Convening on Two-Generation State and Local Policies


On July 23 – 24, 2012, in Austin, Texas, Ascend co-hosted the third in its series on Two-Generation Strategies, "Convening on Two-Generation State and Local Policies," which followed the October 2011 roundtable, “Two-Generation Strategies in Education.” Developed in partnership with the Ray Marshall Center for Human Resources at The LBJ School of Public Affairs (University of…

Two-Generation Strategies in Education: A Roundtable


On October 14, 2011, Ascend hosted the second in its roundtable series on Two-Generation Strategies, "Two-Generation Strategies in Education," which followed the program's launch in March 2011. Developed in partnership with the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) and the Ray Marshall Center for Human Resources (RMC) at The LBJ School of Public Affairs (University of…

Two Generations, One Future: A Roundtable


On March 29th, Ascend hosted its first Roundtable at the Aspen Institute, welcoming field innovators, philanthropists, and leading researchers to breakthrough ideas and proven strategies for moving parents, especially women, and their children beyond poverty.  The Roundtable was an opportunity to address and discuss a powerful way to move vulnerable families beyond poverty, which is…

A Big Idea for 2012: Two-Generation Approaches


Welcome to the new Ascend website, a virtual hub for leaders working on solutions and innovations to move families toward economic mobility.  Ascend at the Aspen Institute is based on a simple but powerful idea: two-generation approaches, which focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of parents and children together, hold great promise and…

The Ascend Fellowship Launches


On February 15th, 2012, Ascend at the Aspen Institute launched its inaugural class of Ascend Fellows.  The 2012-2013 class of Ascend Fellows is comprised of 20 dynamic leaders from across public, private, and nonprofit sectors who are driving innovative ideas and proven strategies that help families achieve educational success and economic security.  Watch Ascend Fellows…