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Ascend FellowsSee allnext

Katie Albright

Katie Albright

: San Francisco, CA

Ascend Action Plan: As Executive Director of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Katie Albright is developing and implementing a framework to improve social capital – trusted networksMore next

Dr. C. Nicole Mason

Dr. C. Nicole Mason

: New York, NY

Ascend Action Plan: ​ Dr. C. Nicole Mason, a visiting professor at Spelman College, is at work on a book, Another Tomorrow: Poverty and the Meaning of Success and OMore next

Henry Wilde

Henry Wilde

Dr. Mario Small

Dr. Mario Small

Dr. Eduardo Padrón

Dr. Eduardo Padrón

Reverend Vivian Nixon

Reverend Vivian Nixon

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Researchers Discuss Two-Generation Solutions

According to Northwestern researchers, two-generation programs that target parents and children simultaneously will have a greater short-term and long-term impact on children's success and life opportunities over time. morenext

From The Daily Northwestern: Northwestern researchers discuss two-generation programs, April 16, 2014

Women’s Unequal Lot

I DROPPED in on my sister last week. As usual, I was amazed. I work a single job; she works three or four. morenext

From NY Times: Women's Unequal Lot, April 12, 2014

Encouraging Parents of First Generation College Students

Key is to empower parents who haven’t gone to college themselves to talk to their sons and daughters about the importance of higher education. morenext

From Time: How to Help Low-Income Parents Talk To Their Kids About College, April 09, 2014

Social Capital: Feeling Less Single

Tamara Alexander knows what good a group can do for single parents. morenext

From Mother, daughter helping single parents, April 05, 2014

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Minimum Wage. Limited Options

Minimum Wage. Limited Options

April 16, 2014Read Full Post

Delivering Meaningful Impact with For-Profit Social Enterprise

Delivering Meaningful Impact with For-Profit Social Enterprise

April 15, 2014Read Full Post