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Tune In To Ascend’s Student Parent Podcast: 1 in 5!


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. In fact, 22 percent or 1 in 5 undergraduates are parents. So why don’t we know more about this so-called “invisible population?”     Ascend at the Aspen Institute and production company Lantigua Williams & Co. sought to answer…

Centering Families in Policy Solutions in 2021 and Beyond: What Parents Know


In the last year, families have endured and adapted to myriad unknowns, and too often they’ve had to figure it out without basic support and resources. Yet, as new research conducted by Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) discovered, there is widespread support across political ideologies for solutions that…

The 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prizes (Due: 2/26/21)


Ascend is pleased to announce the launch of the 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prize (due 2/26)! In October, as part of 2Gen Level Up Week, we announced the 2Gen Level Up Competition & Prize that challenges organizations to use the resources released during 2Gen Level Up Week to advance their organization’s two-generation work. About the…

The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right


With eyes wide open and steady resolve, the importance of leadership, courage, and conviction can’t be understated. We need leaders to pull us into a post-pandemic world, crack the walls of systemic racism so they come crashing down, and build a society that collaborates to create opportunity for those often blocked from it. Reimagining a…

Four Outstanding Projects Selected for Ascend Impact Fund


Four outstanding organizations and partnerships have been selected to receive flexible grant funding to accelerate their work moving children and families with low incomes toward educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Ascend Impact Fund awardees are: Association of Children’s Museums and Center for Community Resilience Center for Urban Families, Early Childhood Innovation Network,…

Investing in Futures Means Investing in Families: Announcing the Two-Generation Prenatal to Three Learning and Action Community


The COVID-19 pandemic has made more evident than ever the need to transform policies, practice, and systems to build upon the inherent resilience of families – especially those with low incomes and from BIPOC communities. The challenge and opportunity to rebuild systems and help families recover is why Ascend launched the Two-Generation Prenatal to Three…