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Ascend at The Aspen Institute is committed to creating opportunities for both parents and children to move up the economic ladder together, sustaining a legacy of economic security and educational success across generations. Ascend believes parents, especially mothers, and their children can achieve their dreams together.
What We Do
Ascend is sparking a new conversation around two-generation approaches that help parents, especially mothers, and their children seize opportunities to move up the economic ladder, breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. At Ascend, we elevate the voices of families through focus groups and media partnerships, convene national forums and roundtable conversations among diverse experts and leaders, and showcase promising programs and policies through our website.
Ascend is creating a vibrant and visible new network of leaders to build political will for shifts in policies, practices, and resources for vulnerable families. The Ascend Fellowship brings together pioneering leaders who are piloting, replicating, and scaling two-generation approaches, enabling them to share knowledge, coordinate efforts, and translate groundbreaking ideas into action. The $1 million Ascend Innovation Fund provides flexible capital to catalyze cross-sector collaborations that increase the impact, innovation, and influence of two-generation approaches.
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. Through influential platforms, such as the Aspen ThinkXChange and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and through tools and publications for the field, Ascend casts a spotlight on breakthrough and proven strategies that impact parents and children together. An emerging two-generation policy agenda will provide a blueprint for leaders to streamline, link, and connect resources for more effective solutions.