Volume 18 | Issue 36 | September 13th, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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Generations United Thanks Partners, Supporters For Fabulous Grandparents Day

On September 8th, President Biden released his Proclamation on National Grandparents Day. Read it here.

Generations United thanks our dedicated Grandparents Day partners for joining us to #DoSomethingGrand. Your support made our campaign to celebrate grandparents, grandfriends, and other intergenerational connections successful. Our 2023 Grandparents Day Campaign partners are listed here.

We invite you to continue to #DoSomethingGrand throughout September! Visit grandparentsday.org for ideas and inspiration.

Don't Miss Out on Grandparents Week Events!

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 through September 16. Learn more.

What Is/What Can Be Digital Exhibit is Now Live!

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.

Strengthening Cultural Responsiveness in Intergenerational Programs Report is now available in Spanish

Generations United's Strengthening Cultural Responsiveness in Intergenerational Programs Report is now available in Spanish. 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.

Access the report here.

Last Week to Apply for the Intergenerational Program of Distinction or Program of Merit Certification - Due Sept. 18

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!

Joint Meeting of RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council & Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Join the Administration for Community Living for a virtual meeting of the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council (FCAC) and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SGRG).

The joint meeting will focus on an analysis of public comments on the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers and updates from federal agencies about their progress in implementing the strategy.

Registration is not required to attend. The meeting will be on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | 12:30-4:30 PM ET. Learn more.

2023 International Day of Older Persons Celebration

The United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) aims to enshrine and promote the rights of older persons, and to engage and mobilize advocates to protect those rights.

UNIDOP 2023 is an in-person event, also to be broadcast via UN Web TV that will involve a multistakeholder dialogue aimed to address the topic: "Fulfilling the Promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons Across Generations". Learn more.

Program Spotlight - ONEgeneration

The mission of ONEgeneration, a Generations United Program of Distinction, is to support and enrich the lives of older adults, children, and their families throughout their diverse community. Their unique intergenerational program provides enriching activities such as creative art, cooking, music and movement, pet therapy, gardening, and games. The connections made between the children and the older adults allow for higher empathy levels and compassion for others and their individual needs. The program helps children acquire new interests and skills all while learning the meaning of acceptance, cooperation, and kindness. For those families with older relations who do not live in the area, this gives their child the opportunity to foster an ongoing bond with an older adult that they see daily. 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 and the High Cost of Loving

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month. The Network's resource, "Caring for a Child Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)," is available in English and Spanish. It is adapted from an original resource from ZERO TO THREE, with input from the Network and expert review from Gail Engel – a Network subject matter expert, Network management committee member, and GRAND Voice grandparent caregiver – and Hanh Dao – a Network subject matter expert and senior program associate at Children and Family Futures. Access and share the resource to help families!

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 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.

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. 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.

"In our hearts, we carry the lessons our grandparents instilled in us. And in ways big and small, we strive to build a future worthy of their highest hopes. On National Grandparents Day, we give thanks to our grandparents for their unconditional love and unmatched inspiration."

President Joe Biden, the 46th and current president of the United States.

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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