With a two-generational approach, the goal is to move vulnerable families toward educational success, economic security, and family well-being; it has a proven track record through the Harlem Children’s Zone, the Ascend Network, and in other communities around the nation. This work seeks to establish economic security for adults, household stability for the family and an environment that supports healthy, educated children.
And, this new way of working is achieving results. More families are in their own homes. More children are prepared for school. Fewer kids are worried about being hungry because parents are employed.
One of the collaborative partners observed, “If a family doesn’t believe there’s hope, it’s tough to succeed. And this is true about the whole family – not just the kids, not just the adults. With hope, their inner resources kick back in. Our collaborative work is giving them hope.”
That’s what changing generations is all about.