Impact Series: LA Valley College’s Family Resource Center Boosts Student Parent Success


This blog is part of Ascend’s Impact Series: monthly stories and stats that illustrate the powerful, tangible impact a two-generation (2Gen) approach can have in building prosperity and opportunity for families.  The Family Resource Center (FRC) at Los Angeles Valley College is a model two-generation (2Gen) strategy. FRC advances social and economic mobility for students who are…

Paid Family and Medical Leave: An Opportunity to Advance Racial Equity


As a result of the reintroduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act at the beginning of this year and the passage of related legislation at the state level, paid family and medical leave is back in the spotlight. And while the issue is often viewed as an opportunity to advance economic and…

Candidates, Listen to Families: Three Recommendations from a Parent


I am a teacher, a student, a mother, and an advisor. I also grew up in poverty. When I joined a two-generation program called JeffCo Prosperity Project (JPP) that supports children from Head Start to graduation, I did it to help other families – but ended up finding myself in the process. I was asked…

Supporting Fathers to Build Community Resilience


We began the Fatherhood panel by breathing. I closed my eyes and focused solely on the flow of my breath through my body. In, out, in, out. My mind centered on the present moment, ready to dive into a topic rooted deeply in the hearts of every person in the room. The breathing exercise led…

A Good Job Isn’t Just Any Job – Especially for Working Families


What makes a job a good job, or even a great one? Simply being employed is not enough; the health and caregiving priorities of employees and their families must be considered as part of an adequate employment strategy. A recent study across 21 industries identified three factors that working people around the world are looking…

Helping Working Families Succeed: Paid Leave in the Spotlight


Earlier this month, the House Ways and Means Committee held the first hearing this Congress on paid family and medical leave. As witnesses shared their testimony and legislators asked questions and made statements, it became clear that there is bipartisan support for ensuring working people should not have to choose between their family and a…