Some of the most effective programs for ending the cycle of poverty are ones where the needs of parents and their children are addressed at the same time—what has become known as the 2-generation, or 2-gen, model.
As part of its continued commitment to 2-gen programs in Maine, the John T. Gorman Foundation convened its second 2-Generation Practice Institute in April. Six teams running 2-gen programs in communities across the state—Aroostook County Action Program, Community Concepts, Families First, Family Futures Downeast, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, and The Opportunity Alliance—gathered to learn about national best practices, discuss their challenges, and tell stories of their successes applying their 2-gen strategies on the ground. Several parents in these programs also shared their vital perspectives.
These organizations have all made important gains since the first Institute was held a year ago. The Foundation applauds these 2-Gen practitioners as they continue to address generational poverty in Maine, as well as the parents who are trying to make a better future for themselves and their children.