Ascend is a policy program of the Aspen Institute and hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. We take a two-generation approach to our work focusing on both children and their parents together and bring a gender and racial equity lens to analysis. We believe that education, economic supports, and social capital are the core elements that create an intergenerational cycle of opportunity. As a new model of social innovation and cross-sector collaboration, we are engaged in three strategies:
- Building a brain trust of diverse leaders through a national fellowship program and extended learning network.
- Identifying, supporting, and elevating two-generation programs, policies, and community solutions.
- Sparking and expanding a conversation to ensure the perspectives, strengths, resilience, and aspirations of families inform program design and policy development.
Ascend elevates “two-generation approaches,” which provide opportunities for and meet the needs of vulnerable parents and their children together.
Learn more at www.ascendprogram.org.