Multi-Generational Programs

Multi-Generational programs (also called the 2Gen approach) address the needs of both children and parents, with the ultimate goal of creating self-sustaining opportunities and better outcomes for the whole family unit. Multi-Generational programs have been applauded and proven to be a holistic way to end the cycle of poverty, which is why EDSI is so committed to offering this program to as many families in as many regions as possible.

Is your region looking for a successful and innovative program designed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty?

Multi-Gen programs excel at addressing the needs of both parents and children, with the goal of creating opportunities that lead to family-sustaining wages and a strengthened family unit.

This research-driven model has proven successful with some of the most difficult-to-serve populations. According to the Urban Institute, “Investments in multi-generational models could significantly reduce or even eliminate the investment required to support third and subsequent generations.”

How does it work? What do participants walk away with when the program is done?

Multi-Gen programming brings parents and their children together for job readiness, academic instruction and family mealtime. We have specific goals we are committed to helping adults, children and families walk away with:

Adults: improve job readiness skills and employability through an employer-driven curriculum geared toward high-priority occupations. Successful completion of the program often leads to recognized credentials and certifications, and job placement often follows.

Children: Strengthen education and behavior through age-appropriate, activity-based learning and support.

Families: Develop and practice positive communication, parenting and life skills.

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Program Spotlight: Chester, PA

Multi-Gen has proven instrumental in helping people enter or re-enter the Pennsylvania workforce. In the first two years of programming, 42 people secured full-time employment, and participant employment placement rate was 85%.

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Additional Positive Outcomes

Additional positive outcomes of Multi-Gen programs for parents include reduced stress, stronger educational and employment skills, and more confidence in their role as their child’s first teacher.

The children participating in the program receive fantastic support, not just with their schoolwork, but also with developing social skills and emotional intelligence, often working with a licensed social workers.

Activities such as family dinners have proven to lessen family stress, build children’s social and communication skills, encourage family dialogue, and introduce children to new food experiences.

In a recent cohort, EDSI experienced a greater than 95% attendance rate for adult and school-aged participants.

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