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How a coach can help break the stubborn grip of poverty

Poverty is insidious and can make people believe they will never be able to live life without it. But a coach — lending real life assistance and boosting the confidence to see a better life — can have a powerful effect. Spotlight on Crittenton Women's Union's coaching model. morenext

From The Aspen Journal of Ideas, December 07, 2015

White House Calls AVANCE ‘Bright Spot’

AVANCE has recently been selected as one of this year’s Bright Spots by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. As a Bright Spot, AVANCE will be part of a national online catalog that includes over 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics. morenext

From AVANCE, Inc., September 15, 2015

Maria Peña Promoted to President of LIFT

Chief Program Officer, Maria Peña, named inaugural President of LIFT. In her new role, Maria will serve as my right hand, leading the day-to-day management of the organization and partnering with Ascend Fellow Kirsten Lodal to set strategy to pursue the next stage of LIFT’s work to break the cycle of poverty for families with young children. morenext

From LIFT, September 09, 2015

W.K. Kellogg Foundation to donate $1.7M to fight generational poverty in Cincinnati

A national charitable organization is set to fund two local projects aimed at helping women and children escape poverty.The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced Wednesday that it is funding two separate local projects totaling $1.7 million. The Brighton Center will lead one and United Way of Greater Cincinnati will lead the other. morenext

From WCPO, September 02, 2015

This is the Key to Ending Poverty in Birmingham

An Op-Ed by Jeanne Jackson, president and CEO of the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham explains its "Prescription for Success" 2-Gen program, operated with Childcare Resources and Jefferson Slate Community College. The column also highlights Ascend's work on the two-generation approach. morenext

From AL.com, August 04, 2015

The Aftermath of Innovation

What is the true cost as innovations are being scaled at warp speed? Kim Dabbs explores how we can use design thinking to create a new framework for social impact that fosters equity and justice. morenext

From TEDxGrandRapids, July 09, 2015

Sarasota: A glimpse into American poverty’s future

How can Newtown’s schools help the latest generation of students? Educators at the neighborhood’s Alta Vista Elementary School have found some answers. Principal Barbara Shirley adopted an Aspen Institute initiative called “Two Generations, One Future,” designed to simultaneously engage children and their parents in practical skills, with the twin goals of academic success and job readiness. Shirley viewed the program as a natural fit for this county, where the number of locals registering for food stamps has soared 200% in the past eight years and where almost half of those at or below the poverty line work full and part-time jobs. morenext

From Fortune, June 29, 2015

Aspen Institute’s Anne Mosle asks, Do men have to lose for women to win? (Video)

Mosle talked with Cindy Fisher Crawford about what it takes to get more women in Birmingham’s C-Suites and hopefully CEO seats. morenext

From Birmingham Business Journal, June 22, 2015

Alan van Capelle, President & CEO of Educational Alliance, spoke with Rev. Sharpton

Alan van Capelle, President & CEO of Educational Alliance, spoke with Rev. Sharpton about how we are fighting poverty in New York City schools and ensuring children have equal opportunities to success. morenext

From MSNBC: Rev. Sharpton Show, May 28, 2015

Research shows stress can be toxic for kids who live in poverty

When you hear stories about poverty, they’re usually not focused on how a person's brain deals with stress. But there's growing scientific evidence that experiences like homelessness or living in a dangerous neighborhood actually changes the brains of young children. Without intervention, these experiences can have profound consequences later in life. morenext

From Colorado Public Radio, May 21, 2015

American Innovation Can Narrow the Opportunity Gap for Kids 

In Los Angeles 2Gen takes the form of Abriendo Puertas, a first-of-its-kind program that gives Latino parents with children 0-5 the tools and peer networks they need to effectively engage in their child's learning and development. In St. Paul, the Jeremiah Program provides a career-track college education, safe and affordable housing, and quality early childhood education while fostering parent and mentor networks for single mothers to help them navigate educational and economic opportunities. morenext

From The Huffington Post | Blog, May 06, 2015

Maricopa provost named 2015 National Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow

Maricopa Community Colleges Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, has been selected to join the 2015 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. morenext

From Ahwatukee Foothill News, April 21, 2015

How Obama wants to help America’s poorest kids, and why even more is needed

The rural poverty rate has been rising for more than a decade, and in 2012 it stood at 17.7 percent, back where it was in 1972. The White House's plan to alleviate rising child poverty in rural areas depends on more powerful people taking notice. morenext

From The Washington Post, April 17, 2015

Making the American Dream Real for Every Child

America's Promise honored five adults, including Ascend Fellow Wes Moore, who are doing extraordinary work to help young people in America pursue their American Dreams. morenext

From Grad Nation, April 16, 2015

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From WMCAT , March 24, 2015

Kalass named Ascend Fellow

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for me to learn with and from other leaders across the country who are equally committed to supporting families and children in some of our most distressed communities," Kalass said. "This experience will also help me become a more effective advocate for policy change that supports low income families." morenext

From Hometown Life , March 17, 2015

Hometown Hero: Oakland’s Mauricio Miller forges new path out of poverty for clients

In 2001, Mauricio Miller launched the Family Independence Initiative, a new and radically different approach to fighting poverty that puts the beneficiaries directly in the driver's seat of their own lives. morenext

From Contracosta Times, March 15, 2015

Two Ascend Fellows awarded for addressing parent employment in CO

Colorado Broadcasters Association 2015 awarded Best News Special or Public Affairs Special- "I-News Special Report: Unpaid Child Support.' The piece Ascend Fellows Reggie Bicha did with them on CO-Parent Engagement Programs and the video about fatherhood and child support produced by Ascend Fellow Steve Liss. morenext

From Colorado Broadcasters Association, March 12, 2015

Voices from the Field by Sr. Advisor Steven Hicks Interview with Steven Dow, Exec. Dir. CAP Tulsa

The realization for me about the limited impact our programs were having was simply frustrating. That combined with I would say more and more exposure to the research in the field suggested that our work, however hard we were trying, was going to have a limited impac.t morenext

From United States Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, March 10, 2015

Coordinated services for parents and their children key to breaking cycle of poverty - See more at:

Kresge-supported effort by Aspen Institute’s Ascend includes recommendations for achieving better outcomes for families. morenext

From Kresge Foundation, February 10, 2015

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