Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority hosts delegation from
Ohio, October 21, 2019: The Lucas Metropolitan Housing
Authority, along with some of their 2Gen Partners, met
with a delegation from Azerbaijan on Friday. The delegation was
sponsored by the U.S. Open World Program—funded by the U.S.
Congress and administered by Rotary International. The
delegation was visiting the area to collaborate on best
practices for early childhood education. Azerbaijan is a former
Soviet republic and is a small petroleum exporting country.
The group, was hosted by Adrian Morning Rotary, and finished their
weeklong visit on Friday morning with a presentation on the 2Gen
strategies being implemented at LMHA developments. LMHA, along
with representatives from Lucas County Family Council, Zepf /NetWORK
and Brothers United outlined how this emerging concept in
educating and supporting not only pre-school age children, but
their parents as well, produces positive results in our
The 2Gen Program is an anti-poverty initiative that provides
integrated support for both children and their parents. This
approach has proven effective in breaking children and their
families free from the taps of poverty and empowering them to
live up to their full potential. It helps children and families
get the education, workforce training, social support (such as
parenting skills) and health care they need to create
multi-generational economic stability and overall well-being.
that a parent’s education, economic stability and overall health
has an impact on a child’s trajectory. A 2Gen approach helps
both generations make progress together and gets closer to
fulfilling all parents’ wishes that their children will do
better than they did.
The government of Azerbaijan’s goal is to expand early childhood
education to centers, for children ages three and four,
throughout their country. They were looking at the 2Gen model as
well as gathering information from schools, preschools and
daycare centers. They also visited educator training
institutions at Eastern Michigan University, Adrian College and
Siena Heights University.
“We were extremely happy to have hosted this delegation and
familiarize them with our 2Gen approach,” stated Coleena Ali,
Vice President of Resident Services for LMHA. “LMHA, along with
our 2Gen partners, are striving to make this approach work for
the betterment of our community.”