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…

Impact Series: Goodwill’s 2Gen High Schools Lead to Increased Wages


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.  According to the Census Bureau, 32 million adults in the U.S. currently lack a high school diploma, with those who are parents having 10 million children. The Excel Center, operated…

Announcing: 2019-20 Ascend Impact Series


We are proud to announce the Ascend 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.  These stories and quantitative proof points will contribute to the growing 2Gen evidence base, including recent research on CAP Tulsa, which found that the 2Gen program CareerAdvance® reduces chronic absence among…

Survey: Americans increasingly support two-generation programs for families


According to 2018 election eve survey research by Lake Research Partners, two-generation programs have seen increasing public support since 2012 across party lines. In the most recent survey, 86 percent of Americans believe that if we want to make sure children from families with low incomes are successful in their early learning, then we also…