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Two generations. One future.

Roundtables & Convenings

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October 26, 2016

2Gen 101 Webinar

These webinars are for staff, parents, and other leaders in the field seeking to learn more about 2Gen efforts, including those who are not yet acquainted with Ascend’s work.

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September 28, 2016

Leading with Family Voice: Strengthening 2Gen Outcomes

This dynamic webinar focuses on the importance of incorporating family voices in designing, implementing, and assessing 2Gen programs. Parents and program leaders running pioneering 2Gen programs will share their insights about engaging families. It is an opportunity to hear directly from families about how programs and policies affect their lives and the practical lessons program leaders have learned.

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September 15, 2016

Behavioral Economics & 2Gen Partnerships

This webinar begins with an overview of behavioral economics and its underlying principles. It continues with a focus on how organizations can use behavioral science to strengthen partnerships for their 2Gen work.

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September 12, 2016

Webinar: Whole Family Approaches to Address Global Poverty

A whole family approach is built on the premise that conditions that affect the family will have an impact on child development as will the direct experiences of the child. Giving children a strong start in life and creating stability for the family require a focus on the whole, and in particular, on children’s well-being and on parents as agents of change. In this webinar, hear from practitioners working in Brazil and throughout Africa. In addition, we will release a new report on whole family approaches in the global context, including models from around the world and policy opportunities.

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August 09, 2016

Mentoring to support 2Gen Approaches

Join MENTOR:The National Mentoring Partnership and Ascend in an overview of the latest trends in quality, evidence-based mentoring, and a discussion around how mentoring embraces a two-generation approach. We will explore the mentoring relationship as it relates to positive youth development and the building of social capital, which is a key factor of success in the two-generation approach.

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May 23, 2016

Webinar, May 23: New 2Gen Opportunity in CMS Guidelines: Learn More!

Webinar, May 23, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. Join Ascend at the Aspen Institute Donna Cohen RossPrincipal, Health Management Associates and Dr. Rahil Briggs, Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Services, Montefiore Medical Group for a webinar on the 2Gen opportunity in the newly released CMS guidelines.

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May 04, 2016

Executive Function and Self-Regulation in Context

The presentation provides an overview of executive function and self-regulation with particular emphasis on (1) their developmental and neuroscience underpinnings, and (2) research linking them to stress and vulnerability. The presentation will also review strategies for skill development in children and adults. The goals for the session include describing executive function and self-regulation skills in children and adults, presenting research on how stress influences these skills, and identifying strategies and opportunities for intervention.

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April 25, 2016

FunderXChange on 2Gen Grantmaking

Roundtable convening with national leaders in 2Gen funding and grantmaking and Ascend at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.

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March 23, 2016

Webinar: Release of 2Gen Outcomes Working Group report and Online Bank for 2Gen programs

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March 07, 2016

Aspen Forum on Women and Girls Conversations Across Generations

On March 7-8, 2016, the Aspen Institute hosted a forum including a series of plenary sessions featuring provocative conversations about women’s rights, economic justice, and leadership across US and global landscapes. During this program, leaders across generations shared their views on what has been accomplished and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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February 11, 2016

Webinar: 2Gen in Tribal Communities February 2016

Access the webinar recording and presentation.

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January 14, 2016

The Aspen State of 2Gen Roundtable, January 2016

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December 07, 2015

Webinar: Creating a 2Gen Campus - Innovations in Postsecondary Education

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October 20, 2015

Webinar: Behavioral economics and to interrupt poverty and create 2Gen outcomes

Webinar, October 20, 3 pm ET: Behavioral economics and to interrupt poverty and create 2Gen outcomes

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September 21, 2015

Webinar: Two-Generation Strategies for WIOA

2Gen and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act webinar September 21, 2015 from 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm EST Kevin Jordan, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Kim Justice, Washington State Budget & Policy Center Rachel Pollock, Ascend at the Aspen Institute

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July 14, 2015

Webinar: Vroom for Two Generations

Research shows there is no better time to create a strong foundation than the first five years of life, because this is when brain development is the most rapid. And, the things that matter the most, like talking and playing, can be layered onto existing routines. Join Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family Foundation for an introduction to Vroom, an initiative born out of a need for creative tools and materials that inspire families to turn everyday moments into brain building moments. We will explore the development of Vroom, hear from experts using the tools, and share tips and ideas for using Vroom in your own work.

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May 14, 2015

Smart Starts for Children and Families: Building Upon Early Learning Innovations

On May 13-14, we will convene a diverse circle of leaders for a series of conversations that highlight emerging themes for bold advances in the field of early childhood development. The forum includes insights from historians, experts in early care and education, practitioners, parents, policymakers, and philanthropists from across the nation.

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April 07, 2015

Convening: Release of the Aspen Institute 2Gen Anthology

April 7, 2015 ,11:45 am - 1:30 pm

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February 26, 2015

Webinar: Toxic! Stress, Health, and ACEs

Toxic! Stress, Health, ACEs Webinar Ascend at the Aspen Institute and Ascend Network Partners Katie Albright (San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center); Jeannette Pai-Espinosa (The National Crittenton Foundation); and Jason Gortney (The Children's Home Society of Washington State) in this important two-gen conversation.

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December 11, 2014

The Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S.

We will host a breakfast panel featuring contributors and insights from this comprehensive report that lifts up the ways impact investing can advance social and economic mobility for America's families.

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