Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative

WEBINAR: Postsecondary Success for Justice-Involved Individuals


The REAL Act was reintroduced in the House in April of this year, signaling a renewed interest in the postsecondary success of all members of society. In May, Ascend released two publications: the Father Factor: A Critical Link in Building Family Prosperity and a Parents in College: By the Numbers fact sheet. The brief unpacked questions like: What situations and…

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Candidates, Listen to Families: Three Recommendations from a Parent


I am a teacher, a student, a mother, and an advisor. I also grew up in poverty. When I joined a two-generation program called JeffCo Prosperity Project (JPP) that supports children from Head Start to graduation, I did it to help other families – but ended up finding myself in the process. I was asked…

New Fact Sheet and Mental Health Brief: Understanding and Supporting Student Parents


With 22 percent of the undergraduate student population comprised of parents with children, policymakers and institutions must explore the unique needs of this population and address the challenges that may prevent parents from attaining their degree. This includes determining what systems, services, and approaches best support their mental health needs. As part of the Aspen Postsecondary…

Social Capital Leads to Postsecondary Innovation


A “Basic Principles of Business Administration” textbook open on the table, a curious toddler – with a newfound interest in insects – in her lap, and a community of Parent Advisors supporting her education goals. This was the pathway to postsecondary inclusion and success envisioned by Ascend with the launch of the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative on November 1, 2018: students who are parents supported…

Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative

WEBINAR: Achieving Postsecondary Success for Parents: A New Partnership and Report Recommendations


Parents know what researchers have documented: Education, especially postsecondary education, is the most promising path for families toward this economic stability because it can lead to jobs and careers with living wages to support their families and make their children’s lives better. After announcing a new partnership with Omidyar Network and two reports that lift…

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Omidyar Network: Why We Invested in Ascend


This blog is cross-posted from Omidyar Network’s publication, Positive Returns – visit the original post here. Photo credit to Kate Ruth Photo. “I want to show people that you shouldn’t be ashamed to get help, you should feel empowered — that it can be a beginning for you, for your dreams to flourish and grow.”  — Brittany Block, Parent…