Hi everyone! I am excited to be joining Generation Hope as a Social Work Intern. I am from Durham, North Carolina and I graduated from North Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in Bachelors of Arts in psychology. I am currently in my last year at Howard University. I share the values of Generation Hope, higher education and knowledge create many opportunities. I am a new mother and I understand the importance of balance between school, taking care myself and my son. I look forward working with the Scholars, pushing them to be the best students, mothers, and the best version of themselves. I am excited to use my passion for counseling others to make a difference in our Scholars’ lives.
Hello! My name is O’Malley Bentson, and I am so excited to be joining the team at Generation Hope! As a recent college graduate from UNC Chapel Hill, I believe in the power of education and am excited to support an organization that champions education. I spent a summer at UNC working new student and family orientations to the university and saw how impactful it is to join in others’ stories in particular as they set out to achieve a college degree. I got my degree in political science and global studies which exposed me to a lot of systemic issues and gave me a passion for social justice. I’m excited to bring all of this together to support the Scholars and the work of Generation Hope!
Claire is the Program Intern this semester at Generation Hope! After graduating with a Bachelor's in Sociology from The College of Wooster, she worked as a Behavior Technician in Central PA to support children with autism in the classroom and at home. She then worked for a year in Spain as an English and global studies teacher. Now Claire is making her home in DC and happy to be involved with a program that promotes higher education for young parents. Being new to DC, she looks forward to finding spots for biking, hiking, and live music.
Greetings all! My name is Naya Patterson and I am so excited to join Generation Hope as a Scholar Program Coordinator! I share the values of Generation Hope and believe in the importance of this work. My mother was a teen parent, as she had me just three months after her high school graduation and three months after her 18th birthday. Although neither of my parents earned a Bachelor’s degree, they married and raised me in a household that prioritized education and valued family. I am a recent Master of Public Policy graduate of the University of Maryland with a specialization in Education Policy. I am also a proud graduate of Saint Augustine’s University (Raleigh, NC) with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Because of my parents and the opportunities I’ve had as a result of higher education, I am excited to use my passion for equity in education and the well-being of families to uplift our Scholars toward success. I am looking forward to this new journey with you all and am glad to be a part of the Generation Hope family!
Hi! My name is Sophie and I am a new Family Planning Coordinator at Generation Hope. After earning my degree in psychology at College of Wooster, I served a one-year AmeriCorps term at a high school for pregnant and parenting students. The term allowed me to realize the opportunities education allows and how underrepresented youth parents are in our education system. I am so excited to have the opportunity to join Generation Hope in empowering young parents.
I am excited to keep supporting young parents as they earn their education! In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and searching for the best coffee in D.C.