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Expanding the Potential of 2Gen Programs – 3 Ideas for Funders


The March 2016, Making Tomorrow Better Together, report by Ascend at the Aspen Institute was brutally honest on the value of what they called “Two-Generation 1.0 programs” — programs that at their heart were wonderfully intentioned to provide valuable services to both parents and children, but which produced only modest participant outcomes at a relatively high cost.…

Becoming 2Gen: Ascend Network Partners Respond


Becoming 2Gen: Ascend Network Partners Respond, Pt. 1 "How do we get started?" is a frequent question Ascend staff receive from organizations new to the two-generation approach. Taking on new program components and more than doubling a target population can seem overwhelming. However, the 2Gen approach starts with a shift in mindset, and organizations at…

Me and My Posse


Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field   We, as people navigating life, intuitively recognize the value of social capital in helping us reach our goals, personal and professional. The network of people and institutions that we rely on is instrumental on a daily basis, especially in helping us get through tough and transitional times,…

Keys to Degrees and Two Generations of Success


Parent-Voices Blog Series Ascend at the Aspen Institute is committed to raising the voices of families to inform two-generation approaches in practice, policy, research, and philanthropy. At the 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange, 20 parents nominated by Ascend Network partners participated in the plenaries, break-out sessions, and activities, acting as both experts on topics like social capital…

Who created International Women’s Day?


Here's a little lesson in women's history for you: While International Women's Day was originally inspired by women garment and needle workers who marched in New York City in the 19th and early 20th century, the woman to suggest that such a day exist was from an entirely different continent. Her name was Clara Zetkin,…

Every day is International Women’s Day


Yesterday, we plotted, celebrated, and strategized on the future for women's rights and economic justice. Today, we want to make sure to continue the conversation — because after all, every day is International Women's Day. So much more work is needed after March 8th to carry these conversations and strategies forward, if we truly want…