Springboard seeks to not only support families during difficult times but also help inform policies and create new models of support. While there have been many articles, toolkits, and think pieces on social distancing and how to take care of oneself during the pandemic, almost all of these rely on middle-class frameworks that assume readers have space in their homes to spread out, access to technology, and a supportive social network to connect with. Many of these strategies rely on disposable incomes and disposable time, which are luxuries that those potentially working multiple “essential” jobs are unable to afford. Furthermore, they almost never address the important fact that the trauma most low-income families are facing during this pandemic is just one piece of a long line of traumas they have experienced due to racist, classist, and sexist systems in our country. As the organization attempts to operationalize family prosperity within the current reality of COVID-19, we want to ensure that trauma-informed, mental health support is an essential part of the conversation.

Stories featuring Springboard to Opportunities

Although Black women continue to make significant contributions to their families and society, including being the top breadwinners and the most educated demographic earning a postsecondary education, the road to economic recovery and well-being is still further from their reach than their counterparts.
BlogMarch 16, 2022
Image caption: Ascend Fellows at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 2018. Pictured left to right: Ann Kalass, Darius Tandon, Kirsten Lodal, Lori Severens, John Hudson III, Myla Calhoun, William Serrata, Dipesh Navsaria, Anne Mosle, Myra Jones-Taylor, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Laurie Miller Brotman, John Annis, Roxane White, Raquel Hatter, Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, …

Making Black History and Forging Black Futures Read More »

Ascend FellowshipFebruary 23, 2022
Poverty is the result of poor policy choices. These choices reflect our national values and decide who deserves access to opportunity to achieve their dreams and who does not. This flawed mindset has led to persistent inequities and a hollowing of our shared humanity. Change is possible. The choice is ours.
BlogNovember 2, 2021
In an op-ed co-authored by Aisha Nyandoro of Springboard to Opportunities and Trene Hawkins of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ascend’s Marjorie Sims states the need to honor Black women with bold policies so that future generations can truly thrive. For even as we are achieve historic successes, racist and sexist systems, structures, and narratives persist and prevent our equity and dignity. …

Centering Black women in policy is key to future families’ prosperity Read More »

Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation CommunityJuly 26, 2021
Ascend is honored that our Executive Director Anne Mosle has been named to the Holding Co.’s CARE 100 List, a first-of-its-kind list of the people doing the most to re-imagine and re-humanize our care system. We are even more overjoyed to see so many of our Ascend Fellows, Network partners, Parent Advisors, philanthropic partners, and …

Here’s to Warriors and Weavers for Care Read More »

BlogOctober 23, 2020
Smiling Family With Parents Giving Children Piggyback Rides In Garden At Home
Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org  Bold Leaders to Advance Innovative Strategies for Families’ Health and Economic Prosperity  Aspen Institute Launches New Partners and Advisors in Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community  Washington, DC – Ascend at the Aspen Institute is proud to announce the new partners and advisors the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, Ascend’s initiative for breakthrough innovations and collaborations that position families to reach educational …

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BlogJuly 22, 2020
This op-ed, by Ascend’s Executive Director Anne Mosle, was published in The Hill on March 24, 2020. There’s a truth we’re all experiencing now: Uncertainty is the enemy of prosperity. Not knowing if and when we can get food for our families. Not knowing if or when we’ll go back to work. Not knowing when …

Op-ed: Uncertainty is the Enemy of Prosperity Read More »

BlogMarch 24, 2020
“It really is the agency and dignity that cash restores.” – Aisha Nyandoro, CEO of Springboard to Opportunities, Ascend Fellow, and Family Prosperity Partner We recently sat down in the studio with Dr. Aisha Nyandoro and Ebony Beals, business owner and Springboard to Opportunities’ participant, to talk about how cash shared with mothers with low …

New Podcast Episode: Cash Matters Read More »

BlogJanuary 10, 2020

Convenings Featuring Springboard to Opportunities

Date: June 7, 2021
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Guaranteed income pilots and projects have proliferated across the country over the last few years – what results do these pilots demonstrate, and what might the implications be for how we approach entrenched narratives around families with low...
ConveningJune 7, 2021