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Generation Hope

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


415 Michigan Ave NEWashington, DC 20017 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Generation Hope is the only community-based nonprofit organization that helps DC-area teen parents graduate from college while helping their children become kindergarten rockstars! Founded in 2010, Generation Hope selects teen mothers and teen fathers who have displayed academic achievement and a desire to go to college to become Scholars in the Generation Hope Scholar Program. Teen parents are often dismissed by school officials and others when it comes to their potential to pursue higher education. Once accepted, Generation Hope provides each Scholar with two supports that we believe increase the likelihood that they will obtain their college degree; up to $2,400 per year in tuition assistance and one-on-one mentoring. Additionally, Scholars receive an increased network of support from the extended family that the program provides to them and to their young children. This support stays with Scholars until they earn their two or four-year degree.

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Generation Hope mentors (Sponsors) provide either $1,200/year for a community college student or $2,400/year for a four-year college student in college tuition support as well as one-on-one mentoring until the Scholar graduates. It is a direct-giving, hands on experience. When you become a mentor, you can rest assured that the effects of your giving will not only impact a teen parent but also their child. Research shows that parents' educational level when their child is eight years old significantly predicts educational and occupational success for the child 40 years later. This means that mentoring a Scholar will increase the economic stability for a young parent and will directly contribute to the academic and professional outcomes for their child as much as 40 years in the future. That is long lasting.


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