|Bradenton, Florida, April 29, 2014 – Visible Men Academy was announced today as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families Visible Men Academy 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.
“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.”
The Aspen Institute identified Visible Men Academy through a highly selective national competition. More than 250 organizations applied to join the Network and receive funding from the Aspen Institute Ascend Fund. The selected organizations ranged 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.
In the United States today, nearly 45 percent of all children live in low-income families. Almost 25 percent of today’s college students are parents. Yet our education and human services systems have not kept up with the needs of 21st century families. Together, Visible Men Academy and the Ascend Network are redesigning programs and policies to create a legacy of opportunity that passes from one generation to the next.
“Visit www.givingpartnerchallenge.org on May 6 at noon through May 7 at noon to participate in the 24 hour Giving Challenge to help Visible Men Academy raise funding for its important educational work with two generations for 2014.
Visible Men Academy is an all boys K-8 public charter school that provides outstanding academic, character and social development in a nurturing school environment. Through an innovative Parent Success Program, VMA will identify the most prominent needs of our parents to coordinate community resources and support to position parents to be strong advocates for their children’s education and for their own future.