Family Pathways

Family Pathways and 2-Gen in Austin

United Way’s Family Pathways utilizes the 2-Gen approach which disrupts the cycle of intergenerational poverty by intentionally linking services for parents and their children. By focusing on education, social capital, health, and financial security for the whole family, United Way and the Austin/Travis County 2-Gen coalition are working to create a social services ecosystem that promotes economic mobility for generations to come.

In 2015, community leaders created a 2-Gen Vision for Austin, outlining their shared goal of coordinated services for parents and children to create economic and social opportunity for whole families. In December of 2018, the 2-Gen Coalition launched the Family Opportunity Roadmap: The Austin/Travis County 2-Gen Strategic Plan, which will guide the community’s efforts for the next five years. This action-oriented plan outlines goals corresponding to each element of a 2-Gen approach – education, social capital, health, and financial security – and strategies to undertake as a community in order to achieve those goals.


As our coalition moves from planning to implementation, we will work together to expand the 2-Gen approach across the social services ecosystem in Austin, in order to achieve the long-term goal of advancing intergenerational economic mobility for families with low income.

2018 Community-Wide Strategic Planning Process

With funding provided by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, United Way and community partners worked over the course of 2018 to develop the Austin/Travis County 2-Gen Strategic Plan. Stakeholders from a variety of sectors came together throughout the year to establish goals, prioritize strategies, decide on performance measures, and articulate a set of policy priorities for the next five years. The planning process included input and leadership from the following stakeholder groups:

Key Stakeholder Groups
  • Family Pathways Leadership Council: System-level leaders and decision-makers focused on orienting the policy and programmatic vision of the plan.
  • Family Pathways Stakeholder Network: Community service providers and other stakeholders from education, housing, transportation, and health focused on developing the content of the strategic plan.

Community Investment

To learn more about organizations doing 2-Gen work in Austin, as well as to see a list of our 2-Gen grantees, visit our Community Investment page.

Policy Research Project (2017)

United Way partnered with students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin to identify community needs, program assets, labor market trends and program evaluation strategies within the 2-Gen framework. The research team recommended the creation of new partnerships among agencies to provide comprehensive services using a 2-Gen approach.

Policy Research Website

The team of LBJ Students created a website with mapping tools to identify community needs and program assets by zip code within the 2-Gen framework. Click here to check it out.

Contact Us

To learn more about Family Pathways, contact:

Paola Silvestre Porras, Director of Family Pathways

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