the community, you are not eligible for grant funding. (Grants in the company's global headquarters location of Memphis, TN, are made by invitation only). Applications are accepted through mid-September, annually. Learn more.


Life Comes From It is a grantmaking and movement-building circle that supports grassroots work led by people of color in the United States. Funding is provided for projects and collaborations led by people of color that focus on restorative justice, transformative justice, Indigenous peacemaking, and land-based projects. The aim is to support work committed to replacing criminalization and incarceration with alternative approaches to address violence and repair harm, and prioritizing peacemaking development and Indigenous initiatives led by Native people. Grants are typically unrestricted and for general operating costs. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or organizations with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. Application deadline: None for introductions. Learn more.


If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.

Think Intergenerational - Great Resources

"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.


Children Thrive in Grandfamilies Fact Sheet. Generations United has updated our Children Thrive in Grandfamilies Fact Sheet, a resource that provides key facts about how children do in the care of relatives and a list of research articles to support the facts. 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, created with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 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 residents absolutely love the time they get to spend with students. Every time they come to Cornerstone, they bring a different activity, from making New Year’s Resolutions to beading bracelets. You can hear the chatter and laughter all the way down the halls when they are here!"


Courtney Sott, Cornerstone's EnrichedLIFE Program Director

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