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Contact: Alexis Williams Ascend at the Aspen Institute   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 …

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BlogDecember 3, 2020
Contact: Alexis Williams Ascend at the Aspen Institute   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 …

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Aspen Postsecondary Success for ParentsOctober 22, 2020
Danielle Toussaint
Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute Ascend Welcomes Inaugural Morgridge Communicator in Residence  Washington, DC – Ascend at The Aspen Institute is thrilled to welcome the inaugural Morgridge Communicator in Residence, Danielle Kristine Toussaint. This strategic role was created in partnership with Morgridge Family Foundation and will amplify the stories, impact, influence, and …

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PressOctober 6, 2020
Aspen Autumn
Dear Ascend Community: Ascend is committed to the work of anti-racism. Seeing and experiencing week after week what Black people and families go through, and the threat of violence they are subjected to on a daily basis, is completely unacceptable and must end. We stand against this ongoing oppression and the white supremacy that breeds …

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BlogJune 3, 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020Contact: James WhiteAscend at the Aspen InstituteTel: Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Kresge Foundation Partner to Surface Innovations to More Effectively Engage Fathers for Family Prosperity Leaders will collaborate to develop a set of policy recommendations and best practices to strengthen the engagement of fathers for family economic mobility …

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BlogMarch 4, 2020
Thursday, February 6, 2020Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute Tel: 202.721.5596   New Experts Join Aspen Institute Initiative Advancing Postsecondary Success for Student Parents  Initiative kicks off accelerated second phase with new parent, policy, and practice leaders  Washington, DC – The Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative, a partnership between the Aspen Institute policy program Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Imaginable Futures, a venture of The Omidyar Group, and the ECMC Foundation is entering an accelerated second phase to improve outcomes for students who are …

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Aspen Postsecondary Success for ParentsFebruary 6, 2020