The John T. Gorman Foundation, a Portland nonprofit, is hosting a summit with over 125 Maine leaders to spotlight a two-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and identify what practice and policy changes are needed to further improve family outcomes. The Maine 2Gen Summit takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.

The “two-generation approach” featured at the summit intentionally and simultaneously works with children and adults to empower and create opportunities for families experiencing poverty, according to a prepared release. Speaking on the subject of breaking the cycle of poverty will be Dr. Sara Enos Watamura from the University of Denver, a leading developmental psychobiologist; Nicole Witherbee, president and CEO of John T. Gorman Foundation; and Marjorie Sims, managing director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Invited attendees include state and federal officials, nonprofit leaders, and Maine parent leaders.

The John T. Gorman Foundation — whose mission is to make Maine a more equitable place where all children and families can thrive — has nearly 10 years of experience supporting 2Gen initiatives. It has partnered with national 2Gen leader Ascend at the Aspen Institute to host the Maine 2Gen Summit, the organization’s first.

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