2Gen Level Up Week: Recap and highlights

Sariah Toze | October 30, 2020 |

What a week it has been! From live parent conversations, to story slams, to Twitter chats, we have learned so much from the Ascend Network on how you’re all navigating these times – and more importantly, leveling up your work in such amazing ways.

We’ve also been thrilled to release our new resources for the 2Gen field, all of which you can find here. Two-generation approaches that build family well-being is a mindset – it’s a set of principles. But under that big umbrella, there are a lot of moving pieces. These resources can help practitioners go from big ideas to immediate challenges. We’ve seen it firsthand: transformative approaches for families truly work. These practical, tangible resources will help you get there. For example, the Whole Family Guide, created by the Women’s Funding Network and Ascend, offers tools and resources to address the family as a whole system and meeting their individual needs simultaneously, through multigenerational programming and policies.

We believe in this so deeply that we’re thrilled to be giving away #2Gen Level Up Prizes — totaling $30K in financial resources to the field – to go to those organizations that can best demonstrate how they implemented our new resources into their work. (If you want to learn more live, it’s not too late to register for our happy hour today at 4 pm ET!)

Here are a few other highlights from the conversation: 

Our conversation between parents Amber Angel and Drayton Jackson was a big highlight of the week, you can check it out here: 

What’s even better? Drayton’s daughter gave him some Twitter love before his talk, showing up in true 2Gen style: 

We also loved how our Twitter chat with Network Partners sparked others to join in the conversation: 

And some really key points made by our participants: 

Our 2Gen approach for human services sparked others to share how they’re using these principles in their own work (and scaling up): 

On the topic of scaling up, we still have one more event today! Read the advice we curated by four leaders in the field for practitioners thinking about scaling up their work on a community, statewide, or even national level. 

We have learned so much from our community, and hope you have too. But let’s not let the conversation end here – keep using the #2GenLevelsUp hashtag, use the tools, apply for the prizes (stay tuned for the application process!). Let’s continue to level up our work with families as we dive headlong into the future.  

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