Hear inspiring conversations from Dreamers and Doers across the country.


Our digital chartbook provides the first comprehensive look at available data on student fathers to help institutions, policymakers, and advocates better support their success.

Reimagining Child Welfare
Reimagine Child Welfare

This interactive report interrogates the systems, practices, and policies that contribute to disparities and poor outcomes for children, families, and communities.

2022 I&I Report
Our Impact & Inspiration Report

Meet inspiring leaders and learn about innovative solutions from the Ascend community. 

Innovation Abound
Family Prosperity Innovations Abound

This compendium surfaces effective strategies to accelerate social and economic mobility for working families with low incomes.

PSP Leadership Playbook
Tapping the Talents of Student Parents

Our interactive playbook identifies five promising strategies that higher education institutions can implement to support the unique needs of student parents.

Child Trends
New 2Gen Family Research

Groundbreaking analysis of families paints a richer portrait of the state of families in America.

ECD Report
A new future for early childhood leadership

Download our new report Toward a More Equitable Tomorrow: A Landscape Analysis of Early Childhood Leadership.

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Ascend At The Aspen Institute

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a catalyst and convener for diverse leaders working across systems and sectors to build intergenerational family prosperity and well-being by intentionally focusing on children and the adults in their lives together. We believe in the power of co-creation. We are a community of leaders — well-connected, well-prepared, and well-positioned — building the political will that transforms hearts, minds, policies, and practices.

1 in 5 Podcast
1 in 5: The Student Parent Podcast

Today, more than one in five college students in the US are parents. Our ‘1 in 5’ podcast vividly profiles students who are parents pursuing their education while raising a family and working. Throughout the series, student parents share their journeys raising a family, working, and navigating challenges while pursuing a postsecondary degree. These experiences of students who are parents should not be unfamiliar or unheard, especially on college campuses.

Employer Principles
Four Employer Principles for family prosperity

Comprehensive, integrated, and fair policies for workers are critical not only for parents, caregivers, and their children, but they’re essential for businesses and communities to thrive. Sign on to the principles to join the acknowledge the shared goal of achieving good jobs for all parents and caregivers, especially those with low incomes.

National Network
National Ascend Network

The Ascend Network connects cross-sector organizations from across the country that are using the two-generation (2Gen) approach to create a society where all families can reach their full potential. These leaders, who are most proximate to communities and know families’ needs and potential, implement the 2Gen model at scale so parents and children can grow their talents and and skills.

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Ascend Convenings

Location: Aspen Meadows, 845 Meadows Rd, Aspen, CO 81611
At Aspen VisionXChange, we aimed to:...
ConveningJuly 31, 2023
– August 1, 2023
Location: Virtual
Are you a healthcare provider or administrator who believes we must do more upstream to alleviate economic strain for our patient families to improve medical outcomes? Join us to learn how....
ConveningJuly 19, 2023
Location: Aspen, CO
In a time of historically low trust in leaders and institutions, how can leaders build trust across lines of difference, depolarize solutions, and not live in fear of cancel culture? What does it look like to lead effectively today and increase the...
ConveningJune 27, 2023

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