Announcing: The 2Gen Level Up Prizes + Happy Hour


We are so excited that you are joining us throughout the week for 2Gen Level Up, a time of connecting and inspiring our boldest thinking yet on how to serve families in this time of acute crisis and opportunity. As you know, Ascend is publishing a new 2Gen resource every day (check out today’s resources, case studies on 2Gen efforts in the District of Columbia and Maryland), and hosting various kinds of conversations about how to best integrate them into your existing work. We are so excited to see how you pull these levers for change within your own organizations, that we’ve decided to offer a little extra incentive: $5K prizes totaling $30K in financial resources to the field!

The 2Gen Level Up Prizes will go to those organizations that can best demonstrate how they implemented one of the six resources we’re releasing this week, with a special emphasis on really honoring parent voice and power. Stay tuned for the official application (don’t worry, it will be short and sweet) and keep this in mind as you take in all the richness of this week of learning and leveling up together.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Applicants have until January 15, 2021 to begin implementing the resource, and then share how it helped them “level up” their 2Gen approach via a Google form. (We will likely launch that form right around the first of the year.)
  • Each $5K prize will go to those organizations that can best demonstrate how they implemented each resource and plan to continue that effort for the long haul. Sustainability is key! And, of course, we are excited to see the impact on and honoring of real families.
  • We will announce and celebrate our winners in late January.

To connect on the resources, talk more about the prizes, and celebrate this work together, we invite you to join the Ascend team and our storytelling experts, Courtney Martin and Vanessa Valenti, for a 2Gen Level Up Week Happy Hour from 4pm – 5pm ET on Friday, October 30th. Sign up here. Let’s brainstorm as a community!