Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Host 2018 2Gen Summit on Breaking Cycles of Poverty

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Host 2018 2Gen Summit on Breaking Cycles of Poverty

SARASOTA, FL – In partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is hosting the 2018 2Gen Summit on March 13 & 14, the second of its kind in our region. The conference takes place at the Lee Wetherington Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Over two days, more than 250 local leaders from nonprofit organizations, civic groups, county school systems, the private sector, and city and county commissions will convene to determine ways Sarasota County, Manatee County, and our greater community can strategize how to honor, respect and support vulnerable families as they take steps to break the multi-generational cycle of poverty. Attendees will hear from national thought leaders from around the country, program directors, social workers, and parents and families.

Inspired by Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the summit revolves around the subject of the two-generation, or “2Gen,” approach which focuses on creating opportunities and addressing needs of both children and the adults in their lives together. The 2Gen approach incorporates four core components: educational opportunities, economic supports, social capital, and health and well-being.

Since 2011, the Community Foundation has been partnering with local organizations and county schools to integrate 2Gen philosophy into local programs directed at lifting vulnerable families out of poverty. The summit aims to benefit 2Gen novices and experts by providing the latest research and innovative practices that support families on their journey to economic security and educational success.

Agenda topics cover: Mental Health, Affordable Housing, Racial Equity, Parent Education and Workforce Training, Engaging and Listening to Families, Building Successful Partnerships, and Effectively Measuring Program Outcomes.

Speakers include:

  • Ann Christiano, Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications, University of Florida School of Journalism
  • Anne Mosle, Vice President at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of Ascend
  • Monica Barczak, Director of Strategic Partnerships, CAP Tulsa
  • Dr. Raquel T. Hatter, Deputy Director of the Human Services Program, The Kresge Foundation
  • Stacy Spann, Executive Director, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, MD.
  • Hal Williams, Outcomes Guide


About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County: The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of over $333 million in more than 1,400 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $33 million dollars this past year in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, animal welfare, and the environment. Since our founding, more than $217 million has been invested back into the community through grants and scholarships. For more information, visit


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