1L of a Year


In the fall of 2019, I began my first year of law school as a single mother in a new state living in hotels with my son. Now, we are stuck at home hiding from a pandemic. We have effectively gone from houseless to only staying at home. In this blog, I want to share with…

WEBINAR: Parent Voice During COVID-19: Maintaining Feedback Loops


As the hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security, Ascend is intensifying its efforts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to highlight 2Gen solutions that Ascend Fellows and the Ascend Network have developed over the past decade to help families reach their potential. Ascend is examining how new solutions,…

WEBINAR: Supporting Student Parent Families in a Time of Crisis


As the hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security, Ascend is intensifying its efforts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to highlight 2Gen solutions that Ascend Fellows and the Ascend Network have developed over the past decade to help families reach their potential. Ascend is examining how new solutions,…

STUDENT VOICE: A working parent in college takes on remote learning for himself and his kids, says ‘something has to give’


This op-ed by Ariel Ventura-Lazo, an Ascend Parent Advisor for the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative and a Generation Hope Scholar, was published on March 30, 2020 by The Hechinger Report. I am busy. Under normal circumstances. As a parent, college student and program adviser, I work and attend class — while also coordinating drop-offs, pick-ups, bedtime…

One Student Parent Shares the Impact of the Crisis


This op-ed by Lesley Del Rio, an Ascend Parent Advisor for the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative, was published on April 9, 2020 by Imaginable Futures, an Ascend Network Partner. Life as we know it has been turned upside down. As a student parent, I am working on my associate degree while being a…

WEBINAR: State Opportunities and Challenges in Advancing Child Care Innovation


As the hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security, Ascend is intensifying its efforts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to highlight 2Gen solutions that Ascend Fellows and the Ascend Network have developed over the past decade to help families reach their potential. Ascend is examining how new solutions,…