2023 Ascend Fellows
Ascend Impact & Inspiration Report

20 leaders transforming systems so that all children and families can thrive

Hear inspiring conversations from Dreamers and Doers across the country.

Reimagining Child Welfare
Reimagine Child Welfare

This interactive report interrogates the systems, practices, and policies that contribute to disparities and poor outcomes for children, families, and communities.

PSP Leadership Playbook
Tapping the Talents of Student Parents

Our interactive playbook identifies five promising strategies that higher education institutions can implement to support the unique needs of student parents.

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Ascend At The Aspen Institute

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a catalyst and convener for diverse leaders working across systems and sectors to build intergenerational family prosperity and well-being by intentionally focusing on children and the adults in their lives together. We believe in the power of co-creation. We are a community of leaders — well-connected, well-prepared, and well-positioned — building the political will that transforms hearts, minds, policies, and practices.

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

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

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.

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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Ascend Convenings

Location: Virtual
Join Marjorie Sims on Monday, 5/13 for a book talk with Elissa Strauss and Josephine Kalipeni as they discuss the power of caring for others and the role our policies and systems have to address the cultural roots of the caregiving crisis.
ConveningMay 13, 2024
– May 13, 2024
Location: Virtual or Aspen Institute Headquarters: 2300 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20037
Join us to honor Dr. King’s dream of a world free from racial and economic injustice. This conversation between the Reverend Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and best-selling author Jonathan Eig is the first in a new series, hosted by Anne Mosle, VP...
ConveningJanuary 11, 2024
– January 11, 2024
Location: Zoom
To build capacity and evidence for two-generation (2Gen) approaches, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) sponsored the Next Steps for Rigorous Research on Two-Generation...
ConveningOctober 26, 2023

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