Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative

Announcing: Ascend and JED’s Mental Health Partnership for Student Parents


Contact: Alexis Williams Ascend at the Aspen Institute alexis.williams@aspeninstitute.org   Ascend at the Aspen Institute and The Jed Foundation Announce Partnership To Develop a Mental Health Framework Focused on Students who are Parents Based on results from a literature review released today, leaders will develop evidence-based resources and expert-informed recommendations to address the mental health…

Hear How Single Moms are Thriving in College


Postsecondary education and employment pathways are core components of the two-generation (2Gen) approach. This commitment to educational success and economic security is of the utmost importance to single mothers pursuing a postsecondary degree or workforce credential to create a better future for themselves and their children. These topics are explored in Roadtrip Nation’s (RTN) documentary…

Building a Packet for Success


This op-ed was published on October 28, 2020 by Higher Learning Advocates. Back to school shopping should be an exciting time for many children and parents. Yet, for families that have to decide between a pack of binders or a pack of diapers for the week, it can be an extremely stressful time. COVID-19 has changed…

Aspen Institute Announces First-Ever Parent Powered Solutions Fund Grantees


Contact: Alexis Williams Ascend at the Aspen Institute Alexis.Williams@aspeninstitute.org   Aspen Institute Announces First-Ever Parent Powered Solutions Fund Awardees  Parent Leaders Select Six Organizations Championing College Success for  Undergraduate Students Raising Children  Washington, DC – Today, Ascend at the Aspen Institute announced the recipients of the Aspen Parent Powered Solutions Fund – the first student parent-led fund dedicated to advancing the work of organizations and initiatives that support…

While Going Remote, Colleges Forgot That Many Students Are Also Parents


This op-ed was published on September 3, 2020 by The Aspen Institute as a follow up to Yoslin Amaya Hernandez’s story from April 21, 2020. We thought this would all be over by summer. But with spring in the rearview mirror, it became clear that the warmer months would hardly bring respite. We were staring down a tunnel…

RFP Submission Guidelines for the Aspen Policy Acceleration Partnership Grants 


Investing in the postsecondary success of students who are parents is one of the most effective strategies for accelerating their economic and social mobility, addressing longstanding inequalities, and building state and local economies. Public sector agencies and their partners can build supportive pathways for student parents toward meaningful degrees and credentials that lead to careers with better pay and benefits.  …