Empowering Children and Parents Together:
The Promise of Two-Generation Strategies for Community Schools
This year’s community school forum was co-hosted by the United Way of the Bay Area (UWBA) and the Center for Strategic Community Innovation (CSCi). UWBA and CSCi would like to thank all of our sponsors.
The forum started with an introduction to the 2Gen work from Marissa Mahoney, a Senior Program Associate from Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ms. Mahoney shared two important resources the Making Tomorrow Better: Report of the Two-Generations Outcomes Group and the 2Gen Outcomes Bank.
The United Way of the Bay Area shared an additional resource, their report on Strengthening Two-Generation Approaches through Family Engagement.
A panel of local experts shared 2Gen strategies their schools and agencies use to engage children and their families. The panel included:
- Tenisha Tate, Executive Director, 2Gen Equity – Presentation
- Malcolm Gaines, Senior Clinical Projects Director, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center – Presentation
- Valorie Hutson, Founder and Executive Director, Eagle Village Community Center Youth and Family Services – Presentation
- Julina Bonilla, Program Director, West Oakland Job Resource Center – Presentation
The keynote address from Mia Birdsong, Co-Director of Family Story and an Ascend Fellow, focused on the role of social capital, community, and self-determination in the 2Gen work. Please view Mia’s powerful TED talk to hear how she advocates for strong communities and the self-determination of everyday people.
We would like to thank all of the panelists and attendees of our breakout sessions who engaged in meaningful conversations.
Making Tomorrow Better Together: Exploring Evaluations and Outcomes of 2Gen Programs. Panelists discussed evaluations of 2Gen programs, outcomes that are typically targeted in this field and shared an online evaluation outcomes bank.
- Marissa Mahoney, Senior Program Associate, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
- Corey Newhouse, Founder and Principal, Public Profit
- Danielle Toussaint, Director, Research & Evaluation, Hatchuel Tabernik and Associates
- Ena Yasuhara Li, Senior Director, Education and Evaluation, United Way of the Bay Area
Whole Family Health and Well-Being. Panelists shared effective models to offer services to children and families that use innovative family-centered interventions to ensure individual well-being.
- Liane Wong, Program Officer, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Shari Garger, Nurse Consultant, Nurse Family Partnership
- Luisa Buada, Chief Executive Officer, Ravenswood Family Health Center
Two-Generation Strategies for Special Populations. Specific challenges, such as immigration, homelessness, incarceration and many others, that can cause a family to be in crisis. Panelists discussed how community schools are uniquely positioned to provide support for the whole family.
- Darris Young, Local Organizer, Ella Baker Center
- Aaron Ortiz, CEO, La Familia Counseling Service
- Teneh Weller, Executive Director, High Expectations Parental Service
- Brian Greenberg, Vice President, Programs & Services, LifeMoves
- Tim Tabernik, Principal and President, Hatchuel Tabernik and Associates
Parents as the Solution: 2Gen Family Engagement. Panelists discussed how cross-generation engagement strategies function within the context of school sites and district-level communities.
- Jaclyn Kordell, McPherson Family Resource Center Coordinator, On the Move: Napa Valley
- Sandra Portasio, Director of School-Community Partnerships, Redwood City School District
- Renee Herzfeld, Director, Hayward Promise Neighborhood Early Learning Network; Executive Director, Alameda County 4Cs
- Marin Trujillo, Community Engagement Coordinator, West Contra Costa Unified School District
- Carol Hill, Director, Center for Strategic Community Innovation
Finally, we would like to thank the speakers on the closing panel: Bay Area Funding for the 2Gen work.
- Lisa Villarreal, Program Officer, The San Francisco Foundation
- Liane Wong, Leader and Program Officer, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Casey Johnson, Executive Director, GreenLight Fund Bay Area
- James Head, President and Chief Executive Officer, East Bay Community Foundation
- Judi Larsen, Program Manager, The California Endowment
- Janis Burger, Chief Executive Officer, First 5 Alameda County
- Eric McDonnell, Chief Operation Officer, United Way of the Bay Area