Two Generations. One Future.

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. Ascend takes a two-generation approach to our work – focusing on children and their parents together – and we bring a gender and racial equity lens to our analysis.

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Announcing New Partnership to Advance Student Parents


NEWS RELEASE Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute Tel: 202.721.5596 lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org New Aspen Institute Partnership To Focus on Solutions to Advance Success for Students who are Parents Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative releases first set of recommendations to better engage students who are parents Washington, DC – The Aspen Institute announced the…

A Powerful Catalytic New Initiative for Students Who Are Parents


What does it take for a postsecondary student – who happens to be raising a child – to earn a credential that will lead to a career and economic mobility in today’s economy? Quite a lot, as it turns out: finding quality child care that is also affordable, pulling together resources to pay high tuition…

Omidyar Network: Why We Invested in Ascend

This blog is cross-posted from Omidyar Network’s publication, Positive Returns – visit the original post here. Photo credit to Kate Ruth Photo. “I want to show people that you shouldn’t be ashamed to get help, you should feel empowered — that it can be a beginning for you, for your dreams to flourish and grow.”  — Brittany Block, Parent…

Prestigious Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship Announces 2018 Class of Leaders

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute Tel: 202.721.5596 Lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org Prestigious Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship Announces 2018 Class of Leaders Diverse Leaders Selected for Their Groundbreaking Work Advancing Opportunity for Children and Families With Low Incomes Washington, DC, September 6, 2018 – The Aspen Institute announced today the 2018 class of Aspen…