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Finding Fatherhood: New Hope for Families in Colorado


“Finding Fatherhood: New Hope for Families in Colorado,” a documentary film directed by Ascend Fellow Steve Liss and commissioned by Ascend Fellow Reggie Bicha (Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services), explores the human stories behind innovative programs in Colorado that offer support to fathers who have lost touch with their children, in part due…

5 things we’re excited about in impact investing


The Aspen Institute recently co-hosted the impactDEALS Forum with i2 Capital Group, an impact investing advisory firm based in the Washington, DC area. The event brought together investors and entrepreneurs to discuss how impact investing is delivering improved social and environmental outcomes in the education, health, environmental, and conservation finance sectors. Here at the Aspen…

Q&A Session following webinar: Toxic! Stress, Health and ACEs


Throughout 2015, Ascend is hosting a series of webinars in which we go in-depth with Network Partners working in specific content areas to build evidence for two-generation solutions. The February 26 webinar Toxic! Stress, Health and ACEs kicked-off the series and explored the implications from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, a nation-wide survey that…

Calling for a two generation approach to child development


Over the years there has been a long standing recognition that child development is influenced by conditions facing families and in turn families are influenced by the community around them. These concepts have recently received renewed attention through a new report released by the World Bank, Stepping Up Early Childhood Development: Investing in Young Children…

Prescription for Success: 2Gen Lessons


Jeanne Jackson, President of the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, shares the lessons and her reflections from their two-generation pilot, Prescription for Success. Whitney is a single mom with four-year-old-twins who works at a grocery deli near my house in Birmingham, Alabama.  While I have seen her many times, I met Whitney for the first…

Experiencing ThinkXChange: A Parent Ambassador’s Perspective


Follow @SRMHughes When I began my journey as a single parent, I had a fledgling law practice that did not generate consistent income. Living on inconsistent income made our household vulnerable to life’s uncertainties. It also taught me that my children and I must be holistically equipped so that our family unit can persevere in…