Advance  United,
Live United

Our goal

Families with children in Travis County are financially stable

Current reality

30% of families with children currently live in households with low income

Meet the 2-Gen Coalition

A 2-Gen (or 2-Generation) approach to social services serves parents and children simultaneously and leads to better financial outcomes for both generations.

The 2-Gen Coalition is a network of 281 stakeholders and 119 organizations committed to strengthening and expanding 2-Gen services and resources for Austin-area families. Driven by a community-wide roadmap, the first community-wide strategic plan for 2-Gen in the nation, the 2-Gen Coalition works to create an ecosystem of programs and services that support intergenerational economic opportunity for families with low income.

The 2-Gen Coalition is convened by United Way for Greater Austin as part of our collective impact work to fight poverty.

We formed Link Up Austin, a group of young parents that co-designs our strategies and programs. Together, we’re making the programs and services of local nonprofits more effective.

If you work for an organization looking for ways to implement a 2-Gen approach, check out our 2-Gen Toolkit.

See our community investments

$737,000
invested in local 2-Gen approaches, through our Community Investment Grants

  • $682,000 support agencies providing a 2-Gen approach
  • $55,000 increase the number of families with young children receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
In the past year, we also made these sub-grants to the community

$386,000
supports agencies providing a 2-Gen approach; funding from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Siemer, and the Dallas Fed

$42,000
supports young parents and parent leaders; funding from Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Dallas Fed

Learn about our proven programs

United Way runs these proven programs to ensure all families with children in Travis County are financially stable.

Expanding Opportunities for Young Families

This is the first guaranteed income program in Austin!

Parenting students face barriers to completing and finishing their degree, including challenges finding child care and financial pressures. That’s why, together with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Austin Community College, we are providing parenting students, ages 18-29, with financial incentives to accelerate their postsecondary education. Students who are enrolled full-time earn up to $6,000 per year, and also have access to child care scholarships, emergency cash assistance, a peer community, advising, tutoring, and other vital, wrap-around services.

PACES: Preventing ACEs through Collaboration and Economic Supports

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest direct cash assistance poverty fighting program in the country, yet many families in Central Texas who are eligible for the credit are not receiving it. Together with Foundation Communities, the LBJ School’s Child and Family Research Partnership, and many other partners, we are working to ensure even more families with young children in Austin’s Eastern Crescent receive the EITC and increase protections against Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are strongly linked to poverty.

Early Bird

Research shows that having as little as $500 in a college savings account makes a child three times more likely to enroll in college and four times more likely to graduate. This Dell Medical School pilot incentivizes parents to achieve health and education milestones for their children (such as well-child check-ups and pre-K registration) with deposits in a college savings account for their child. Families can earn $500 in savings. Early Bird is a collaboration of Dell Medical School, Foundation Communities, the University of Texas, and United Way.

Advance Together

We know parenting students leave school for preventable reasons – lack of child care, inability to rebound from costly emergencies, and family financial responsibilities. They begin education pathways to living wage employment, but under pressure to support their families, exit as soon as they can make slightly more money – often after only the first course. In partnership with Austin Community College, we are working to identify parenting students and provide them extra supports that include child care, advising, tutoring, and a living stipend. For every nine credits the students complete, they also earn $250, with $50 set aside as savings. Advance Together is a statewide initiative of the Dallas Fed and funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Impact: At a glance

999

families served in 2-Gen approaches

999 %

of clients with children under 12 completed a credential or degree

999 %

of clients earn higher incomes after programming

First guaranteed income program in Austin helps parenting students advance their careers

First guaranteed income program in Austin helps parenting students advance their careers

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To learn more, please contact:

Paola Silvestre
Director of Family Pathways
Paola.Silvestre@uwatx.org

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