Volume 18 | Issue 28 | July 12, 2023

Generations This Week

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

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Global Conference Updates - Our Conference is 2 Weeks Away! Be Sure to Visit Our Conference Website for Additional Updates.

Are you already registered for our conference? It’s not too late to add pre-conference activities.

  • We are hosting an expert symposium entitled “Changing Demographics Can Result in Strengthening Families” on Tuesday, July 25th. A limited number of observer seats are available for global conference attendees - learn more and sign up!
  • You won't want to miss the Plaza West Grandfamilies Apartments site visit on Wednesday, July 26th. A few spots remain, sign up today! Additional registration is required.
  • Learn more about all of the conference events at www.guconf.org.

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

Raising the Roof: America’s Housing Crisis and Our Longer Lives

This generation and the ones to follow it will live very long lives. But where? And how well? And most importantly, how do cumulative disadvantage and access to different housing options affect health as we age?

These are the themes fellows will explore in the 2023 Age Boom Academy. ​​​In its third decade, Columbia University's signature media training to deepen reporting on issues around aging is a fellowship program of the Columbia Journalism School, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health​. The deadline for journalists to apply is July 21, 2023. Learn more.

Program Spotlight - Hebrew SeniorLife

Through the Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program, Hebrew SeniorLife, a Generations United Program of Distinction, bridges generations, linking senior residents and patients with students from the community to forge impactful, meaningful relationships. Operating across Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuum of care and in partnership with a variety of schools and youth organizations, our programming is uniquely designed to support the needs of old and young alike. Seniors find a strong sense of purpose and companionship through engagement with the students, who learn the value of service while gaining a deeper understanding of the rich lives and experiences of older adults. By breaking barriers between young and old, Hebrew SeniorLife is fostering new frontiers in compassionate, world-class care while enhancing the lives of all participants. 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.

Upcoming Webinar - Building Evidence of Success for Kinship Programs: Tips and Strategies

Our next webinar will take place on Monday, July 17, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. The topic is “Building Evidence of Success for Kinship Programs: Tips and Strategies,” and the webinar will be led by Berenice Rushovich of Child Trends, one of the Network’s managing partners, and Network Subject Matter Expert Dr. Angelique Day. Join us to explore the foundational principles and strategies that nonprofit organizations and government agencies may use to demonstrate the success of their kinship programs. Register today!

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

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 funding opportunity is offered twice a year. Cycle 2 of 2023 will focus on the area of Community Expansion. The cycle will close on July 17, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET. Learn more.

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.

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 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 whole idea is that you’ve got seniors and you’ve got families, and how cool that they can interact. That’s really a great way for seniors, who may suffer from loneliness, to mingle. Who doesn’t want to live next to a lot of grandmas and grandpas?"

Jim Andersen, chief development officer for Chelsea Investment Corporation

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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