The Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative is a partnership with Imaginable Futures (formerly Omidyar Network) to raise awareness of and share recommendations to better support students who are parents.

This initiative is guided by Ascend’s comprehensive 2Gen approach that supports children and their parents simultaneously to move the whole family toward educational success and economic security. This initiative and its progress is driven by a group of 11 Parent Advisors.


Parent Advisors

The 2020 – 2021 Parent Advisors are a group of 11 students who are parents who share the challenges they face navigating their postsecondary journey with children. They attend two to four-year institutions and workforce development programs. They are experts who share their experiences, insights, and ideas to improve policies and programs.

National Advisors

The 2020 – 2021 National Advisors make up a group of 23 leaders moving the needle on transformational supports and partnerships with student parents. They come from higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations and provide guidance on strategies and recommendations to guide the PSP initiative and its progress.

Postsecondary Leadership Circle

This prestigious group of college and university leaders implement best practice policies and programs that advance student parent success across the country. Members of the Leadership Circle spearhead innovative practices and family-friendly strategies on their campuses to provide concrete pathways, like on-campus child care and mental health services, for parenting students to achieve their educational goals.

Partners & Projects

Policy Acceleration Partnership Grantees

Six public entities – representing various cities, counties, and states – work as strategic partners and field innovators to increase the economic mobility and well-being of student parents and their families.

These partnerships ensure that policies and systems lead parents to credentials and careers that provide living wages, access to opportunities for professional advancement, and continued learning in sectors with high growth and demand.

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Parent-Powered Solutions Fund

Six organizations were selected as part of the first student parent-led fund dedicated to advancing the work of organizations and initiatives that support student parents’ postsecondary success. The inaugural awardees are pursuing a host of issues – from creating student parent advisory councils and offering mental health counseling supports to providing emergency financial resources and compensating parents for their expertise. They each develop programs that support student parents in completing postsecondary programs.
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