Ascend is proud to host the major initiatives below, and shares deepest thanks to the partners who support these projects.

FAMILY PROSPERITY

The Aspen Family Prosperity Initiative is a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop breakthrough innovations and partnerships that strengthen parents’ and families’ access to employment opportunities, economic prosperity, and health and well-being.

This initiative is guided by Ascend’s comprehensive 2Gen approach that supports children and their parents simultaneously to move the whole family toward well-being and economic security. This initiative and its progress is driven by a cohort of 20 Innovation Community members and 14 Advisors.

POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS FOR PARENTS

The Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative is a partnership with Imaginable Futures (formerly Omidyar Network) to raise awareness of and share recommendations to better support students who are parents.

This initiative is guided by Ascend’s comprehensive 2Gen approach that supports children and their parents simultaneously to move the whole family toward educational success and economic security. This initiative and its progress is driven by a group of 11 Parent Advisors.

ASPEN FORUM ON WOMEN AND GIRLS

The Aspen Forum on Women and Girls, convened by Ascend and the Aspen Global Innovators Group, lifts up promising ideas and leaders and builds on the strength of families to help women and girls in the U.S. and around the world move toward opportunity.

The Forum, launched in 2016, hosts a series of conversations and programs with diverse, creative, and provocative social justice leaders to advance women’s economic justice, political participation, civic engagement, and leadership.