BACSN Forum 2016

Empowering Children and Parents Together:
The Promise of Two-Generation Strategies for Community Schools

Forum nameplate Logos OnlyThis 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.

More logosThe 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:

Mia BirdsongThe 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.

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.

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.

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.

Finally, we would like to thank the speakers on the closing panel: Bay Area Funding for the 2Gen work.