Three Take aways from the "Hope Stroll"

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, Generation Hope held its first benefit walk, the "Hope Stroll" Indoor Walk & Family Day at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.  As a first-time event, we didn't know what to expect.  We hoped to bring together a group of people who believed in the importance of education and family for a morning of fun and exercise.  We got so much more.

 The walkers "strolling" around the track!

The walkers "strolling" around the track!

A Walking Statement of Support

When we're going through a difficult time, it is easy to wonder if anyone is out there -- if anyone cares.  When I looked at the starting line that day, just as more than 200 people in attendance were about to "stroll" around the track, I thought about the statement that this made for young parents who are trying their best to create a better future for their children.  To see so many gathered together in support of their pursuit of a college degree, was a sight to see.  It's something I will never forget -- and neither will our Scholars.

We are a FAMILY

We often refer to Generation Hope as a family, and this was so evident at the "Hope Stroll."  I saw the children of our Scholars in the moon bounces with the children of our attendees.  I saw our Sponsors and volunteers dancing to the music along with our donors and supporters.  I saw vendors like Coexist Campaign and MOM's Organic Market on site, giving away samples in support of our mission and theirs.  It was a beautiful day of connections and ties -- family ties.

Tremendous Fundraising Power

We had some amazing fundraisers who helped us raise $12,000 for Generation Hope.  That's enough to sponsor 10 community college students through our program for one year!  People who reached out to their family and friends, made phone calls, promoted their fundraising pages on social media -- all in the name of making college possible for more teen parents in the D.C. metro area.  I was so proud of these champions for Generation Hope!

It was a big event for Generation Hope, and even though it's a year away, I'm excited for next year and all of the new surprises it will bring.  Thank you again to our sponsors Self Storage Zone, Venable Foundation, Inc., and Elizabeth Link and to everyone who supported!

- Nicole 
Founder & CEO