COMMEMORATING our 20th year, Jeremiah Program presents
20/20 Vision 2gen Summit



8:30am – WELCOME
Gloria Perez
, President & CEO of Jeremiah Program

Marjorie Sims
, Ascend at the Aspen Institute

A) Innovation in 2Gen Partnerships
B) Early Childhood Brain Development and the Impact of Trauma Informed Care

A) Innovation in 2Gen Partnerships
B) Early Childhood Brain Development and the Impact of Trauma Informed Care

Wes Moore
, The Robin Hood Foundation

A) Research in Higher Education and Student Parent Success
B) Transformation Change: The Secret Sauce of Empowerment and Coaching 

A) Research in Higher Education and Student Parent Success
B) Transformation Change: The Secret Sauce of Empowerment and Coaching 

Investing in 2Gen and Why it Matters: Marjorie Sims, Ascend at the Aspen Institute Wes Moore, The Robin Hood Foundation & Rosa Maria Castañeda, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Melvin Carter, Mayor of Saint Paul MN

4:30pm – RECEPTION

September 28, 2018

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55430

Inspiring An Open Dialogue About 2Gen Solutions and How to Interrupt Generational Poverty

Commemorating 20 years of transforming families from poverty to prosperity, this one-day thought leadership Summit hosted by Jeremiah Program, will feature national and local speakers, and inspire open dialogue and visionary thinking about 2Gen solutions reducing generational poverty. The Summit will gather 300 leaders, practitioners and experts in the fields of education, child and brain development, family relationships, business and economics and philanthropy, along with Jeremiah Program alumni, staff and community leaders.

Keynote Speakers


Robin Hood

Wes Moore is the CEO at Robin Hood, a bestselling author and a social entrepreneur. Wes previously served on Robin Hood’s Veterans Advisory Board, which brought together leaders from the military, nonprofits and government to connect veterans and their families living in poverty to housing, job training, education, counseling and health services. Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Wes was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an innovative platform addressing the college completion and job placement crisis.


MANAGING DIRECTOR – Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Marjorie has more than 20 years of experience in advancing the status of women and families at local, state, national, and international levels. She formerly served as program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with a specific focus on family economic security programs. Prior to that, Sims held positions at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. During her tenure in Washington, Sims helped launch Stepping Stones, a $5 million, multi-year, regional initiative to increase the income and assets of women-headed families.


SENIOR FELLOW – Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Arthur J. Rolnick is a Senior Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He previously served at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as a senior vice president and director of research and as an associate economist with the Federal Open Market Committee—the monetary policymaking body for the Federal Reserve System. Rolnick is working to advance multidisciplinary research on child development and social policy.


VICE PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Barbara Gault is the Vice President and Executive Director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC. Her work focuses on policies to promote access to postsecondary education and early care and education, improved job quality for low-wage workers, and employment equity. She founded IWPR’s Student Parent Success Initiative, which seeks to improve college access for low-income parents.

Rosa Maria Castañeda

SR. ASSOCIATE – Family Economic Success, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Rosa Maria Castañeda is a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation with a crosscutting portfolio to advance opportunity for low income families and children. She also manages a national portfolio of grants to close the degree completion gap for low income students in the nation’s community colleges, and promote economic mobility for immigrants and refugees. Prior to joining Casey, she was a manager at Pew Charitable Trusts in the state fiscal and economic policy division, and led research on child and family policy at the Urban Institute. She holds two Masters from George Washington University and the London School of Economics.

Melvin Carter

Invited Speaker – MAYOR – City of Saint Paul, Minnesota

Melvin Carter is a fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Saint Paul public school graduate, former Saint Paul City Council member, father, and Saint Paul’s Mayor. Carter has been working to engage, enfranchise, and uplift people not only in Saint Paul, but also across the state and nation. In the run up to his campaign for Mayor, Carter spent a year in conversation with neighbors through a series of listening sessions called Imagine Saint Paul. His unconventional campaign focused on grassroots organizing and earning support from every corner of the city.

Thank You For Your Leadership and Partnering With Us!



John Edmonds

Program Manager
Olmsted County Child and Family Services

Keith Little

Executive Director
SCO Family of Services

Jessica Lehman

Chief Operating Officer
Jeremiah Program

Christine Smith

Health Equity & Tribal Grants Supervisor
Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives – MN Department of Health

Dr. Amit Sood

Professor of Medicine

Mayo Clinic

Molly Kenney, MSW, LICSW

Strategic Initiatives Director
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery


The goal of this 2Gen Summit is to bring the best minds in the field together to elevate the conversation about the two-generation model and discuss the challenges, new innovative approaches, and proven successful strategies that are transforming families and our collective communities. The Summit will also highlight current opportunities for investment in moving single mothers and their children toward educational success and economic security.

Single mothers face an especially daunting journey to a degree, juggling classes, homework, and parenting with a job to afford costly housing and childcare. In fact, having a dependent child doubles the likelihood of leaving college without a degree; just 28% of single moms receive a degree or certificate within six years of college enrollment, compared to 57% of women without children (Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2017).

Speaking from Experience and Leading with Bold Ideas

The 2Gen Summit is being presented by Jeremiah Program, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits in the 2Gen field. For the last two decades, Jeremiah Program has developed some of the most impactful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity, two generations at a time with limited government aid. A member of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Jeremiah Program operates nationally in five states and prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance through empowerment, education and economic independence.

Learn About the 2Gen Model

Two-generation programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. Two-generation models have been proven to achieve significant educational, health, and economic benefits for parents, children, and communities. Parents demonstrate improved postsecondary retention and graduation rates and increased employment, job stability, and emotional well-being. Children achieve outcomes such as better classroom behavior, improved attendance rates and grades, increased literacy, and improved social adjustment (Ascend at the Aspen Institute).

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About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program currently operates nationally in both residential programs with integrated early childhood services and non-residential programs where housing and early childhood education are provided through community partnerships and resources. The organization is on a consistent growth path with its newest programs being developed for launch in Rochester, MN and Brooklyn, NY.

Upon graduation from Jeremiah Program, mothers also  obtain a college degree, ensuring  that when they enter the workforce they are prepared and on a strong career path, while their children are ready for kindergarten.



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