Become a Mentor with Generation Hope!
Generation Hope’s individual mentors (i.e. Sponsors) are individuals who invest in the educational success of teen parents who are attending college across the Washington, DC metro area. As an individual mentor, you will be matched one-on-one with a young parent in our program and help them get to the graduation stage by providing emotional support, guidance, and cheerleading throughout their college career. As an individual mentor you will:
- Provide emotional support, and consistent encouragement to your Scholar by meeting with your Scholar once per month for a fun activity (perhaps a movie, coffee, exercise class, walk, etc.) and regular check-ins at least every other week over the phone, via text, or email.
- Contribute either $1,200/year (or $100 monthly) in tuition assistance for a Scholar who is attending a community college or $2,400/year (or $200 monthly) in tuition assistance for a Scholar who is attending a four-year college - until your Scholar graduates.
- Participate in a one-day initial training and at least one other training throughout each year.
Time commitment: One-hour monthly mentoring get-togethers with your Scholar throughout their college career, one initial training, and one additional 3-hour training in the fall or spring. Events are always metro accessible
*Mentor applicants must complete a background check, participate in an interview, and attend an orientation training. Mentor applications are due June 1 for matching for the 2021 school year.
The application to become an individual or group mentor is found here.
About Generation Hope
415 Michigan Ave NE, Suite 250, WASHINGTON, DC 20017, US
Generation Hope is a nonprofit organization that matches sponsors with teen parents who are attending college and are in need of financial and emotional support. Based on the belief that education is vital to success, its purposes are to give young parents and their children a support system as they pursue academic excellence, to provide a direct-support experience for sponsoring organizations and individuals, and to create a new generation of ambitious and successful families.
This one-of-a-kind program, started by a former teen mother who wanted to see more teen parents beat the odds, matches teen parents (Scholars) who are attending college in the Washington, D.C. metro area with individuals, organizations, and local businesses (Sponsors) to participate in a mentoring relationship that includes emotional and financial support. This is a multi-year commitment, lasting until the Scholar receives their college degree.
We believe education is the best promise for teen parents to achieve stable and successful futures and consistent financial and emotional support increases the likelihood that they will graduate. When teen mothers and fathers earn college degrees, their children are less likely to live in poverty, and our communities are strengthened.