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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…

How Impact Investing Can Advance Economic Mobility in America


As a country, we have long believed in the American Dream: that through hard work and opportunity, we can reach our goals. But with millions of Americans struggling financially, those dreams are eroding, social and economic mobility is stagnant, and inequality is rising. Tackling entrenched problems like intergenerational poverty requires the commitment and resources of…

Family Feedback: A Lesson from the Rockies


The Valley Settlement Project is a two-generation program focused on school readiness, elementary school achievement, economic stability and community engagement for local families. Its focus is low-income families who are not successfully settled or attached to the community in which they live. Through community organizing and partnerships with local nonprofits, schools and government agencies, Valley Settlement Project…