Fewer than 2%. That's how many teen mothers earn a college degree before the age of 30. And because DC has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, this means that there are thousands of young families living in poverty -- because college graduation and economic success are inextricably intertwined. Generation Hope is dedicated to increasing graduation rates among teen mothers and fathers. Young parents in the program come from trying circumstances: they are low income, have been in foster care, have experienced homelessness and abuse, and have been told that, as teen parents, they will fail in life. The Scholar Program provides them with a mentor and up to $2,400 a year in tuition assistance right up to college graduation. Mentors are caring, committed adults who assist them in identifying resources in the community and at their colleges, and provide encouragement, hope, and a commitment to seeing them succeed. This year, the group will support 38 scholars and provide college-readiness workshops to 200 parenting high school students. More diplomas are on their way.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • % of senior Generation Hope Scholars who graduate from college:   100%
  • % of Generation Hope Scholars with a GPA above a 2.5:   69%

Awards & Recognition

2015 Honorable Mention Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2015 EXCEL Award - Founder & CEO
2014 CNN Hero - Founder & CEO
"Stories of Champions" by PBS - Founder & CEO (September 2014)
Promising Program - Institute for Women's Policy Research 2014
Harris Hero - ABC7 (June 2013)


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Generation Hope is: Less than $500k

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