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Building Better Futures for Families Affected by Re-Entry – Two Generations at a Time


Tweet to @feedingfaith At College and Community Fellowship, formerly incarcerated mothers and their children are served together. It’s probably safe to say that all of us, even those who live in the most marginalized communities, expect social advancement from one generation to the next.  We want our children to be more educated, earn more money,…

A Big Idea for 2012: Two-Generation Approaches


Welcome to the new Ascend website, a virtual hub for leaders working on solutions and innovations to move families toward economic mobility.  Ascend at the Aspen Institute is based on a simple but powerful idea: two-generation approaches, which focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of parents and children together, hold great promise and…

Ideas Into Action: The 2012 Assets Learning Conference


Tweet to @alevere Grounded in core values like boldness, creativity and determination, Ascend is founded on the belief that a country in which millions of families are living in poverty is neither equitable nor sustainable. Recognizing the power of collaboration as a vehicle for putting promising ideas into meaningful action, the Ascend Fellowship convenes a…

Social Capital and the American Dream


Tweet to @miabirdsong The Hilaire family secured a $5,000 loan through FII to open A Sweet Place candy store in Boston. This supplemented the social and financial investment of their family and friends.   This country has a rich history of people—connected by history, culture, or common values—working together to improve their lives and the…