Organization Name: Generation Hope

Focus Area: Adult Learners
Region: United States
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2020
Generation Hope surrounds motivated teen parents and their children with the mentors, emotional support and financial resources that they need to thrive in college and kindergarten, driving a two-generation solution to poverty. Generation Hope engages in local and national advocacy, amplifying the student parent voice and experience. Additionally, Generation Hope leverages its data and best practices to provide colleges and universities with tools, resources and support to improve outcomes for student parents.

Why We Invested

Research indicates that fewer than 2% of teen mothers earn a college degree before age 30. Generation Hope aims to change this discouraging statistic and lift up the many teen parents who, with a bit more support, can succeed in college. Embedded in Generation Hope’s programs is an emphasis on a two-generation approach, supporting the educational success of student parents and the healthy development of their children. Generation Hope recently launched a national survey, supported by Imaginable Futures and Chegg.org, to establish more concrete information around the college experiences of the student parent population before working to broaden the organization’s reach to provide guidance and technical assistance to colleges and universities to increase their capacity to serve this population.

As a former teen mom, I know firsthand the difference a college degree can make. We’re proud of the impact that we have made in our first 10 years through direct service with young parents in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Now through our national advocacy and technical assistance for colleges and universities, we’re breaking down systemic barriers in higher education for the nearly four million undergraduate students who are parenting today.”
Nicole Lynn Lewis, Founder & CEO, Generation Hope