Photo courtesy of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
As a leader in the 2Gen gen field and a member of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Jeremiah Program was proud to attend the Minnesota 2Gen Summit to Reduce Poverty hosted by Ascend and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The Summit featured leaders from the City of Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Foundation, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Future Services Institute – University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs who gathered to discuss 2Gen solutions and strategies to combat poverty across Minnesota. In addition to speakers from leading organizations in the 2Gen field, a panel of Jeremiah mothers ms fielded questions about the impact that 2Gen solutions to ending poverty have had on their lives and the lives of their children. Through panels, discussions, and workshops, organizations at the event worked to build impactful relationships to foster future meaningful collaboration across city, state, and nonprofit partners in the fight against poverty using the 2Gen model. In a joint letter published in the Pioneer Press by three prominent attendees as a result of their participation in the event, MayKao Hang – president and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Chris Coleman – Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, and Emily Piper – Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the three say that recognized also mention Jeremiah Program as a proven model for successful two generation systems, and emphasized the need to shift mindsets to a focus on the whole family rather than the individual in the fight against poverty.