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Brighton Center was focus of innovative collaborative to learn more about two-generation solutions

Brighton Center was the national focus of a collaborative of funders at a first-time gathering to learn more about two-generation program strategies.

Brighton Center showcased its innovative approach to advancing a two-generation strategy to create opportunities for whole families to reach self-sufficiency.

The national peer-learning site visit was coordinated by Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group in collaboration with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Anne E. Casey Foundation, and Ascend at the Aspen Institute.

It was the first blended site visit of this kind nationally.

The impactful strategy and practice that Brighton Center is implementing has been lifted up through several national convening’s prior to being selected for this site visit.

Teams from around the nation came together to learn how they can implement 2Gen strategies at their organizations. The 15 teams included organizations from Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

Representatives from the Aspen Institute, Annie Casey Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and local leaders from United Way, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and the Northern Kentucky Chamber also participated.

Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both children and the adults in their lives together. The approach recognizes that families come in all different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves.

“Brighton Center is honored to host this site visit and share strategies that have the potential to impact families across the nation,” said Tammy Weidinger, Brighton Center President & CEO.

 “Overall, it was clear that Brighton Center and its leadership team and staff had a unified vision, strong set of values, were committed to equity, and took a comprehensive, root cause approach to effectively serving families and children. We were and are very pleased with the choice of Brighton Center for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s STEPS two generation pilot and know there will be positive impact on the economic security of vulnerable families and their children, as well as ripple effects throughout the region from all their good work for years to come,” said Paula R. Sammons, Program Officer, Family economic security, at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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