Parent Voices at the Center


“I don’t just want to be a voice. I want to be part of the action.”  Ebony Beals, parent, business owner, Springboard to Opportunities participant  Parent Voices Parents, caregivers, and guardians are core to the development of their families’ success, and their access to resources and supports opens up the potential for their entire family to grow and thrive.Every family deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, but many families – particularly families…

Two Generations, One Future – Right Approach, for Right Reason, We are Ready


As the Biden Administration and other policy leaders seek our counsel about the best way to build back better for children post-pandemic, let’s back what we know works: 2Gen approaches that support children TOGETHER with their parents and caregivers.

My Turn: Family prosperity


Black History Month is a time for celebration and an intentional moment to pay tribute to generations of Black Americans who have contributed to our society. It is also a time to look inward, asking if the work that we are doing today helps to further advance Black communities, or if it instead stifles. Is what we are doing enough to break through rigid obstacles and nurture an environment that truly gives space for families and individuals to meet their full promise and live their values; and in turn, have communities thrive?

The 2Gen Level Up Prize Winners


Ascend is pleased to announce the six winning organizations of the 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prize. In October, as part of 2Gen Level Up Week, we announced the 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prize that challenged organizations to use the resources released during 2Gen Level Up Week to advance two-generation work. About the 2Gen Level Up…

Op-ed: Uncertainty is the Enemy of Prosperity


This op-ed, by Ascend’s Executive Director Anne Mosle, was published in The Hill on March 24, 2020. There’s a truth we’re all experiencing now: Uncertainty is the enemy of prosperity. Not knowing if and when we can get food for our families. Not knowing if or when we’ll go back to work. Not knowing when…

Supporting Social Impact in DC: A Conversation with Marjorie Sims and Billy Shore


Last week, Ascend Managing Director, Marjorie Sims, had the privilege of moderating an Aspen Institute roundtable conversation with Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. The conversation was part of a new initiative launched by Aspen Institute CEO, Dan Porterfield and co-led by Sims and Public Programs Vice President Jamie Miller focused on…