Volume 18 | Issue 35 | September 6th, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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#DoSomethingGrand and Celebrate Grandparents Day 2023!

Grandparents Day is nearly here! #DoSomethingGrand and celebrate Grandparents Day (Sunday, September 10) throughout the month of September! This year we are celebrating The Grandparent Advantage.


Check out this blog story written by Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts, which is titled "Celebrating Grandparents Day 2023 & The Grandparent Advantage." Read the story here.


Join Generations United in this heartwarming celebration that uplifts and honors the pillars of our families. Learn more about our #DoSomethingGrand campaign, our Grand Partners, and activities you can do with your grandparents, grandfriends, grandchildren, or other loved ones here.

Don't Miss Out on Grandparents Week!


As part of our Grandparents Day ‘Do Something Grand’ campaign, Generations United is excited to partner with Grandparents Academy and invite you to Grandparents Week (September 10 - 16), the largest virtual educational conference and celebration for grandparents of its kind. You'll hear from over 20 experts including our very own GRAND Voices Support Coordinator, Robyn Wind, who will be sharing about resources for grandfamilies. There are also mini-classes and prizes lined up for this incredible event scheduled for September 10 - 16, 2023. General admission is free and there are giveaways for those who register in advance. Claim your ticket today!

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.

Apply by Sept. 18 for the Intergenerational Program of Distinction or Program of Merit Certification


Generations United is now accepting applications to recognize outstanding intergenerational programs that are connecting younger and older people in the United States. The Program of Distinction and Program of Merit designations are based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program and are intended to recognize the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. Applications are due September 18, 2023.

Learn more and apply!

ARCH is Seeking Respite Innovation and Quality for National Recognition in 2024


ARCH is Seeking Respite Innovation and Quality for National Recognition in 2024. The purpose of the Innovative and Exemplary Services initiative is to establish a registry of programs and services to help advance collective understanding of what respite best practices mean. Respite service providers can apply to be recognized as an Innovative and Exemplary Respite Service.


Application Portal Opened September 1, 2023. The deadline for submitting an application is October 16, 2023. Learn more and register.

Check out the First Issue of the Shared Site Learning Network News!

Generations United is committed to helping strengthen and support the development of intergenerational shared sites (places that intentionally provide services/programs to multiple generations and foster meaningful cross-age relationships). The first issue of the Shared Site Learning Network News highlights ways shared sites around the world are emerging from the pandemic, best practices, relevant policies, and valuable resources from the field. Read it here.


Interested in receiving our quarterly newsletter in your inbox? Sign up today to receive upcoming Shared Site Learning Network News alerts!

Program Spotlight - Motion Picture & Television Fund's Volunteer Program

Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) Volunteer Program, a Generations United Program of Distinction, creates intergenerational bonds through meaningful and engaging opportunities. Helping others can have a positive emotional and physical impact on your life, providing a sense of purpose and well-being that is referred to as “helper’s high.” MPTF Volunteers include industry members who want to give back, community members, and dedicated Junior Volunteers. From the youngest Junior Volunteers starting at age 14 to the oldest 110-year-old volunteer, there is a shared desire to help others. MPTF’s programs have a flexible structure that can accommodate one’s available time and offer the priceless rewards of paying it forward, regardless of age or life situation. 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.

Video Resource: Black Kinship Families and the High Cost of Loving

The Network is proud to present another video in our series on Black kinship families, produced by our partners at the National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA). This latest video presents three separate conversations between Karyne Jones – the President and CEO of NCBA – and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Rhodena Arnold is raising her grandson and her niece and nephew in Chicago, Illinois; Rod Johnson is rearing two of his grandsons in Orlando, Florida; and Shirley Littlejohn is raising three great-grandchildren in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Each caregiver has a different story, different circumstances, and a different perspective to offer, but all three have found that raising their grandchildren leads to both joy and significant challenges. 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.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

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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 application deadline is September 7, 2023. Learn more.


CVS Health Foundation’s 2023 Centering Youth Mental Health grant program has released an open call for applications. This funding opportunity is open to locally-led coalitions working to improve mental health outcomes for adolescents and young adults. Coalitions based in the following states are eligible to apply: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. The Foundation expects to award up to $4 million in grants to locally-led, multi-sector coalitions that are collaborating to improve mental health outcomes for people ages 12 to 24. Each selected coalition will receive a $1,000,000 award. This award will be disbursed in installments of $200,000 over a five-year period. Application deadline: September 8, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EDT. 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

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. Learn more.


The 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.


An Updated Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit, which was originally 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.


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 toolkits 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.

"One of the great joys of aging is watching the people you love grow into each of their new roles, like slowly blooming flowers that reveal petals of different hues."


David French, Opinion Columnist for The New York Times

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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