In 2014, EMPath introduced a new model to help whole families exit poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency. The Intergenerational Mobility Project (Intergen) is grounded in a deep understanding of how children develop in an environment of relationships – and how a parent’s ability to meet life’s challenges is intertwined with the well-being of their children.

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After a few years of testing the model internally, EMPath partnered with organizations in Seattle, Wash. and Jackson, Miss. to conduct the first round of external pilots. In July 2019, EMPath announced the expansion of Intergen pilots to five external sites, with funding from the Nordblom Family Foundation. The family foundation granted $92,000 to each of the following five nonprofit organizations: The Opportunity Alliance (Maine) Heading Home (Massachusetts) Coalition on Temporary Shelter (Michigan) The Family Partnership (Minnesota) Community Services Consortium (Oregon)

Over the the course of 20 months, each organization will recruit at least 40 families, use a specialized set of all-ages coaching tools with those families, collect outcomes data, and report it for further development of the model. The grants provided by the foundation will allow the organizations to cover the costs of implementation like training and staffing.


The Intergen Project was designed with support from the Frontiers of Innovation at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.