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Two generations. One future.

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.

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.


Los Angeles Valley College 2Gen Toolkit: Module 2

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


Los Angeles Valley College 2Gen Toolkit: Module 1

Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center 2Gen Toolkit: Module I - Outreach and Recruitment. December 2015.


Coaching for Economic Mobility

Tool for implementing coaching, and specifically the Mobility Mentoring platform, to help individuals move from poverty to economic independence. Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU), October 2015.


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Two-Generation Strategies

Flier with information about two-generation strategies and the levers of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Ascend at the Aspen Institute, July 2015.


Home-Grown Social Capital

Study which explains how higher education for formerly incarcerated women facilitates family and community transformation. Using the two-generation lens, it reflects the way women and men in communities affected by incarceration actually experience family relationships. Susan Sturm, Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia and Vivian Nixon, College and Community Fellowship. September 2015.


ACEs Toolkit

A tool including data, survey and case studies to identify and better understand the adverse childhood experience (ACE). Agencies can utilize the ACE toolbox to effectively catalyze individual, community and social change for two-generations, together. The National Crittenton Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control, October 2015.


Family at the Center

Report on recommendations on family engagement from early childhood stakeholders in Los Angeles County. Families in Schools, October 2015.


The Elephant in the Clinic: Early Literacy and Family Well-Being

Early literacy and family well-being through Reach Out and Read. White Paper authored by Dipesh Navsaria, MpH, MSLIS, MD, Amy Shriver, MD. October 2015.


A Two-Generation Vision for Austin

This brief makes the case for the two-generation approach and developing programs in Austin. United Way of Greater Austin, February 2015.


Two-Generation Design Project: New Approaches to Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development

This case study was developed to share the application of human-centered design to a complicated social issue and to report the outcomes and learnings from this work. Reliable childcare and transportation issues were two significant challenges addressed to meeting the needs of women enrolled in a female-oriented career program in advanced manufacturing. United Way of Greater Cincinnati, June 2015.


The Earned-Income Tax Credit: A Time-Tested Two-Generation Strategy for Poverty

This brief highlights the benefits of the federal and state Earned-Income Tax Credits as levers for lifting families out of poverty. Voices for Utah's Children, June 2015.


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