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Out on the Town to Support our Community Partners!

Director of Operations & Programming, Kendria Reynoso, and myself at the D.C. Campaign event.Generation Hope was out on the town last week in support of other organizations in our community.   Truly making a difference requires a partnership approach – pulling our energy and resources together to keep someone on the right track, in school, or in their homes.  We partner with dozens of amazing organizations across the D.C. Metro area to support our Scholars and other vitally important causes.  

The D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy held its annual Celebrity Auction on October 13th, and thanks to the generosity of the Summit Fund of Washington, two members of the Generation Hope staff were able to attend.  It was a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of the organization – for instance, reducing the teen pregnancy rate in D.C. (not easy!) – and to look toward the future – a goal of cutting the teen pregnancy rate even more.   It was also nice to see that it all began with one person, the organization’s founder, Brenda Miller, being passionate about her vision.  So inspiring for us as we are just starting out!

On Tuesday night, we attended a homecoming event for current members and alumni of Leadership Montgomery – an awesome organization, which engages a diverse group of leaders through programs and membership activities.  The end goal is to help leaders more effectively impact the community.   We were invited by one of our Generation Hope Sponsors, Suzanne Simpson, who is also an alumni of Leadership Montgomery.   The room was packed with leaders who are passionate about improving Montgomery County in a variety of ways.  The energy was awesome!

Lastly, this past weekend, A Wider Circle celebrated 10 years of service.   A Wider Circle serves the Washington, D.C. Metro area by helping children and adults lift themselves out of poverty.  They do this through a variety of programs and over their 10 years, A Wider Circle has served more than 80,000 children and adults.   WOW.   We weren’t able to attend the celebration, but we wanted to acknowledge this huge milestone.  Congratulations to founder, Dr. Mark Bergel, his staff, volunteers and many supporters!

This recap represents a multifaceted approach to improving our communities through teen pregnancy prevention, the engagement of community leaders, and small charities doing big things to end poverty.  Congrats to all!

- Nicole