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Two Generations, One Future – Right Approach, for Right Reason, We are Ready


As the Biden Administration and other policy leaders seek our counsel about the best way to build back better for children post-pandemic, let’s back what we know works: 2Gen approaches that support children TOGETHER with their parents and caregivers.

My Turn: Family prosperity


Black History Month is a time for celebration and an intentional moment to pay tribute to generations of Black Americans who have contributed to our society. It is also a time to look inward, asking if the work that we are doing today helps to further advance Black communities, or if it instead stifles. Is what we are doing enough to break through rigid obstacles and nurture an environment that truly gives space for families and individuals to meet their full promise and live their values; and in turn, have communities thrive?

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…