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Fueling Family Ambition

The knowledge that a college degree is an important asset in today’s economy is a good first step toward economic stability, but many parents and students are rightfully dissuaded by the exorbitant cost of college. The complex financial aid application process does not help either. This is where organizations like FUEL Education can make a difference.  morenext

Carrying on the Two-Generation Drumbeat


A College Savings Account for Every Child

A study finds that students who had saved between $1 and $500 were four times more likely to graduate than students with no savings at all.  morenext

How to Write the Perfect Story for Social Change…a work in progress

Writing a good story is not that simple even if you have the ingredients. If it were, the nonprofit world would probably have more stories and fewer fact sheets. But I gave it some thought.  morenext

Reflections from Diversity Dynamics: A Father’s Perspective

In order to truly move the needle from a fatherless trend to a FatherFULL trend in America – we will need to work with fathers, mothers, children, and extended family.   morenext

Freedom and Opportunity

What is often thought of as impossible, becomes plausible when you consider the power of networks.  morenext

“Living Proof” of Two-Gen Success

There’s a fine line between a “hand out” and a “hand up.” That demarcation is a key point of debate in economic advancement efforts.   morenext

Predicting a Child’s ACE Score…and Then What?

What would happen if we could predict a child’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Score? Could we prevent a high ACE score?   morenext

Ascend-ing the Mountain in Aspen: Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond

Aspen Institute trustee Mike Bezos opened Ascend’s forum on Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond by saying, “Ascend is shining a new light on two-generation approaches.”   morenext

A Policy Geek’s Perspectives on Early Childhood, Health and Beyond

The Bell Policy Center is honored and excited to be part of the Ascend at the Aspen Institute Network and, as part of our participation, I was particularly fortunate to attend the recent Early Childhood, Health and Beyond forum in Aspen, Colorado.   morenext

Young Mom Summit: Bridging the Gap between Young Moms And Their Community

I sat in my advisor’s office, holding my breath as she prepared to give me feedback on the latest version of my master’s thesis. But before she could launch into her suggestions on what to change and what to keep, she had something else to share with me.  morenext

Using My Voice: An Ascend Ambassador’s Story

My years as a student at Spelman cultivated and focused my activism towards improving women’s lives. Spelman taught me that I have a responsibility to use my talents in the service of others. It is the desire to be of service that led me to law school and drives my advocacy on behalf of single mothers and children.  morenext

Women’s Economic Empowerment: Mississippi Snapshot

On a beautiful Monday morning, May 19th, 2014, Anne Mosle, Vice President, The Aspen Institute and Executive Director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, welcomed 40 practitioners, researchers, parents, and public and private sector leaders to the “Women and Working Families: An Ascend at the Aspen Institute Roundtable.”  morenext

In Head Start Partnerships, a Renewed Two-Gen Commitment

In 2014, in the midst of difficult budget decisions, President Obama and Congress made a commitment to our youngest, most vulnerable children, and their families: they restored sequestration cuts to Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the country and added $500 million in new investments for additional quality services to infants, toddlers, and their parents  morenext

Ascend at the Aspen Institute Hosts Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond Forum

Ascend at the Aspen Institute Hosts Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond Forum.The Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond Forum was held May 28-30, 2014, in Aspen, Colorado. The event gathered experts from across sectors to engage in a rich dialogue on critical issues and to develop two-generation policy and practice strategies and solutions.  morenext

Our Stori…fy from Webinar With Wes Moore on Two-Gen Storytelling

Ascend at the Aspen Institute hosted a webinar on June 2, 2014 with Ascend Fellow and storyteller, Wes Moore, who discussed the narratives that matter…the stories of families across the country. As we work for better outcomes for children and their parents, we all play the role of storyteller from time to time.  morenext

When Women Succeed, America Succeeds

On May 19th, Ascend hosted a roundtable with 50 amazing leaders from across the country. We asked: What do working women need, and how do we redefine how we move all women toward economic security?  morenext

Growing, Learning, and Being a Child

Nestled in the warmth of their blankets and surrounded by love, the 3-year-olds are peacefully napping at the on-site Jeremiah Child Development Center.   morenext

The Sun, the Stars: Creating Two-Generation Legislation

Under the Colorado sunset review process, the responsibility for conducting sunset reviews alternates between the committees of reference in the state House and in the Senate. Generally, a sunset law is a law that automatically terminates a state regulatory agency, board, or function of government on a certain date. This summer, while sunset means goodbye to an important partner in Colorado two-generation work, we’re happy to say hello to several important legislative changes that will impact families for years to come.  morenext

When Small Financial Hurdles Threaten to Derail, Everyday Donors Step In

The air is thick with news, opinions and positions on poverty and opportunity in the U.S. While many voices bemoan the tattered state of the American Dream, those involved in the two-generation field, spurred by Ascend at the Aspen Institute, are acting.   morenext

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