Volume 18 | Issue 25 | June 21, 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

Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts wrote a blog story for the American Planning Association titled "The Importance of Intergenerational Communities." Read the story here.

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a fundamental victory for Native children. ICWA stands not only as a law to protect the best interest of Native children, but also as the gold standard for how we should prioritize and support family and cultural connections for all children. Read our latest blog post titled "Generations United Celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act" here.

Global Conference Updates - Already Registered for our Conference? Check out our Pre-Conference Activities!

An additional discounted block of rooms is now available at a nearby hotel, the Canopy by Hilton Washington, D.C. The Wharf (975 7th Street SW Washington, DC 20024) for $259 a night (plus applicable taxes). Limited space is available and the deadline for the discounted rate at the Canopy is Wednesday, July 5th. The conference hotel is a 0.5 mile walk from the Canopy. Book your room today!

Already registered for our conference? It’s not too late to add pre-conference activities on Wednesday, July 26th. Additional registration required. Check out our Plaza West Grandfamilies Apartments site visit and our Hill Visit Prep Session.

Check out the snapshot of our conference here.

For questions regarding the conference, please contact us at conference@gu.org

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

Program Spotlight - The AIMS Program (Art and Ink Matters)

The AIMS Program (Art and Ink Matters), a Generations United Program of Merit, is a partnership between the High Desert California Writers Club and High Desert Premier Academy (High School). Writers combining Art and Ink go into one class period a week to do a project, demonstration, or lesson to expose students to poetry forms, photography, painting, music, etc. with the focus on combining writing and visual or musical arts. Given the transition back to the classroom after COVID, the focus is on "Healing Through the Arts." Youth who attend are continuation school students, many of whom are in foster homes, and older artists and writers share their talents with them. 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.

Monthly Resource: Navigating the Relationship with Your Adult Child

The Network's June two-pager provides quick tips for navigating both the feelings and the logistics of raising a grandchild. Professionals can share this resource with the grandparents they serve and consult the resource for links to additional information and learning opportunities. We are grateful to our partners at ZERO TO THREE for their leadership in producing these monthly resources and to Network Subject Matter Expert Dr. Joseph Crumbley, whose wisdom is infused throughout the resource and who provided a valuable review of its contents. 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.

Culture United: The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story is a breathtaking picture book featuring a Korean girl and her haenyeo (free diving) grandmother. The story is about intergenerational bonds, finding courage in the face of fear, and connecting with our natural world. Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea--generations of Korean women have done so for centuries. A scary memory of the sea keeps Dayeon clinging to the shore, but with Grandma's guidance, Dayeon comes to appreciate the ocean's many gifts. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us, and we'll share them in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. See disclaimer.

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

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. Closing date for applications is June 25, 2023. Learn more.

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. 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.

New Profit: Economic Mobility Catalyze Cohort. Through the Economic Mobility Catalyze Cohort, New Profit seeks to invest in 16 social impact organizations that are building breakthrough solutions to advance economic mobility in the United States, with an emphasis on supporting Black, Indigenous, and Latinx leaders. New Profit will provide $100,000 in catalytic, unrestricted funding to organizations driving economic mobility through interventions in the following areas: social drivers of employment outcomes (enabling conditions that play an essential role in labor market participation), pathways to income generation (creating opportunities that lead to gainful employment), and financial health and wealth creation (advancing strategies to build long-term wealth). In addition to financial support, selected cohort members receive participation in a peer learning community, leadership coaching, consultations with external content experts, and a capacity-building framework and tools. The application deadline is June 26, 2023. Learn more.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: LGBTQI+ Family Support. The purpose of the Family Counseling and Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex+ Youth and Their Families program is to prevent health and behavioral health risks (e.g., suicide, depression, homelessness, drug use, HIV) and to promote well-being for LGBTQI+ youth in the context of their families/caregivers, cultures, and communities by establishing LGBTQI+ family counseling and support programs and training providers on family counseling and support interventions. The program aims to prevent or ameliorate the development of serious mental health and substance use conditions and disorders and build healthy futures for LGBTQI+ youth by increasing family acceptance and support. The application deadline is July 3, 2023. Learn more.

National Alliance for Children's Grief - Grief Reach Grants is a dedicated grant opportunity supporting childhood bereavement services in the United States. Any organization that currently serves young people who have experienced a death of a loved one are invited to apply for this competitive grant opportunity to enhance access to and increase grief support for youth and their families. This competitive funding opportunity has four goals: to increase access to bereavement support services in local communities, especially diverse communities; to enhance the capacity of organizations providing bereavement support service; to expand bereavement support services to address unmet needs; and to support communities dealing with grief and loss with tangible resources. This funding opportunity is offered twice a year. Cycle 2 of 2023 will focus on the area of Community Expansion. The cycle will close on at 8 p.m. ET on July 17, 2023, with grants awarded in September 2023. Learn more.

NEW: National Endowment for the Humanities: The Dialogues on the Experience of War program 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.

NEW: Administration for Children and Families: Field-Initiated Approach to Addressing Racial Bias and Inequity in Child Welfare 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.

The Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program, offered by LISC and Foot Locker, Inc., through the Foot Locker Foundation, supports nonprofit community organizations in 13 cities 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.

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.

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.

"For myself, I know that when I was young I just thought I would live forever. Having our elder generations in our lives is a reminder that life is a gift that should not be taken for granted."

Susan Bodnar, director of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Senior Services

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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