In another step to significantly improve the lives of low-income children and their parents in the United States, Ascend at the Aspen Institute launched the $1 Million Aspen Institute Ascend Fund.Learn more
The Aspen ThinkXChangeLearn More
The New York Times' David Leonhardt and Ascend's Anne Mosle: Aspen AsksLearn More
Two Generations Strategies In Education: A RoundtableLearn More
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Ascend elevates promising practices and policy recommendations to build political will for effective strategies that lead to improved outcomes for children and their parents. Ascend identifies, supports, and elevates two-generation programs, policies, and community solutions through research, publications, events, media, online platforms, and financial investment. To equip and empower the network, Ascend convenes national forums, briefings, and roundtables that highlight promising programs and policies for leaders that can shift practice, policy, and resources.
To elevate two-generation solutions, Ascend brings together leaders in policy development, research, program design, evaluation, and community engagement to share knowledge, identify promising programs, and expand the conversation around new approaches to move families beyond poverty toward opportunity.
Ascend fosters and amplifies innovative partnerships across programs, policies, and systems that have traditionally focused separately on children and parents, tapping cutting-edge research and the Ascend network of leaders from communities across the nation.
Ascend is working to identify emerging and promising practices among two-generation programs: from early childhood education centers to postsecondary institutions and from community organizations to social capital-building programs. To learn more about these on-the-ground innovations, check out the Promising Programs Profiles.
The theme of the 2012 ThinkXChange was the power and potential of two-generation approaches, which focus on creating opportunities for and addressing the needs of both vulnerable parents and children together. The Aspen ThinkXChange convened more than 150 dynamic leaders across sectors — from cutting-edge community-based programs, policy programs, academia, philanthropies, businesses, and the media — to discuss and debate opportunities, challenges, and solutions for moving children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. To learn more about the agenda, speakers, and tools from the Aspen ThinkXChange, click here.
Roundtables and Forums
Ascend accelerates breakthrough and proven policies and community solutions that increase the economic security and educational achievement of vulnerable families, particularly those headed by women. Building on the values-based convening approach of The Aspen Institute, Ascend hosts closed-door and open events at our main offices in Washington, DC, as well as around the country.
To learn more about Ascend-hosted events and roundtables, click here.