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Webinar: Engaging Parents as Messengers of the 2Gen Movement


In July, Ascend held the second in a series of Masterclass Webinars for our national Network. The webinar, “In Their Own Words: Engaging Parents as Messengers of the 2Gen Movement,” featured Ascend Network Partners and parents who spoke to the importance of integrating family voice into program and policy development, and strategies for engaging and…

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Statement on Immigrant Family Separation


The United States was founded on the aspirational vision of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” Today, it is more important than ever to keep our eyes wide open and reconcile our deeply flawed history of slavery, genocide, and gender inequity with the freedom and opportunities the Constitution set forth for all people. There is…

New Ascend Report Offers Blueprint for State Leaders Fighting Poverty


As prospects seem to diminish for the next generation being better off than the current one, it is essential to elevate the successful work being done to address intergenerational poverty and create a path of opportunity. Two-generation (2Gen) policies have advanced greatly over the past decade, resulting in positive outcomes for families. 2Gen approaches embrace…

2Gen Professional Development: Recapping a Network Masterclass Webinar


“As a result of our trainings, subgrantees formulate their own trainings and opportunities for continued learning around trauma informed care. This to me shows an organizational value shift toward genuinely being more trauma informed, something that will have a lasting impact.” – Sara VanSlambrook In April, Ascend began our 2018 Network Masterclass Webinar series with…

The Future of Work and Family Prosperity


Last week, as the Department of Labor announced the latest round of employment numbers, I was fortunate to be with the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community—experts and innovators committed to helping families with low incomes become participants in the economy—engaging in a new conversation about the future of work. The Aspen Family Innovation experts came…

Tackling Intergenerational Poverty in Utah


State leaders in Utah are determined to find solutions to intergenerational poverty and strengthen the lives of children and their parents. As Governor Gary R. Herbert shared with colleagues at the National Governors Association, “Intergenerational poverty is generation after generation where the grandparents, parents, and now the children, are trapped in poverty. We’re trying to…