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Family Futures Downeast: Engaging and Centering Parent Voice


This blog is part of Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s 2Gen Level Up series. Ascend challenged organizations that work with and/or on behalf of children and families to apply one…

Ascend Stands in Solidarity With Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities


Dear Friends and Colleagues, Ascend at the Aspen Institute is outraged and deeply saddened by the tragic shooting in Atlanta, GA that took the lives of eight innocent people, including six Asian-American women, last week. Our hearts go out to the families…

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?

1 in 5 Student Parent Podcast

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


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…

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…