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2Gen Toolbox

This 2Gen Toolbox is a growing collection of resources developed by Ascend Fellows and Ascend Network partners — pioneering two-generation leaders and organizations working to create opportunities for and meet the needs of children and the adults in their lives together.

With the generous permission of the Ascend Network and Fellows, we are making these models, case studies, tools, and other materials available. Our goal for the Toolbox is to facilitate learning, adoption, and scale of two-generation approaches.

Unless otherwise noted, these materials were not authored by Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ascend reviews the materials for relevance before posting; however, inclusion in the Toolbox does not signify Ascend’s unqualified endorsement. See criteria for inclusion.

We welcome feedback on these tools. We will continue to add to these resources and hope you find them valuable.

Learn more about the Ascend Network and Ascend Fellows.

Building Community Resilience Coalition Building and Communications Guide

Guide from George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health designed to help organizations develop cross-sector coalitions aimed at addressing adverse childhood experiences in the context of adverse community environments. April 2017.


Advancing Two-Generation Approaches: Funding to Help Families Succeed

This brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides an overview of how some 2Gen programs fund their work. March 2017.


The Collective Impact of Social Innovation on a Two-Generation Learning Program

This brief from the National Center for Families Learning details the results of a 2Gen learning program for Hispanic/Latino families in Detroit. March 2017.


Excel Center: Research Report

Since The Excel Center® opened in 2010, database research continues to illustrate proof of impact. This report combines independent, verified data from the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP), Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The combined data from these sources was used to create a profile of The Excel Center students while highlighting pertinent performance metrics and outcomes for graduates of the school. March 2017.


Community Leadership for 2Gen Approaches

In partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Sarasota County, with leadership from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, has explored, developed, and implemented 2Gen efforts since 2012. This brief details the process by which the Community Foundation embarked on its 2Gen efforts, key lessons and challenges that emerged from these efforts, results from 2Gen initiatives throughout the county, and examples of ongoing work. February 2017.


Clearing the Path: Removing barriers to sustainable employment for working single mothers

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “leaning in”—about working women talking openly about the obstacles they face in hopes of leveling barriers to success. The women you’ll read about in this report are doing just that.


Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes for Preschool Children

This issue brief comes from the Pennsylvania State University with support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and presents findings linking parent engagement practices and programs with positive outcomes for children. The brief is one of a series of briefs addressing the need for more research, practice, and policy on social and emotional learning (SEL). January 2017.


Changing the Course of Family Literacy

Policy paper on the state of family literacy programs across the country from Carol Clymer, Blaire Willson Toso, Elisabeth Grinder & Ruth Parrish Sauder at the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy. January 2017.


Scaling Up, Scaling Out

This article examines the challenges of individual programs working together to scale. The goal of the collaboration between Nurse Family Partnership and Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana described is for each service provider to reach additional families with unique services (horizontal scale) while also scaling across programs to ensure that a wider array of services are easily accessible for the family (vertical scale). January 2017.


Implementation of the Federal Rural IMPACT Demonstration

Report from U.S. Department of Human Services assessing the implementation of the Rural IMPACT program. Report findings can inform federal and other efforts involving two-generation and place-based anti-poverty strategies, in particular those in rural areas. November 2016.


Bound to Succeed: An Environmental Scan of Two-Generation Approaches to Education in Colorado

Report from the Bell Policy Center on 2Gen approaches to education in Colorado. October 2016.


State Human Services Model: Colorado as a Case Study for Policymakers

This case study offers readers an in-depth look at how Colorado has embraced a two-gernation approach across state and county agencies and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. It offers practical tools and resources in addition to lessons from Colorado's work. September 2016.


Student Parent Fact Sheet

Fact sheet about student parents. Institute for Women's Policy Research, November 2014.


2Gen Educational Approaches: Big Ideas for Action in Postsecondary Education

A brief on two-generation approaches from the Ascend Network in postsecondary education. Ascend at the Aspen Institute February 2016.


Making a Two-Generation Model Work in the Real World Lessons from the HOST Demonstration

This brief synthesizes insights to provide guidance for practitioners on what it takes to implement an effective and truly integrated two-generation model.


Sample Letter for Comments for 2016 WIOA State Plans

Letter sent to the state of Maryland’s Workforce Investment Board by Garrett County Community Action to be used as a template to assist your thinking about comments or recommendations to send to the decision-makers in your state.


Training Women for Manufacturing

Summary of a workshop for mothers receiving technical training and girls to learn about STEM careers. Partners for a Competitive Workforce, December 2015.


SparkPoint’s 10 Key Findings: Demonstrating client progress towards financial prosperity

This report highlights a number of key findings around outcome attainment and retention among SparkPoint clients. United Way of the Greater Bay, SparkPoint Centers, September 2015.


Los Angeles Valley College 2Gen Toolkit: Module 4

Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center 2Gen Toolkit: Module 4 - Individualized Support. December 2015.


Los Angeles Valley College 2Gen Toolkit: Module 3

Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center 2Gen Toolkit: Module 3 - Common Services. December 2015.


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