Supporting Families Through Equity-Infused Program Change

More than two decades ago, the local nonprofit Agape Child & Family Services initiated 2Gen, its two-generation, place-based model to support families in the Memphis, Tennessee, area. Agape’s adoption of a two-generation strategy was emblematic of a larger movement in the 21st century among community-based nonprofits and foundations across the country to integrate services and supports for entire families, rather than focus on the needs of children or their parents in isolation. When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted Agape’s traditional approach to providing in-person services to families, the nonprofit partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Mathematica to refine two of its programs based on equity-infused and data-driven rapid-cycle learning.

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