Volume 18 | Issue 37 | September 20th, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Webinar on Strengthening Cultural Responsiveness in Intergenerational Programs

Join Generations United and RRF Foundation for Aging on Thursday, October 5 from 2:00-3:00 PM EST for the online release of the new report Strengthening Cultural Responsiveness in Intergenerational Programs. This event will highlight the recommendations in the report and explore the challenges and successes of organizations that are embarking on a diversity journey and those that have already prioritized cultural responsiveness. We will hear from a panel of intergenerational program practitioners whose work focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more about the speakers. 

Register Today!

What Is/What Can Be Digital Exhibit

Generations United welcomes you to What Is/What Can Be, our program, experience, and exhibit featuring the world of What Is and What Can Be as seen through the eyes of grandfamilies. The grandfamilies you meet in the exhibit are our inaugural group of experts, sharing their lived experiences and helping us to see, imagine, and create new futures.

Visit the What Is/What Can Be Exhibit here.

CoGenerate Launches the CoGen Challenge to Advance Economic Opportunity

The CoGen Challenge to Advance Economic Opportunity elevates cogenerational models that bring older and younger generations together to help create a more inclusive and prosperous future. The Challenge will engage thought leaders to inspire and activate others, provide $20,000 investments to each of eight innovative initiatives, and sponsor a virtual public showcase of their cogenerational work.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by 5pm PT on October 16, 2023. Learn more.

Program Spotlight - Sages & Seekers

Sages & Seekers, a Generations United Program of Distinction, offers intergenerational collaboration between older adults (60+), the Sages, and students (15-24), the Seekers. During their programs, Sages have an opportunity to share their life experiences with an interested listener, engaging them in life review and generativity. Seekers have a nonjudgmental listener they can talk to about what is happening in their lives while also gaining listening, interviewing, writing and public speaking skills. The curriculum fosters open communication and creates forums in which to discover commonalities between generations. This shattering of stereotypes helps to diminish ageism. Sages & Seekers runs a variety of online and in-person programs. Their Signature and Cross-Generational Problem Solving Programs are 8-weeks long and are offered online on Zoom or in-person at a high school, senior center, or other facility. Learn more.

Photo: Sages & Seekers

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: Relevant Trainings for Kin Caregivers and Those Who Work with Them

After receiving a few requests for individual technical assistance related to kin caregiver trainings, we created this resource to help professionals guide caregivers to trainings. 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.

Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium - Seeking Proposals

For the first time ever, the Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day (OAMHAD) symposium (online: May 2, 2024) is seeking proposals for presentations. This is your chance to get national visibility for your work while sharing it with an audience that values the mental health of older adults as much as you do! The free event is hosted by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).


Learn what's involved and submit your proposal by Nov. 6.

2024 National Lifespan Respite Conference

The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition and the New York State Office for the Aging, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, will host the 2024 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Albany, NY, on May 21-23, 2024. Read the Call for Presentations and consider submitting a proposal!

Learn about the application for recognition as an ARCH Innovative and Exemplary Respite Service here.

Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

Thank you to all 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

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.

AARP Foundation is seeking capacity building proposals for organizations to improve benefits access for older adults. With this Request for Application (RFA), AARP Foundation seeks to support local, regional or national partners to build their capacity to provide public benefits application assistance to adults age 50 and older, including at least one of the following benefits: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs (MSP), and Low-Income Subsidy (LIS)/Extra Help. Capacity building grants offer up to $50,000 to support direct service organizations in their efforts to work more efficiently and effectively with and for older adults. These grants are intended to aid organizational development at a structural level. The required pre-application deadline is October 3, 2023, and the invited full application deadline is November 17, 2023. Learn more.

America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a program administered by Reinvestment Fund on behalf of USDA Rural Development, works to improve access to fresh, healthy foods in underserved rural and urban areas. HFFI’s new Local and Regional Healthy Food Financing Partnerships Program will support public-private partnerships to establish and grow local, regional, or state food financing programs that provide financial and technical assistance to healthy food retailers (grocery and other markets) and food enterprises (food retail supply chain businesses). Up to a total of $30,000,000 is available. Grants to applicants will range from $200,000 to $3,000,000 depending on the type of activities proposed. The application deadline is 11:59 PM ET on November 3, 2023. Learn more.

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

Think Intergenerational - Great Resources

Generations United Resources

Strengthening Cultural Responsiveness In Intergenerational Programs is a new report from Generations United that highlights the intentional and creative ways that organizations combat systemic racism by prioritizing the voices and lived experiences of diverse staff and participants in their practices. Available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

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.

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.

"Most people go to grandma’s house and get spoiled, but for me it was the only safe place I had…getting to live with grandma was like ‘going to grandma’s house’ all the time. I had more love there than anywhere else in my life."

Chad, Oregon

We want Generations This Week to be a resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, research, reports, and webinars. You can connect with other intergenerational enthusiasts through our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! Email us at gu@gu.org. We'd love to hear from you!

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