WEBINAR: Success in Workforce Programs for Parents


For the parents who make up nearly one-third of the U.S. civilian workforce, accessing quality jobs and increasing their economic mobility is critical to ensuring all families thrive. There are several types of investments in workforce and workforce development programs aimed at helping workers obtain the skills needed to secure quality jobs. However, these supports often fail to…

Impact Series: Agape’s Thrive by Five Program Enhances Children’s Conversation Skills in Preparation for Kindergarten


This blog is part of Ascend’s Impact Series: stories and stats that illustrate the powerful, tangible impact a two-generation (2Gen) approach can have in building prosperity and opportunity for families.  Talking with babies and infants can feel one-sided for many parents. But according to Agape Child and Family Services (Agape), conversations with young children are proven pathways…

New Brief: Success in Workforce Programs for Parents


Parents bring different motivations, conditions, and requirements into the workforce development equation. To best serve them, these fundamental differences and needs must be taken into consideration. Parents’ voices are essential to developing systems and services that are flexible and meet a variety of needs. A fundamental, baseline condition for providing optimal supports and a maximum…

An IT Company Creates Strategic Partnership with Two-Generation Organization


Evans & Chambers Technology (EC) is all about solutions. The Washington, D.C.-based information technology firm founded in 2003 develops software for government and commercial enterprises. However, in 2018, several years after EC opened its new office in the historic Shaw neighborhood in 2015, office manager Alice Swan realized the company needed to address an issue.…

New Toolkit Offers Tips on Designing a 2Gen Convening


Two-generation (2Gen) convenings have the potential to create change for whole systems and the lives of the families they serve. This planning guide is the first step. Having planned and supported more than 100 2Gen convenings, Ascend has cultivated a depth of knowledge for the practical elements and nuanced factors that result in successful convenings.…