In Their Own Words: Engaging Parents as Messengers of the 2Gen Movement


In July, Ascend held the second in a series of Masterclass Webinars for our national Network. The webinar, “In Their Own Words: Engaging Parents as Messengers of the 2Gen Movement,” featured Ascend Network Partners and parents who spoke to the importance of integrating family voice into program and policy development, and strategies for engaging and…

Statement on Immigrant Family Separation


The United States was founded on the aspirational vision of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” Today, it is more important than ever to keep our eyes wide open and reconcile our deeply flawed history of slavery, genocide, and gender inequity with the freedom and opportunities the Constitution set forth for all people. There is…

New Ascend Report Offers Blueprint for State Leaders Fighting Poverty


As prospects seem to diminish for the next generation being better off than the current one, it is essential to elevate the successful work being done to address intergenerational poverty and create a path of opportunity. Two-generation (2Gen) policies have advanced greatly over the past decade, resulting in positive outcomes for families. 2Gen approaches embrace…

New Aspen Institute Report Highlights Two-Generation Success Stories


For Immediate Release Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute Tel: 202.721.5596 lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org   New Aspen Institute Report Highlights Two-Generation Success Stories 8 States Lead the Way In Moving Children and Parents To A Path Out of Poverty Washington, DC – Ascend at the Aspen Institute today released a new report – States Leading…

Webinar: 2Gen and Housing Authorities: Tapping a Powerful Platform


Ascend held a national webinar on Thursday, January 18 on 2Gen approaches and the power of housing authorities to support whole families. Experts and Ascend Network Partners Sue Popkin (Urban Institute) and Mary Howard (Chicago Housing Authority) share background on the historical role of housing authorities in advancing holistic solutions for families, and the opportunity…

Welcome to the Aspen Institute’s New President-Elect!


The Aspen Institute Board of Trustees named Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., as the organization’s next president and CEO. Dan is president of Franklin & Marshall College. Dan Porterfield is an innovative, strategic thinker. He brings to the position an intellectual depth, a commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and an ability to lead a complex, mission-driven…