Colorado leaders discuss solutions to intergenerational poverty at the Two Generation Statewide Conference
DENVER — Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 — This week Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Cabinet members helped kick off of the first Colorado Two Generation Statewide Conference. They, along with more than 200 leaders from across Colorado, came together to discuss two-generation approaches to moving families out of poverty that can be implemented across state agencies, local governments and non-profits.
“There are so many people in Colorado that are experiencing these issues,” Lieutenant Governor Lynne told Colorado Politics. “So through our Education Department, through our Higher Education Department, through our Human Services Department, through Medicaid, we have our fingers on the people and really want to make sure we’re coordinating to help them as much as we can.”
Two generation, or 2Gen approaches work to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by meeting the needs of children and their parents or adult caregivers together, and providing the entire family with access to the resources and support needed to reach their full potential. Building on previous success at the state and local levels, the Governor’s office is working to further expand 2Gen approaches across state agencies, local governments, and the nonprofit sector. Today, 10 different state agencies are actively developing 2Gen initiatives that they will implement over the next year.
The 2Gen Statewide conference is supported by the Chambers Family Fund, the Rose Community Foundation, Gary Community Investments, and the Zoma Foundation. Ascend at the Aspen institute, the National Governors Association and the Center on Law and Social Policy have also supported this conference.