To effectively serve many youth and adults, a multi-generational or two-generational approach may needed to ensure employment retention and self-sufficiency for a family.

Top Ten for 2Gen

Researchers at the Aspen Institute identified principles that differentiate two-generation policies from other policies that serve parents or children separately.

The Aspen Institute's "Top Ten for 2Gen: Policies and Principles to Advance Two-Generation Efforts" outlines six principles and ten specific policies to guide the design and implementation of effective two-generation strategies.

  1. Measure and account for outcomes for both children and their parents
  2. Engage and listen to the voices of families
  3. Foster innovation and evidence together
  4. Align and link systems and funding streams
  5. Prioritize intentional implementation
  6. Ensure equity.

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Strategies for Two-Generation Approaches

In many cases, counselors and case managers will need to assess whether a two-generation approach may work better to break the cycle of poverty, ensure first generation college attendance, reduce recidivism, or remedy a number of other issues that can persist from generation to generation.