Webinar: Family Strengthening & Support as a 2Gen Platform


The Ascend Network hosted a webinar on September 7 on Family Strengthening & Support as a 2Gen Platform. This webinar highlighted perspectives from Ascend Network leadership at the national, state, and local levels on the standards of quality, 2Gen frameworks, and community partnerships engaged in family strengthening and support. Partners shared how they utilize 2Gen…

State 2Gen Leaders Come Together in Minnesota


On September 14, 2017, Ascend joined The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, State of Minnesota, City of Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Foundation, and Future Services Institute at the Minnesota 2Gen Summit to Reduce Poverty. The summit brought together 150 policymakers and philanthropic, state, and community leaders from across sectors to learn more about the 2Gen…

New Census Bureau Poverty Data


Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on income and poverty in the United States. The nation’s poverty rate fell to 12.7 percent in 2016 – nearly returning to the 2007 rate – and median household income increased by 3.2 percent from the previous year. While this news is encouraging, we still have a…

The ROI that Matters: Investing in Kids and Families to Build a New Economy


  Photos by Dan Bayer, The Aspen Institute This year at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Ascend hosted a session with Jackie Bezos, president and CEO of the Bezos Family Foundation, and Nobel Memorial Prize Winner in Economics Dr. James Heckman titled The ROI that Matters: Investing in Kids and Families to Build a New Economy. …

The New Mental Health Models: Stress-Reduction and Beyond


On Friday, July 14, a group of 18 thought leaders and experts came together for a strategic conversation at the Aspen Institute’s Washington office on recent research and on-the-ground interventions regarding mental health supports and interventions for families with low incomes. The Ascend Strategic Conversation on Maternal Depression and Positive Parenting is part of an…

Announcing Roxane White as New Morgridge Innovator in Residence


Washington, DC, July 18, 2017 – The Aspen Institute announced Roxane White as its first Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator in Residence beginning in September 2017. The Innovator in Residence is a new program at Ascend at the Aspen Institute to expand the conversation around solutions for families with low incomes and advance systemic shifts and new ideas to serve children and their families more effectively.