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Ascend is pleased to announce the six winning organizations of the 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prize. In October, as part of 2Gen Level Up Week, we announced the 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prize that challenged organizations to use the resources released during 2Gen Level Up Week to advance two-generation work. About the 2Gen Level Up …

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BlogJanuary 25, 2021
This fall, Ascend at the Aspen Institute launched the Parents’ Voices 2020 Project, the next step in our longstanding effort to cut through the national noise and ask parents directly for their hopes, dreams, challenges, and solutions. With a strategic and intentional focus on racial and gender equity, and an expanded definition of family structures, …

Parents’ Voices 2020: Focus Group Findings Read More »

BlogDecember 1, 2020
Social capital is the “secret sauce” of the two-generation (2Gen) approach. It manifests itself as increased peer support and a sense of community; connections to family, friends, and neighbors; participation in community and faith-based organizations; school and workplace outreach; leadership and professional development programs; engagement with case managers or career coaches; and other social networks …

The Secret Sauce: Strategies to Include Social Capital in Human Services Read More »

BlogNovember 10, 2020
We are so excited that you are joining us throughout the week for 2Gen Level Up, a time of connecting and inspiring our boldest thinking yet on how to serve families in this time of acute crisis and opportunity. As you know, Ascend is publishing a new 2Gen resource every day (check out today’s resources, case …

Announcing: The 2Gen Level Up Prizes + Happy Hour Read More »

BlogOctober 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the 2Gen field. The economic impact has dramatically increased demand on all family-supportive programs, while they are simultaneously grappling with the challenge of providing services remotely. The times are calling on us to do more for our families, but we believe we can use this as an opportunity to lean …

2Gen Level Up Week Kicks Off! Join the conversation  Read More »

BlogOctober 25, 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic may restrict us from convening together in person, that shouldn’t stop us from holding powerful conversations about the future of 2Gen work. Next week, Ascend will bring together some of our field’s boldest and brightest leaders for 2Gen Level Up Week, a series of dynamic online conversations on how we can …

Join us next week to level up your work with families  Read More »

BlogOctober 23, 2020