Aspen ThinkXChange 2019 Round-up: Materials and Videos


With family voices at the center, Ascend brought together leaders from across key issues and sectors at the Aspen ThinkXChange 2019: Advancing Family Prosperity on October 15-18 in Aspen, Colorado, to share bold ideas, generate new strategies, and identify critical partnerships to move families toward opportunity in the decade ahead. The convening highlighted inherent strengths of families with…

WEBINAR: Framing 2Gen Approaches to Supporting Families


Have you ever felt that two-generation (2Gen) approaches to building family well-being should be a no-brainer, but that key audiences don’t quite “get it?” You’re not alone.   In this webinar, FrameWorks Institute Senior Advisor, Julie Sweetland shared recommendations for making a major frame shift – from a narrow focus on service delivery to a…

New Framing Playbook: How to Talk About Two-Generation Approaches to Supporting Families


Have you ever felt that two-generation (2Gen) approaches to building family wellbeing should be a no-brainer, but that key audiences don’t quite “get it”? You’re not alone.   To pinpoint the communications challenges that come with 2Gen territory, analysts at the FrameWorks Institute compared what we say to how Americans think, identifying places where there’s…

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


This blog is part of Ascend’s Impact Series: 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 parents…

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…