Two Generations. One Future.

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. Ascend takes a two-generation approach to our work – focusing on children and their parents together – and we bring a gender and racial equity lens to our analysis.

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Tune In To Ascend’s Student Parent Podcast: 1 in 5!


The experiences of students who are parents should not be unfamiliar or unheard especially on college campuses. They’re in classrooms and clubs, working jobs and managing finances just like their peers. In fact, 22 percent or 1 in 5 undergraduates are parents. So why don’t we know more about this so-called “invisible population?”     Ascend at the Aspen Institute and production company Lantigua Williams & Co. sought to answer…

The 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prizes (Due: 2/26/21)


Ascend is pleased to announce the launch of the 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prize (due 2/26)! In October, as part of 2Gen Level Up Week, we announced the 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prize that challenges organizations to use the resources released during 2Gen Level Up Week to advance their organization’s two-generation work. About the…

The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right

With eyes wide open and steady resolve, the importance of leadership, courage, and conviction can’t be understated. We need leaders to pull us into a post-pandemic world, crack the walls of systemic racism so they come crashing down, and build a society that collaborates to create opportunity for those often blocked from it. Reimagining a…

Investing in Futures Means Investing in Families: Announcing the Two-Generation Prenatal to Three Learning and Action Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has made more evident than ever the need to transform policies, practice, and systems to build upon the inherent resilience of families – especially those with low incomes and from BIPOC communities. The challenge and opportunity to rebuild systems and help families recover is why Ascend launched the Two-Generation Prenatal to Three…