In the United States today, nearly 45 percent of all children live in low-income families, and nearly 1.4 million young people are out-of-school and out-of-work while raising young children. Yet our education and human services systems have not kept up with the needs of 21st century families.
To help address this issue, the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) was selected to join the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families.
“These leaders are fueling change for America’s families,” said Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. “As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the ‘War on Poverty,’ the Aspen Institute is proud to invest in transformational ideas to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.”
NHSA is one of the initial 58 organizations, selected from 24 states and the District of Columbia, that represent the leading edge of a national movement around two-generation approaches. Two-generation approaches look at the whole family’s needs and provide opportunities for children and their parents together. This means linking programs and resources that support the components that build strong families–economic supports, education, social capital, and health and well-being—which are often silo-ed due to programmatic, policy, or systematic constraints.
The selected organizations range from community colleges seeking to better serve student parents and their children, to early childhood centers engaging parents in pathways to employment, to two-generation partnerships spearheaded by Promise Neighborhoods, United Ways, and women’s foundations.
View the full list of the Apsen Institute Ascend Network Members here.
Learn more about NHSA’s work with Two-Generation Programs here.
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