Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents
Contact: James White Ascend at the Aspen Institute James.White@aspeninstitute.org Aspen Institute Announces Policy Acceleration Partnerships Six public entities partnering with community organizations to advance professional success for students who are parents Washington, DC – Ascend at the Aspen Institute today announced recipients of the Aspen Policy Acceleration Partnerships – a new effort to support cities, …
Savannah Steiger is originally from the small town of Apalachicola, FL, but now lives in an even smaller town – Harrington, ME. She lives “off-grid,” in the woods with her husband and their two children.
Michaela Martin was born and raised in rural Oregon. Michaela is passionate about the economic and educational advancement of families and continues advocating to foster pathways of success for others.
Jesus Benitez works as the Mentor Coordinator for CUNY Fatherhood Academy focusing on helping young fathers pursue an HSE diploma and enroll in college with the understanding that earning a college degree is the most effective path toward providing long-term economic sustainability for themselves and their families. Jesus also works as an Educational Case Manager for the Center for Immigrant Education and Training (CIET) which supports immigrants with low incomes and their families in becoming lifelong learners and independent, contributing citizens of New York City.
Waukecha Wilkerson is a single mother of 13-year-old and 4-year-old sons and a 6-year-old daughter. She graduated from Coastline Community College in the Spring of 2020 with two associate degrees in psychology and social and behavioral science. She is a current student at Sacramento State University, pursuing a B.A. degree in psychology.
The 1 in 5 podcast vividly profiles students who are parents pursuing their education while raising a family and working. Today, more than one in five college students (22%) are parents. The experiences of students who are parents should not be unfamiliar or unheard, especially on college campuses. They’re in classrooms and clubs, working jobs and managing finances just like their peers.