With one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, DC is home to thousands of young families living in poverty because the parents lack an education: fewer than 2% of teen mothers earn a college degree before age 30. Founded by a former teen mother, Generation Hope surrounds these young parents with the support they need to thrive in college … and to help their little ones enter kindergarten ready for success. The Scholar Program provides parents with a mentor, crisis support, and up to $2,400 a year in tuition assistance. Meanwhile, Next Generation Academy offers home visits, parenting support, learning materials, and access to high-quality childcare for scholars’ children ages one to five. Next year Generation Hope will support 101 Scholars and 20 children, and provide college-readiness workshops to 300 parenting high schoolers. With your help, more diplomas are on the 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:
- % of Generation Hope Scholars with a GPA above a 2.5:
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)
- "Local Nonprofit Accepts Young Fathers"
Wed Oct 1 2014, The Washington Informer
Since 2010, Generation Hope has supported more than 40 teen mothers striving to complete college and enter the career fields of their choice
- "Helping teen moms succeed in college"
Thu Jun 12 2014, CNN
If you met Nicole Lynn Lewis when she was in high school, you never would have thought "statistic."
- $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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