What are the supports and opportunities we can provide to teen parents in order to allow them to raise healthy children, strengthen their economic well-being, and build strong families? Today’s infographic was created by the Healthy Teen Network and illustrates the diverse and unique needs teen parents have with growing up and building a healthy family.
The reason why the infographic resonated with us is because it essentially identifies the needs of these young families that two-generation approaches work to address. Two-generation approaches aim to provide comprehensive services that simultaneously support vulnerable young parents and their children. The National Human Services Assembly has long paid attention to the benefits of two-generation approaches, and as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, NHSA is continuing research into two-generation approaches. This time the research will focus on identifying policy barriers that prevent providing comprehensive programs and services to these young families.
In fact, many of the needs highlighted in the infographic align with the 5 components of a successful two-generation approach that Ascend at the Aspen Institute recognizes. The 5 components can be found in the picture to the left. So as you look at the infographic above (be sure to enlarge the picture to be able to read all of the information) think of how the needs identified can be addressed by the 5 components of a successful two-generation approach: Social Capital, Health and Well-being, Early Childhood Education, Economic Supports, and Postsecondary & Employment Pathways.