About the Ascend Network

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a catalyst for using and amplifying two-generation (2Gen) approaches that build family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives together. Through the work and innovation within communities, the Ascend Network collects research and case studies, builds partnerships, and scales ideas in order to spread reach and deepen impact for families. This community enables access to peer guidance and best practice knowledge sharing, co-designing and technical assistance from Ascend, strategic convenings and networking, as well as thought leadership amplification

Hear how Ascend Network partners apply the 2Gen approach in their communities.

The Ascend Network’s History

The Ascend Network launched in 2014 with 58 inaugural partners, spurring significant shifts in the family well-being field and influencing 2Gen policy and practice changes. The Ascend Network has grown steadily to more than 450 partners in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Ireland.

The Ascend Network’s RESOURCES

In collaboration with Ascend Network partners, we have developed more than 300 resources, tools, and case studies to operationalize and improve 2Gen approaches throughout the country and across sectors.

Join the Ascend Network

Becoming a member of the Ascend Network provides a special opportunity to learn from and collaborate with others around the country who are committed to identifying, developing, and implementing 2Gen approaches. If you are interested in becoming a Network Partner, please send an email to sariah.toze@aspeninstitute.org for more information.

There are no fees associated with participating in the Network. To enable peer learning and growth, Ascend requests Partners send tools, resources, products, and templates developed as part of their 2Gen work in order to share with the Network and move the 2Gen field forward.

Being part of the Ascend Network has allowed us to be part of a national network that is learning and growing together. We have been able to discuss challenges with other organizations, such as how to define 2Gen outcomes and we have also been able to present together to other organizations.

Ena Yasuhara Li

United Way of the Bay Area

For us the greatest impact is the intentionality that we now bring to everything we do. By looking at everything, whether it’s a scholarship, it’s our grants that we do, we are looking at how does this impact both children, students, and their family. That intentionality has really been a breakthrough on how we look at our work.

Roxie Jerde

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Being part of the Ascend Network has really helped us push our innovation to the next level.

Jeanette Pai-Espinosa

The National Crittenton Foundation

Contact the Ascend team

If you would like to learn more about the Ascend Network, please contact our Director of 2Gen Practice, Sarah Haight (sarah.haight@aspeninstitute.org), or our Program Associate, Sariah Toze (sariah.toze@aspeninstitute.org).

Stories from the Ascend Network