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Can a Guaranteed Income Pilot Advance a Method of Policymaking That Affirms Human Dignity?


Springboard [to Opportunities] works directly with families who live in federally subsidized affordable housing. Our goal is to help these families reach their dreams in life, school, and work. As an organization, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are radically resident driven. What that means is that we work alongside our families, trusting…

Meeting Parents Where They Dream: Critical Voices and Lived Experiences


At the second Aspen Forum on Children and Families last month we brought together national leaders – policymakers, practitioners, researchers, philanthropists and parents – to surface big ideas for investing in the full potential of children and families, two generations at a time. Centering parents’ and caregivers’ perspectives is vital to Ascend and our work with…

All Together Now: Working for Families in 2019


With historic demographic shifts in Congress this year, there is even more momentum to address broken policies that can improve the lives of families across our nation. The Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community (Family Prosperity) is bringing policy, practice, philanthropy, research, and private sector leaders together to capitalize on the energy and opportunities materializing at the…

Women Leadership Fuels Prosperity for Families


As a state senator and Campaign Advisor for Family Values @ Work, a national network of state-based coalitions fighting for paid leave, I often think about the power of women organizing as activists and as legislators. In my seven years in office, I have seen how having women in leadership positions leads to policies that…

Why We Need Adult High Schools: 3 Takeaways from the Excel Center National Conference


Goodwill Industries of Central and Southern Indiana is an Ascend Network Partner and an innovator in two-generation approaches. Learn more about the 2Gen partnership, led by Ascend Fellow Betsy Delgado, between Goodwill, its Excel Center, and Nurse-Family Partnership. The Excel Center National Conference is a convening of Goodwill and Excel Center leadership to exchange lessons and accelerate…

Moving Families Toward Opportunity, Two Generations at a Time


As state and federal lawmakers prepare for the year ahead, more than 350 practice and community leaders, policymakers, researchers, and philanthropists – including Ascend Fellows, Family Prosperity Innovators, and Ascend Network Partners – joined us at the 2019 Aspen Forum on Children and Families to harness this momentum for investing in the full potential of children and families, two generations at a time.