Drayton Jackson is the father of six daughters and two sons and currently resides with his wife in Kitsap County, Washington. He’s the founder of the Family Day Foundation, which takes a two-generation approach to provide families with low incomes or that are experiencing homelessness an opportunity to attend family-oriented events that they otherwise could not afford.
After growing up in poverty and more than a decade of living in homelessness in New York City and Washington state, Drayton uses his story to uplift those who are going through the same struggles he had.
In November of 2019, Drayton was elected to serve on the Central Kitsap School District Board of Directors. He is the first African American person to serve in that position for the school district.
Currently, Drayton sits as vice-chair of the Steering Committee for Governor Jay Inslee’s Poverty Reduction Workgroup in Washington state under the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Prior to this role, Drayton served as vice-chair of the Head Start Association’s parent-run Policy Council and was chosen to be a Parent Ambassador with the Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP).
NOTE: This episode contains a reference to suicide.
Family Day Foundation – The Family Day Foundation takes a two generation approach to provide families with low incomes, or that are experiencing homelessness, an opportunity to attend family oriented events that they otherwise couldn’t afford in the Bremerton, Washington area.
Headstart is a national program that helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs.
Today, Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) announced that 11 new Parent Advisors have joined its Postsecondary Success for Parents initiative (PSP) to help shape Ascend’s expanded agenda to improve higher education policy and practice for student parents.
More than half of the nearly 4 million student parents in the U.S. are students of color, with Black, Native, and Latino students among the most likely to be raising children while in college. In fact, one-third of all Black college students in the U.S. are parents. When higher education is not designed with parents …
Today, the Aspen Institute announced its 2022 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, 22 leaders from across the United States who are primed to transform systems so that our youngest children and families can thrive.
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Poverty is the result of poor policy choices. These choices reflect our national values and decide who deserves access to opportunity to achieve their dreams and who does not. This flawed mindset has led to persistent inequities and a hollowing of our shared humanity. Change is possible. The choice is ours.
Student parents are a key population - one that represents over 20 percent of the postsecondary student population and the state of California. How can the state’s systems prepare for this key population?
It took me many years as a professional in the world of higher education before I had a personal epiphany: for me and my family, our academic success as student parents was not only a two-generation (2Gen) strategy that uplifted me and my children, it was a four-generation strategy that set up our family’s success for generations to come.
Ascend at the Aspen Institute and The Jed Foundation Release a New Mental Health Framework with Recommendations for Supporting the Mental Health of Students Who Are Parents Washington, DC – A new study released today by Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) and The Jed Foundation (JED) finds that more than two in five (43 percent) …