United Way’s 2-Gen approach supports families living in low-income households by intentionally providing services to parents and children simultaneously. The 2-Gen approach provides families with opportunities to further their education, build social capital, maintain their physical and mental health, and increase economic well-being and overall stability.
UWATX and community partners are working collaboratively to implement a 2-Gen approach to programs and services in Austin. In 2015, community leaders created a 2-Gen Vision for Austin, outlining their shared goal of coordinated services for parents and children. In this vision, policies, programs and their resources are aligned, to help parents improve basic educational skills and become economically stable. Meeting the needs of both generations will produce larger and more enduring effects than can be achieved by services parents and children separately.
Additional Information About Austin 2-Gen
Resources to Create a 2-Gen Approach in Your Community
- Advancing Two-Generation Approaches series (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
- Strengthening the Foundation: Strategic Evidence for Two-Generation Approaches (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
- Community Guide to 2Gen Approaches (Ascend at the Aspen Institute)
- Building Community Resilience: Coalition Building and Communications Guide (Milken Institute School of Public Health and Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention & Wellness)
- Two-Generational Strategies to Improve Immigrant Family and Child Outcomes (Center for Law and Social Policy)
- Serving Immigrant Families Through Two-Generation Programs: Identifying Family Needs and Responsive Program Approaches (Migration Policy Institute)