THE ASCEND BLOG

Washington, DC’s Two Generations, One Future Day

Washington, DC’s Two Generations, One Future Day

The inaugural Aspen Leadership Impact Forum brought Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows and philanthropic leaders who share a commitment to courageous leadership for children and families together with the inaugural cohort of SOARFellows, leaders working to expand opportunities for women and girls.

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Rebuild Right: Leadership for an Equitable Tomorrow

Rebuild Right: Leadership for an Equitable Tomorrow

The inaugural Aspen Leadership Impact Forum brought Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows and philanthropic leaders who share a commitment to courageous leadership for children and families together with the inaugural cohort of SOARFellows, leaders working to expand opportunities for women and girls.

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Epiphany from a Third Generation Student Parent

Epiphany from a Third Generation Student Parent

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.

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8 Principles for Engaging and Centering Parent Voices

8 Principles for Engaging and Centering Parent Voices

The following text is adapted from "The State of the Field: Two-Generation Approaches to Family Well-Being." The full report is linked here.Two-generation approaches (2Gen) meaningfully engage and listen to families as equal partners in setting and achieving family...

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Bringing Fathers Into Focus for Child & Family Well-Being

Bringing Fathers Into Focus for Child & Family Well-Being

As we reimagine public systems and services to work better for families, we have an opportunity to do so in a way that honors the full diversity of family structures, as families themselves define them, and builds upon families’ inherent resilience. This requires an...

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Scaling Family-Centered Child Abuse Prevention

Scaling Family-Centered Child Abuse Prevention

It’s a common story across the country. A parent living paycheck to paycheck, overloaded by stress, where just one setback can tip the balance. Without the supports that all families need – stable adequate housing, safe neighborhoods, affordable quality childcare,...

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