Announcing 2021 Ascend Fellows

19 leaders with vision, positional power, and unity of purpose to change the trajectory of children and families.


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

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.

Ascend at the Aspen institute


Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a catalyst and convener for systems, policy, and social impact leaders who are working to create a world where every family passes a legacy of economic and educational success and well-being from one generation to the next. We serve as the hub for two-generation (2Gen) solutions and an amplifier of innovations that create pathways to economic mobility.

From the Ascend Blog

8 Principles for Engaging and Centering Parent Voices

8 Principles for Engaging and Centering Parent Voices

The following text is adapted from "The State of the Field: Two-Generation Approaches to Family Well-Being." The full report is linked here.Two-generation approaches (2Gen) meaningfully engage and listen to families as equal partners in setting and achieving family...

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Bringing Fathers Into Focus for Child & Family Well-Being

Bringing Fathers Into Focus for Child & Family Well-Being

As we reimagine public systems and services to work better for families, we have an opportunity to do so in a way that honors the full diversity of family structures, as families themselves define them, and builds upon families’ inherent resilience. This requires an...

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Upcoming Events


#AscendTogether Future Builders:
Leaders Meeting the Moment

AscendTogether is a live monthly webcast featuring conversations with Ascend partners as we delve into stories and policy solutions for creating more equitable pathways for families.

During this conversation, we’ll hear from three Ascend Fellows on their strategies for pushing for change and centering equity in their work.

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OCT 4-7

Leadership Impact Forum

This annual convening of Ascend Fellows will explore bold ideas and powerful stories that demonstrate how equity-driven leadership can strengthen the well-being of families, communities, and the country.

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