2022 Fellows
Introducing the 2022 Ascend Fellows

These 22 leaders are building equitable systems for our nation's youngest children and families to thrive.

ECD Report
Charting a new future for early childhood leadership

Download our new report Toward a More Equitable Tomorrow: A Landscape Analysis of Early Childhood Leadership.

Employer Principles
Four Employer Principles for Family Prosperity

Sign on for improving jobs for parents and caregivers.

SOTF Report
STATE OF THE FIELD

This landmark publication analyzes ten years of accomplishments from the two-generation (2Gen) field and presents opportunities to improve the future for families in America.

Student Parent Mental Health
Student Parent Mental Health

New original research illuminates the unique mental health barriers parenting students face and outlines eight recommendations for higher education institutions to improve outcomes for students and families.

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Ascend At The Aspen Institute

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a catalyst and convener for systems, policy, and social impact leaders working to create a society where every family passes a legacy of prosperity and well-being from one generation to the next. We co-create and elevate innovative two-generation (2Gen) approaches with families and partners to forge pathways to educational success and economic mobility for both children and the adults in their lives.

1 in 5 Podcast
1 in 5: The Student Parent Podcast

Today, more than one in five college students in the US are parents. The '1 in 5' podcast vividly profiles students who are parents pursuing their education while raising a family and working. Throughout the series, 15 student parents share their journeys raising a family, working, and navigating COVID-19 while pursuing a postsecondary degree. These experiences of students who are parents should not be unfamiliar or unheard, especially on college campuses.

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Employer Principles
Four Employer Principles for family prosperity

Comprehensive, integrated, and fair policies for workers are critical not only for parents, caregivers, and their children, but they’re essential for businesses and communities to thrive. Sign on to the principles to join the acknowledge the shared goal of achieving good jobs for all parents and caregivers, especially those with low incomes.

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National Network
National Ascend Network

The Ascend Network connects cross-sector organizations from across the country that are using the two-generation (2Gen) approach to create a society where all families can reach their full potential. These leaders, who are most proximate to communities and know families’ needs and potential, implement the 2Gen model at scale so parents and children can grow their talents and and skills.

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FROM THE ASCEND BLOG

Ascend Convenings

Date: September 7, 2022
Location: Virtual
Do you work at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) or Tribal Colleges and University (TCU) committed to supporting the success of student parents? Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s Black and Native Family Futures Fund is a new...
ConveningSeptember 7, 2022
Date: August 18, 2022
Location: Virtual
Do you work at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) or Tribal Colleges and University (TCU) committed to supporting the success of student parents? Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s Black and Native Family Futures Fund is a new...
ConveningAugust 18, 2022
Date: June 28, 2022
Location: St. Regis Hotel Courtyard (Aspen, CO) & Live Webcast (virtual)
Many places we look, we are stuck. Stuck in old ways and old thinking. We are burdened by zero-sum thinking and surrounded by the word ‘can’t.’ Our best way to get unstuck is to follow and stand with visionary leaders that don’t get...
ConveningJune 28, 2022

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