Tackling Intergenerational Poverty in Utah
State leaders in Utah are determined to find solutions to intergenerational poverty and strengthen the lives of children and their parents. As Governor Gary R. Herbert shared with colleagues at the National Governors Association, ‚ÄúIntergenerational poverty is generation after generation where the grandparents, parents, and now the children, are trapped in poverty. We‚Äôre trying to break that cycle.‚Äù With this focus, the Governor tasked his administration to find solutions and prioritize the work of Utah‚Äôs multi-agency Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission and data initiative in 2012. Ascend at the Aspen Institute became one of the partners in these efforts through connections with other innovative states, local community efforts, technical assistance, and leadership support.